TEXARKANA, Texas — There's a certain intensity added when neighbors compete.
New Boston traveled to Liberty-Eylau to take on the Leopards at the Rader Dome Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Leopards defeated the Lady Lions in a rout, 74-42, while the Lions edged the Leopards, 67-66.
Liberty-Eylau was in complete control from the opening tip.
L-E kept New Boston on their heels with a flurry of substitutions throughout much of the second half.
The Leopards continued to pour in buckets, keeping a 20-point cushion throughout much of the final period.
Tamara Norris finished with seven rebounds and 13 points for the Leopards, while teammate Breanna Webster added four points.
Bryana Block snatched a defensive rebound for the Leopards and went the length of the court before being fouled on her layup attempt. Block nailed her second of two free throws, giving L-E a 41-27 advantage with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
Block ended the game with four steals, three rebounds and a game-high 24 points.
Victoria Burns led the Lions offensively with 11 points and teammate Tamiya Smith added eight points.
The Leopards continued their full-court press throughout much of the second period.
L-E ballooned their over New Boston to 14 points on a transition layup by Cierra Manley on a outlet pass from Myah Hurd with 14 seconds left in the first half, 34-20.
Manley finished with 10 points, while Hurd end the game with six points and eight rebounds.
L-E held a early 10-1 over New Boston in the first quarter with 3:24 left in the period.
The Leopards did not give up a field goal basket in the first quarter.
The Lions committed 10 turnovers in the first period, while forcing five Liberty-Eylau blunders.
Maggie Taylor drained a corner trey to cut the L-E deficit to thee points, 13-10.
On the following possession, Taylor was fouled on the other end of the court and was award two free throws because both schools were in the bonus. Taylor knocked down both shots from the charity stripe, bringing New Boston within a point of the Leopards, 13-12.
Taylor finished the contest with seven points, a steal and four rebounds.
What started as a blowout, quickly turned into a close game in the second half between the Lions and Leopards.
New Boston and L-E traded buckets for much of the fourth quarter.
Keeunue Shepard tied the game for the Leopards after driving to the basket while being fouled and he completed the 3-point play by draining the free throw with 3:10 left in the game, 60-60.
Shepard finished the game with 12 points.
New Boston opened the second half on a 14-5 run to open the second half, slicing the Leopards lead to two points with 5:45 left in the third quarter, 36-34.
Kyle Atkinson added 12 points for the Lions while teammate TreLewis Colbert added 15 points, all of which were in the second half.
The Lions took their first lead of the game on Colbert's steal and dunk with 4:34 left in the third quarter, 38-36.
Colbert added a putback on the following New Boston possession, giving the Lions a four point edge, 40-36.
Shawn White contributed six points for the Leopards.
Takylan Hampton ended his night with 17 points for Liberty-Eylau.
The Lions trailed the Leopards, 31-20, at the intermission.
New Boston was able to get Jamin Powell more involved in the second quarter, using his post presence to cut into the L-E deficit, 22-14, with 5:01 left in the first half.
Powell scored seven points in the first half and also collected four rebounds in the first two quarters. Powell ended the contest with 18 points.
The Leopards' ability to force Lion turnovers and convert them into transition baskets, gave L-E a 10-point advantage for much of the first two periods.
Malachi Dorsey opened the scoring in the contest for New Boston, after both squads went scoreless for much of the first period.
Dorsey finished the game with 13 points for the Lions.
Chris Lewis scored three consecutive buckets, to give the Leopards a 8-2 lead over the Lions.
Lewis ended the game with 19 points for L-E.