Basketball teams hit championship tournament games


The Lady Bison show off their silly side after winning their tournament earlier this month.

The boys and girls basketball teams both spent their weekends earlier this month competing in tournaments. Both varsity teams went all the way to the championships, with the girls coming out with first place and the boys losing a hard-fought game for second.

“I was bursting inside at their successes,” girls basketball coach Jozette Jenkins said. “Especially in the Tatum game. I’m excited to see what this season will bring; we are going to try to keep this season rolling.”

This game was the Lady Bison’s first tournament of the season and they came out on top with a win against Palestine in the final game.

“I was ready and excited,” sophomore Madison Rowan said. “I was still pumped from the Tatum game. It was the first time I got to play in a championship game at a tournament, so I was super excited and happy even though I did get hit in the eye during the game.”

This was the boys’ first tournament as well and they took the opportunity to show off their improvements from last season. They made their way to the championship and went toe-to-toe with Crossroads, losing a close game for second place.

“I felt terrible,” senior Clay Magill said. “We lost the game, but at least we got to the championships and won second place.

Both teams are aiming for playoff spots this year, with second-year coach Neal Welch excited about the improvement he is seeing on the court.

“Our team played extremely hard,” Neal Welch said. “When adversity hit, we battled through it. Our goal is to play our best basketball in district play, and we are heading the right direction. Our team is much improved from last session.”