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The Blackwell girls bas-ketball team began its 2013-14 season Tuesday with a convincing 58-26 victory on the road at Loraine.
Stephanie Metcalf paced Blackwell with 13 points and Halee Sanderson had 12. Brooklyn Harris added nine, Hailey Bennett and Shianne Solis six, Crystal Chavez and Abby Gott five and Brena Robison two. Blackwell led 15-3, 30-9 and 46-18 at the end of the quarter breaks.
The Highland boys traveled to Panther Creek for their opener and also picked up a big win, 60-28. Ethan Wilson scored 20 points and Kevin Box 10 for Highland while Isaac Rios had seven, Seth Wood six, Michael Hyde five, and Kaden Nachlinger, Jacob Richburg and Brandon Stevens four.
Highland led just 8-6 af-ter one quarter, but was up 32-16 at halftime and 47-23 after three periods.
The Highland girls, who are No. 1 in Class 1A, Divi-sion II, improved to 5-0 on Tuesday with a 50-29 home victory over Clyde.
Sierra Allen led the Lady Hornets with 19 points and Beth Richburg contributed 10. Hannah Allen had nine and Sydny Helbert and Schyler Kimbrell six. Hel-bert had 11 rebounds, Sierra Allen 10, Richburg nine and Hannah Allen seven. Highland led 16-6, 34-10 and 42-23 at the breaks.
The Roscoe boys lost their opener at Colorado City on Tuesday, as the host Wolves won by a score of 51-29. Rafael Aguayo scored seven points, Kevin Lavalais and Jesus Leanos six, Skylar Richards four and Chase Cathey, Shelton Toliver and Luis Villa two. Colorado City led 10-4, 23-13 and 38-21 at the breaks.
Blackwell is the only Nolan County boys team that has yet to start its 2013-14 basketball season, since the Hornet football team is still in the playoffs.
Roscoeâ€™s girls (2-3) also lost on Tuesday, 41-22, at Colorado City.
Eva Aguayo led the Plow-girls with 10 points. Olivia Saddler had four, Mia Her-rera three, Shelby Brown and Ashton Payne two and Danielle Dean one. Colora-do City led 13-5, 27-6 and 33-12 at the breaks.
Tournament play begins today for several teams. The Sweetwater freshman and JV girls go to Jim Nedâ€™s three-day event and Roscoe sends its JV and varsity girls to Irion County, while the Highland varsity girls will play at the Key City tourn-ament in Abilene.
Three other teams â€” the Sweetwater boys and girls and Highland boys â€” return to action with single games on Friday. Sweetwaterâ€™s JV and varsity teams will be playing at Stanton, while the Highland varsity boys go to Rotan.
Highlandâ€™s girls will play El Paso Irvin at 1 p.m. today at Cooper High School, and Roscoeâ€™s girls will be taking on Rankin, also at 1 p.m., in their tournament.