Highland girls are lone area team to win

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Highland girls were the lone area team Tuesday to win in district basketball action as four others lost.
Highland improved to 3-5 in 13-1A by defeating Trent 49-30 Tuesday. Zoe Cornett led the win over Trent with 20 points and Kenady Hall had 10. Justynne Petty (6), Colby Robinson (6), Lon-don Garrett (5) and Heather Monroe (2) also scored for Highland, which led Trent 30-11 at halftime and kept its slim playoff hopes alive. The Lady Hornets trail Ira, which is 5-3, by two games for the No. 3 spot in 13-1A.
Blackwell’s girls fell into a first-place tie in 11-1A Tuesday, dropping to 8-2 after losing to Robert Lee 43-40, and the boys are 4-5 after a 65-44 defeat. The girls are now tied with Veribest for first place with Robert Lee (7-3) and Water Valley (7-4) both in hot pursuit.
Kiley Cummings (15) and Madison Solis (11) were the Lady Hornets’ top scorers on Tuesday while Emilee Sanderson had eight.
Blackwell hosts Bronte on Friday in 11-1A action. The Lady Hornets then end the regular season at Veribest on Feb. 5 in an 11-1A shootout that could decide the championship.
Blackwell’s boys got 18 points from Michael Lowry against Robert Lee, which is 8-1 and trails Irion County, the leader at 9-0, by just one game.
Roscoe’s boys, after their first 8-2A win four days earlier, and girls lost to Albany on Tuesday.
The Plowgirls (3-5) lost a heartbreaker to Albany by a score of 33-31 in a contest they led 29-18 after three periods. Roscoe was led by Veronica Cuellar, who had 10 points. Also scoring for Roscoe in the loss were Bonnie Wilkinson with six, Shauna McCambridge and Jaci Alexander with four, Jovana Pena with three and Sadie McCambridge and Victoria Martinez with two.
The boys (1-5), meanwhile, lost 61-36 in their game to 8-2A leader Albany on Tuesday. Roscoe got a team-high 13 points from Ryan Highsmith. Albany is 6-0, while Stamford 5-1.