Highland girls, Blackwell boys win 1A contests

Two Class 1A, Division II Nolan County basketball teams, the Highland girls and Blackwell boys, both won their district games on Tuesday.Highland’s girls (12-9) are 3-1 in District 11 after winning at Loraine 59-48. The Lady Hornets over-came a 28-26 halftime deficit as Callie Sandusky scored 18 points and Shy-an Womack 15 for the winners. Sierra Allen had eight points, Kara Hughey and Beth Richburg seven and Lora Stewart and Jes-sica McCain two apiece.Blackwell’s boys are 1-1 in District 12 after beat-ing Paint Rock 46-30.Caleb Magness (20 points) and Jayden Jones (10) led Blackwell, which improved to 8-9 overall with the victory.Caleb Jeter scored six points, Mason Magness five, Brandon Elliott three and Mark Monroe two for the Hornets, who held leads of 12-3, 27-13 and 38-20 at the breaks.However, the Highland boys and Blackwell girls came up a bit short in their contests.Highland is still winless (0-2) in District 11 after falling to Loraine 40-39. Highland also trailed by one, 24-23, at halftime of the closely fought game. Josh Andrews had 18 and Landon Rowlett 13 for the Hornets, while Ron Cov-ington had four points and Sheldon Hall and Daniel Nelson two for Highland (2-16 overall). Meanwhile, the Blackwell girls (1-3) lost their District 12 game to Paint Rock 55-43 de-spite Jessica Morrow’s 21 points. Reccie Roland had eight, Jennifer Allen six and Amanda Bullard and Kaitlyn Gaston four each.Blackwell played Paint Rock on more-or-less even terms over the last three quarters but trailed 15-8 after the first period.