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December 28, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Sluggish start hands Athens opening day split

Hornets beat Kaufman, 64-51, loss to Forney 82-77

KAUFMAN — The Athens Hornets opened the 22nd annual Kaufman Holiday Tournament with mixed emotions as they split their first two games Thursday afternoon.

In their opening game of the tournament, the Hornets pulled out a, 64-51, win over the host team Kaufman Lions. In the nightcap, they suffered an 82-77 loss to the Forney Jackrabbits.

First-year head coach Gerald Anthony said after a strong start in their opening game, the team quit executing late in the game.

“When you score 70 points in high school ball you are supposed to win. The biggest thing that we are dealing with right now is consistency,” Anthony said. “We stopped executing. They would put a little sideline break that nobody would stop,and we had to switch defenses.”

Forney jumped out to an early 11-3 lead, with 4:52 in the opening quarter, as the Forney defense found was to aggravate the Hornets backcourt.

Athens then put together a run, and took a 15-14 lead on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Anthony Taylor with 1:22 remaining in the opening quarter. Taylor scored 10 of his 18 points in the opening half.

In the second half, Jefferson exploded, scoring a game-high 24 points in the final 16 minutes of the game.

The Hornets were able to tie the game at, 77-77, with 1:15 remaining, but Forney held them scoreless the remainder of the game.

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