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December 5, 2013

AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Malakoff Lady Tigers defeat Cross Roads, 40-31

CROSS ROADS — The Malakoff Lady Tigers defeated the Cross Roads Lady Cats 40-31 Tuesday night at Cross Roads.

Leading scorers for Malakoff were Hazel Puemple with 10 points, Kiana Reed with eight points, Hayley Thomas and Plandreika Jackson with six points, Georgina Salazar and Christina Ryherd with three points each and Sierra Perez and Jaynie Valero with two points each.

Leading scorers for Cross Roads were Paulette Burgess with 16 points, Rebecca Kramer with seven points, Pepper Norwood with five points, Kelsi Lookabaugh with two points and Sara Spivey with one points.

Malakoff will return to the court today in the Grand Saline tournament, while Cross Roads will play in the Frankston tournament starting today.

Brownsboro 49, Palestine 23

Brownsboro was led in scoring by Shelbie Bagby with 13 points as the Bearettes improved to 7-3 with a 49-23 win over Palestine Tuesday night.

The Brownsboro defense held Palestine under 10 points in every quarter.

Teammates Sidney Hightower had nine points and Tamaria Manning pitched in eight points

In junior varsity action, Brownsboro won 29-7.

Brownsboro     8  10  17  14 — 49

Palestine          7   2    6    8 — 23

BROWNSBORO — Devin Carver, 2; Reagan Allen, 2; Shelbie Bagby, 13; Sidney Hightower, 9; Victoria Walker, 2; Ashlee Williams, 2; M.J. Alexander, 2; Madison Montgomery, 4; Lexie Houston, 2; Tamaria Manning, 8; Bri Warren, 3.

PALESTINE — Handsborough, 3; Warren, 2; Wilson, 7; Tillas, 6; Sandifer, 4.

THREE POINT GOALS — B: Bagby (4), Montgomery. P: None.

JV SCORE — Brownsboro 29, Palestine 7.

NEXT UP — Westwood vs. Brownsboro, 9:15 a.m. today, Canton Tournament.

Brownsboro 49, Bishop Gorman 48

The Brownsboro Bears picked up its first win of the season Tuesday night over Bishop T.K. Gorman.

Quentin McKenzie led the way for Brownsboro with 11 points, while Will Bailey and Jared Bragdon added nine points each.

Brownsboro 49, Bishop Gorman 48

Brownsboro        10  15  12  12 — 49

Gorman        12    8  10  18 — 48

BROWNSBORO — Bailey, 9; Pace, 3; McCoy, 4; Compton, 3; Bragdon, 9; Richardson, 7; McKenzie, 11; Seale, 3.

GORMAN — Bell, 8; Watkins, 7; Goforth, 9; Danry, 2; Olson, 5; Thibodeaux, 15; Bate, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — B: Compton, Bragdon, Richardson. BG: Bell (2), Watkins, Goforth, Olson, Thibodeaux (2).

RECORDS — Brownsboro 1-3; Gorman 3-2.

NEXT UP — Brownsboro vs. North Lamar, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Van DQ Invitational.

Henderson receives postseason award

COMMERCE — The accolades continue to roll in for the A&M-Commerce soccer team as a pair of Lions were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Central Region teams. Freshman Savannah Henderson picked up first team honors while senior Brionna Minde was a second team selection.

The honor is the latest in a long list for Henderson who was named the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year, a first team All-LSC selection and a second team Daktronics All-South Central Region honoree. The Mabank native led the Lions in every statistical category, ranking first in the LSC in shots (74), shots per game (3.89), assists (7) and assists per game (.368) while sitting fourth in goals (7), goals per game (.368) and game-winning goals (3). She was the LSC's Offensive Player of the Week on October 1st and helped pace the Lions to an NCAA appearance for the first time since 2008.

Minde capped her stellar A&M-Commerce career with her second NSCAA All-South Central Region honor after being named a third team selection in 2012. The Richardson native ranked second on the team in both assists (six) and points (12) while notching three goals, scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime against Ouachita Baptist (Oct. 23) while ranking second in the LSC in assists per game (0.353). A two-time All-LSC selection, including a second team honoree in 2013, Minde is also a two-time LSC Academic Player of the Year.

A&M-Commerce saw a dramatic turnaround in 2013 as the Lions posted an overall record of 11-6-2, finishing third in the Lone Star Conference standings and advancing to the LSC semifinals where they tied Midwestern State 0-0 but failed to advance on penalty kicks. It led to A&M-Commerce receiving a bid to the 2013 NCAA Division II tournament, its first postseason appearance since the 2008 season.

Henderson and Minde were two of eight Lone Star Conference players named to the All-Region team as Henderson was one of just a pair of LSC players to earn first team honors. Voted on by the head coaches of the regional institutions, Henderson is now eligible for consideration of becoming an NSCAA All-American which will be named later this month.

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