The Malakoff Lady Tigers lost their grip on first place in district with a 47-41 loss to Buffalo last Friday.

Courtney Dawson had 17 points and Taye Jackson finished with 10 for Malakoff, which is now in a tie for second place with Leon. Malakoff will host Leon at The Palace Tuesday.

“This game (Buffalo) will serve as a reminder of how we never want to feel again,” Malakoff head coach Emily Martinez said. “Hopefully it lights a fire under us and we take care of Leon to finish out the first round of district play.”

Trese Jackson added six for Malakoff. DyEsha Brookins and Molly LaRue had four each.

High school boys

Mabank 78, Ford 62

QUINLAN — The Mabank Panthers scored 27 second-quarter points to overcome an early deficit and beat the Quinlan Ford Panthers last Friday, 78-62.

Jordan Allen scored 24 points for the Panthers, who also got 17 points from David Marler and 12 from Garrett Graham. Allen hit three three-pointers.

Mabank trailed, 21-14, after the first quarter but rallied to take a 41-34 lead at the half.

Junior varsity boys

Athens 56, Mexia 25

The Athens Hornets jumped all over the Mexia Blackcats last Friday in a 56-25 victory at AHS Gym.

Keelan Lawyer led the way for the Hornets with 17 points. Josh Garrett had 10, Antoine Chilton added nine and Ryan Jefferson pitched in eight.

Private school (boys)

Athens Christian Acad. 34, Murchison 29

The Athens Christian Academy Warriors got 20 points from Jake Goforth in a 34-29 win over Murchison last Friday.

ACA led, 12-6, after the first quarter, then fell behind by the end of the second quarter, 20-16.

The Warrior grabbed the lead once again by the end of the third quarter, 24-23, and pulled away in the fourth quarter to get the victory.

On Thursday, ACA dropped a 24-23 decision to East Texas Christian Academy at home. Goforth had 12 points and 12 rebounds; Micah Santelli had nine points and two rebounds; and Dillon Santelli had two points and three rebounds.

Private school (girls)

Mabank 78, Ford 62

The Athens Christian Academy girls dropped a tough 13-8 decision to Murchison last Friday.

ACA led 2-0 after the first quarter but trailed at the half, 6-4. Murchison increased its lead in the second half to get the win.

Gracie Millar led all ACA scorers with six points.

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