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Jan. 1, 2018 at 6:04 a.m.


GILMER 48, CANTON 42: TYLER — Kyla Grant scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks as the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes captured the championship of the Macy Chenevert Patriot Classic with a 48-42 win over Canton.

Sharday Haley chipped in with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals for Gilmer, which built a 27-14 halftime lead and held on for the win to improve to 19-4 on the year.

Deyton Edwards scored eight points, Gussie Hampton five, Haley Jordan four, LeLe Morton two and Meshia Shead one. Shead added two steals and two assists, Edwards five rebounds and Hampton four assists.

Grant was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and Haley was an all-tournament selection.

ALL SAINTS 50, UNION GROVE 37: TYLER — All Saints outscored the Lady Lions 25-13 after the break to earn a 50-37 win on Saturday.

For Union Grove in the loss, Summer Grubbs scored 14 points, Carleigh Judd 10, Savanna Chambliss and Haley Breazeale four apiece, Shayla Gallagher three and Madelynn Lacaze two. Grubbs added 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block, Judd nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks, Chambliss eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block, Breazeale three steals, Gallagher five rebounds, two steals and two assists and Lacaze four rebounds and two steals.



LETOURNEAU 70, SCHREINER 67, OT: KERRVILLE — Fighting back from a 10-point halftime deficit, the LeTourneau University women's basketball team saw senior Ashley Reed send the game to overtime with a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation before hanging on for a 70-67 overtime win at Schreiner University on Saturday.

LETU's victory gives the YellowJackets a 3-8 overall record heading into the 2018 side of the 2017-18 campaign, while the Mountaineers are now 2-9.

Jordyn Villa gave Schreiner a three-point lead with 14 seconds left when LETU decided not to use a timeout but rather push the ball up the court to a wide-open Reed, who knocked down the game-tying triple. Schreiner got an opportunity at a game-winning 3 that FELL short, sending the game into overtime.

The extra session proved to be troublesome for both squads as the first 3:07 of overtime elapsed before LETU's Savannah Cummings finally opened the scoring in the with a jumper in the paint and foul shot to give LETU its first lead of the game at 67-64. Schreiner then hit one free throw and held the YellowJackets scoreless on their next trip down the floor before getting a pair of free throws from Danielle Cain to once again tie the game. Following a timeout by LETU, Reed found an open opportunity and drove to the hole while putting up a 12-foot runner that fell with 34 seconds left to allow LeTourneau to reclaim a 69-67 lead. The Mountaineers looked to take the lead with a 3 but came up empty as Sha'Donnaver Young collected the rebound and hit one of two free throws to make the score 70-67. Villa put up a last-ditch, game-tying 3-point attempt that came up short as the YellowJackets managed to escape with their third road victory of the year.

"Tonight was a great win against a very scrappy, hardworking Schreiner squad," LeTourneau head coach Cassi Rozanski said. "I'm proud of how we fought back and didn't lose our focus. Taylor Abbe stepped up big for us tonight by finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Ashley Reed was face-guarded all night but stepped up like a senior should with a huge 3 and drive in the lane to put us ahead at the end of the game. It was a true team effort, and I could not be more proud of them."

Three LeTourneau players recorded double-doubles on the night, with Keauna Whitfield (16 points, 12 rebounds), Cummings (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Abbe (14 points, 16 rebounds) all getting into double figures in the points and rebounds column.

After rounding out 2017 with a victory, LETU will next be in action Thursday when the YellowJackets take on McMurry University at 5:30 p.m. in Abilene.


LETOURNEAU 90, SCHREINER 82: KERRVILLE — A season-high 25 points for junior Caleb Loggins paced the LeTourneau University men's basketball team to a 90-82 road win at Schreiner University on Saturday.

With the victory, LETU has now won three straight games to improve to 9-2 overall with a 6-1 nonconference mark, while the host Mountaineers slipped to 3-8 overall.

A transition layup by Christian Seidl at the 4:51 mark gave the YellowJackets their largest lead of the game at 80-63 as LETU looked to run away with an easy victory until Schreiner went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:26 to cut the lead to 10. Three-point shooting for the Mountaineers cut the LeTourneau lead to single digits with 1:44 left in the game followed by a pair of Keenan Gumbs free throws, which put the score at 86-80 in favor of LETU. Three consecutive free throws by Nate West along with a Justin Moore free throw gave the YellowJackets enough breathing room in the final seconds, as Schreiner could only muster a tip-in with 13 seconds left.

"Today was a great team win at Schreiner as any time you get a true road win in college basketball you feel pleased," said LETU head coach Dan Miller. "The final score may not have reflected it, but we did some good things defensively throughout. We still have a lot to improve on both offensively and defensively, but this team knows how to win and believes in each other."

Seidl's seven points were the only bench points of the day for the YellowJackets as all five starters carried the load once again for LETU. Caleb Loggins had 12 rebounds to go with his season-high point output while West added 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Alec Colhoff hit three 3-pointers to score 16 points, with Moore (11 points) and Caylab Herrera (10 points) also scoring for LETU.

Conference action resumes Thursday in Abilene with LETU taking on McMurry University at 7:30 p.m.



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