Basketball, College

Highlassies, Highlanders sweep at Southwest Christian

(Photo: McLennan Athletics)

Kaylin Roher led the Highlassies with 20 points in McLennan’s 68-61 win over Southwest Christian in Terrell on Saturday. (Photo: McLennan Athletics)

TERRELL – The McLennan Highlassies picked up their second consecutive conference victory with a 68-61 win over the Southwestern Christian Lady Rams this afternoon in Terrell.

McLennan’s Kaylin Roher opened the game with a 3-pointer less than a minute into the contest. The Highlassies built a seven-point lead at 16-9 with 13:25 to play in the first half and led 27-22 with just over four minutes to go. The Highlassies ended the half on a 10-0 run to take the 37-22 advantage at the break.

McLennan held the double-digit lead until midway through the second half. The Highlassies led 55-38 with 9:14 to play. Southwestern Christian rallied, using a 19-0 run to take the 57-55 lead, their only lead of the game, with 4:34 to go. McLennan tied the game on a pair of Roher free throws and went 11-12 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win.

Roher led the Highlassies with 20 points. Amani Davis and Caylinne Martin added 11 and 10, respectively. Martin recorded the double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds

(Photo courtesy of McLennan Athletics)

James Harrison led the Highlanders with 18 points in McLennan’s 86-60 rout of Southwest Christian in Terrell on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of McLennan Athletics)

In men’s action, the McLennan Highlanders bounced back from Wednesday’s loss with an 86-60 victory over the Southwestern Christian Rams.

The first half was reminiscent of a 3-point contest as the two teams combined for 10 from behind the arc. McLennan led 14-11 with 12 minutes to play in the half and used an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to take the first double-digit lead of the game, 22-11. McLennan led by as many as 15 in the half and went into the locker room up 39-27.

The Highlanders continued to pull away in the second half, using a 12-2 run midway through to put the game out of reach.

James Harrison led the five Highlanders in double figures with 18 points. Ricardo Artis and Aundre Jackson scored 15 points. K.J. Boyd and Jalen Jones added 11 and 10, respectively.

McLennan returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Weatherford. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

Southwestern Christian: Faith Ochanta 2 1-4 6; Brittany Wilson 1 2-2 5; Paris Christie 0 0-1 0; Darrianne Williams 9 5-6 23; Shaniesha Blair 1 0-0 2;  J. Peltier 6 2-2 19; Tiya Richardson 1 0-0 2; Tomiesha Davis 1 0-0 2; A. Wilridge 1 0-0 2; Totals: 22 10-15 61.

McLennan: Kaylin Roher 5 7-11 20; Macy Lozen 3 2-2 8; Kendra Wynn 2 1-2 5; Demi Cumby 2 0-0-0 5; Amani Davis 2 6-8 11; Adrienne Drake 4 1-3 9; Caylinne Martin 3 4-4 10; Totals: 21 21-30 68.

3-pointers: McLennan 5 (Roher 3, Cumby 1, Davis 1), Southwestern Christian 7 (Peltier 5, Ochanta 1, Wilson 1); Total fouls: McLennan 14, Southwestern Christian 20; Fouled out: Southwestern Christian (Peltier); Halftime score: McLennan 37, Southwestern Christian 2; Record: McLennan 7-11 (2-3).

McLennan: Rashaan Surles 1 0-0 2; K.J. Boyd 4 0-0 11; Jalen Jones 3 4-4 10; Elijah Mayes 1 2-2 5; James Harrison 7 1-1 18; Ricardo Artis 5 4-4 15; Jeff Beverly 1 2-2 4; Ben Brown-White 2 1-1 5; Aundre Jackson 5 4-6 15; Zach Charles 0 1-2 1;  Totals: 29 19-22 86.

Southwestern Christian: Leroy Cox 1 0- 3; J.D. Wallace 3 2-4 8; David Blaylock 3 0-0 9; Nicholas Foster 2 0-0 5; Anthony Arceneaux 5 2-3 15; JaDonta Blakely 2 2-3 6; Iwin Ellis 2 0-0 4; Travaughn Barber 3 4-4 10; Totals: 21 10-14 60.

3-pointers: McLennan 9 (Boyd 3, Harrison 3, Mayes 1, Artis 1, Jackson 1), Southwestern Christian 8 (Blaylock 3, Arceneaux 3, Cox 1, Foster 1); Total fouls: McLennan 13, Southwestern Christian 17; Halftime score: McLennan 39, Southwestern Christian ; Record: McLennan 18-4 (3-1).

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