Higlanders defeat Weatherford, Highlassies fall

(MCC Athletics courtesy photo.)
(MCC Athletics courtesy photo.)

WACO – The McLennan Highlanders moved to 4-1 in conference play with a 64-58 win over the Weatherford Coyotes Wednesday night at The Highlands.

Both teams started sluggish. Weatherford led 12-11 with 10:49 remaining in the first half. McLennan took the lead on an Alex Mills 3-pointer less than 30 second later and used an 18-2 run to pull away. The Highlanders led 36-17 at halftime.

McLennan led 41-32 with 18:28 remaining in the game. The Coyotes used a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to trim the lead to nine, 41-32. Weatherford pulled within four with just over two minutes to play but was unable to get any closer.

Jalen Jones led the Highlanders with 16 points and Alex Mills added 10.

(Photo: McLennan Athletics)
(Photo: McLennan Athletics)

In women’s action, the McLennan Highlassies fell to the Weatherford Lady Coyotes 92-88.

McLennan opened the game on a hot streak, building a nine-point lead at 16-7 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Weatherford found their rhythm, fighting back to tie the game at 32 with 6:50 to go. The Lady Coyotes led 49-42 with just over a minute left. The Highlassies ended the half on a 7-0 run, capped by a Kaylin Roher 3-pointer, to tie the game at 49 at the break.

McLennan led 55-51 with 17:34 to play in the game. Weatherford used an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to take the 62-55 lead. The Highlassies tied the game at 73 with 7:23 to and led 81-80 with just over three minutes to play. The Coyotes pulled away, extending the lead to five with one minute on the clock and putting the game out of reach for the Highlassies.

Roher led McLennan with 29 points, including six 3-pointers, and Adrienne Drake added 18. Demi Cumby and Amani Davis scored 11 each and Kendra Wynn added 19.

McLennan returns to action on Saturday, hosting Collin. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

Weatherford: Quentin Henderson 1 1-2 3; Kendale Truitt 6 9-14 21; Juozas Balciunas 1 0-0 2; Tonko Vuko 8 1-2 19; Deris Duncan 2 0-0 3; Anthony Roverson 2 1-3 5; Viatko Granic 2 0-05; Totals: 21 12-21 58.

McLennan: Jalen Jones 6 2-2 16; Elijah Mayes 2 2-4 7; James Harrison 2 3-3 8; Alex Mills 4 0-0 10; Ricardo Artis 3 0-0 6; Jeff Beverly 2 4-5 8; Ben Brown-White 0 1-2 1; Aundre Jackson 1 1-2 3; Devon Washington 2 1-1 5; Totals: 22 14-19 64.

3-pointers: Weatherford 4 (Vuko 2, Duncan 1, Granic 1), McLennan 6 (Jones 2, Mill 2, Mayes 1, Harrison 1); Total fouls: Weatherford 19, McLennan 19; Halftime score: McLennan 36, Weatherford 17; Record: McLennan 19-4 (4-1)

Weatherford: Amber Keith 1 6-10 8; Severija Narkute 6 2-2 18; Allea Harris 6 9-10 24; C.J. Johnson 3 1-6 7; Lou Hawkins 2 3-4 7; Rayvon Christian 5 7-9 17; Zippy Khasoa 4 3-6 11;
Totals: 27 31-47 92.

McLennan: Kaylin Roher 9 5-7 29; Kyera Coleman 1 0-0 3; Kendra Wynn 4 2-2 10; Demi Cumby 3 3-4 11; Re’Elle Miller 1 1-5 3; Amani Davis 26-6 11; Adrienne Drake 5 8-8 18; Caylinne Martin 1 1-2 3; Totals: 26 26-34 88.

3-pointers: Weatherford 7 (Narkute 4, Harris 3), McLennan 10 (Roher 6, Cumby 2, Coleman 1, Davis 1); Total fouls: Weatherford 26, McLennan 31; Fouled out: McLennan (Miller, Davis, Cumby), Weatherford (Khasoa, Harris, Johnson); Halftime score: McLennan 49, Weatherford 49; Record: McLennan 7-12 (2-4).

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