LADY BULLDOGS CLAIM NEW DIANA HOOPS TITLE Jefferson Lady Bulldogs off to 5-0 start

By Charlie Chitwood

nashYou’ll forgive the Daingerfield High Lady Tigers if they don’t send a Christmas card to Mark Allen’s Lady Bulldogs.

Jefferson’s girls followed up their season-opening home victory against Daingerfield by beating the Lady Tigers 47-33 at New Diana’s tournament, then whipped the Lady Tigers again Tuesday on their own court, 52-31, to improve their record to 5-0 on the young season. In between the second and third defeat of Daingerfield, the Lady Bulldogs posted a thrilling 54-52 victory over Hawkins and then held on against Paul Pewitt, 46-40, to win the New Diana Tourney.

DIANA, Texas – Jamya Smith and Jayda McCoy did the heavy lifting in Saturday’s 46-40 victory over Paul Pewitt’s Lady Brahmas in the New Diana Tourney championship game. Smith buried eight field goals – one a three-pointer – and scored twice more at the free throw line to pace Jefferson’s effort with a gamehigh 19 points. McCoy nailed five baskets – including a three-pointer – and hit five more free throws to score 16, coming up huge in the fourth quarter with nine of her points.

elaina-langbartelsJefferson led 8-3 at the end of the first quarter and was up 26-16 at the half before Pewitt rallied. The Lady Brahmas pulled to within 34-28 by the end of the third before Jefferson fought to a 12-all draw in the fourth quarter and created the final margin.

Ja’Kayla Jones contributed four points and N’Linda Johnson chipped in three more during the Lady Bulldog victory. Elaina Langbartels and Ja’Lisa Mitchell each chipped in two points to the effort.

DIANA, Texas – Jefferson had to claw back from a big hole early but did just that against Hawkins’ Lady Hawks in Friday’s game at the New Diana Tourney.

The Lady Bulldogs were down 18-6 at the end of the first quarter but then chipped away at the Hawkins lead in the second, out-scoring the Lady Hawks 15-11. Another six-point advantage in the third quarter allowed Jefferson to close within 39-37 before putting the game away late with a 19-15 fourth quarter surge.

McCoy led all scorers with 14 points, nailing five baskets and four free throws. Smith and Langbartels each added 11 for Jefferson, both players having big efforts in the decisive fourth quarter. Smith scored seven and Langbartels went a perfect five-for-five at the foul line to contribute 12 of Jefferson’s 19 fourth-quarter points.

Jones wasn’t far behind the double-digit scorers, nailing a three pointer and hitting six fould shots for a nine-point game.

Mitchell hit a couple of baskets for four points while Johnson (three) and HannahWelch (two) hit the scoring column as well.

DIANA, Texas – For the second time in the same week, Jefferson rolled…


Jefferson Lady Dawgs take Top Honors at New Diana Tourney
Front row: Peyton Johnson, Ja’Kayla Jones, Jamya SmithBack row (L to R): Tierra Hines, Ja’Lisa Mitchell, Elaina Langbartels, Hannah Welch, Celeberity Jeter
2nd row: Summer Love, Deivya Hodge, Jayda McCoy, Ni’Linda Johnson

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