Sports Report for Thursday, December 31
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In Pattonville, the Prairiland Lady Patriots fell to Emory Rains 45-40, and Prairiland led 33-28 after three quarters. On the boy’s side, it was Prairiland falling to DeKalb 54-45.
The North Lamar Pantherettes defeated Canton 38-28. Maddie Walters finished with 9 points to lead North Lamar, while Lauren Dority added 8.
The No. 6 ranked Oklahoma Sooners blew out the No. 7 ranked Florida Gators 55-20 in the Cotton Bowl last night. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask threw three first-quarter interceptions en route to 17 points for the Sooners. After Florida cut the lead down to 4 at 17-13, Oklahoma scored 38 unanswered points. The Sooners racked up 684 total yards, including 435 on the ground.
LaMelo Ball scored 22 points, Miles Bridges had 20 points, 16 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets blew out Dallas 118-99 in the Mavericks’ home opener Wednesday night. Terry Rozier, who scored 18 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers early in a 14-0 run to start the second half, giving the Hornets a 25-point lead. Kristaps Porzingis went through his first full workout Tuesday after Dallas returned from its season-opening three-game trip. Coach Rick Carlisle says Porzingis is still on track for a January debut.
Becky Hammon became the first woman to direct an NBA team, taking over the San Antonio Spurs after they ejected coach Gregg Popovich in a 121-107 loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Official Tony Brown tossed Popovich with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter.
Hammon took over the team’s huddles during timeouts and walked the sideline following Popovich’s ejection. Hammon was the first full-time female assistant coach in league history.