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As heard on 101.9 KBUS, Paris took care of the No. 2 team in the state on Friday night with a 72-63 win over Dallas Carter. Jaelyn Lee led the team with 19 points. On Saturday, Paris season came to an end with a 56-45 loss to the defending state champion Faith Family Academy. Trevon Dennis has 14 to lead the team.
In baseball, this weekend North Lamar went 4-0 in the Bells Tournament. Prairiland finished 1-3 in that tournament while Paris also went 1-3. Chisum went 2-1 at the Grand Saline Tournament. Rivercrest went 2-1 on the weekend and, in doing so, Rick Connot picked up career win number 300.
In softball, the North Lamar Pantherettes remained red hot as they finished the McKinney tournament 5-0.
Chisum went 2-4 in the Bonham Tournament. Prairiland finished 4-1 in the tournament with a tie. Rivercrest finished 5-2 in Bonham. The Paris Lady Cats went 4-1 at the Wills Point Tournament.
Tonight’s North Lamar baseball game with Caddo Mills has been moved to Tuesday night.
Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun sustained a fractured jaw and was hospitalized after being hit in the face by a 95 mph fastball during Sunday’s spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Calhoun was facing Julio Urías in the first inning when he was hit by the pitch. A CT Scan and examination later Sunday revealed the fracture. Calhoun is expected to undergo further evaluation on Monday.
New Orleans Pelicans 120 – Minnesota Timberwolves 107
Oklahoma City Thunder 105 – Boston Celtics 104
Indiana Pacers 112 – Dallas Mavericks 109
Orlando Magic 126 – Houston Rockets 106
Cleveland Cavaliers 132 – San Antonio Spurs 129
No. 14 Commerce Lions softball team split its games against No. 18 Oklahoma Christian Sunday afternoon. The Lions defeated the Lady Eagles 3-1 in Game 1 before falling 4-3 in Game 2.
BASKETBALL – WOMEN
The University-Commerce Lion’s women qualified for the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament for a second consecutive year. A&M-Commerce is the region’s second seed and face seventh-seed Eastern New Mexico in the regional quarterfinal in Lubbock. The Lions come into the NCAA Tournament amidst one of their most successful seasons in history. The team has a record of 28-3, tied for the most wins in a single season in program history, and they finished the regular season with 26 wins and 20 conference wins, both program bests. They also set program records for most consecutive wins, most consecutive conference wins, highest national ranking, lowest-scoring defense, and highest scoring margin. The team had five players announced as All-Conference players, as well as head coach Jason Burton being named the LSC Coach of the Year.
BASKETBALL – MEN
The eighth seed Lions fell to top-seeded West Texas, 85-72, in the LSC quarterfinals.
The Northeast Eagles shuffled their schedule again because of a wet field. They played at Navarro Sunday. Northeast dropped their series opener to Navarro 11-1 Friday.
Northeast’s softball split a doubleheader with Eastern Oklahoma State Saturday 11-3 in six and lost 4-0 in Game 2.
The UIL released the boys’ basketball pairings for this coming weekend. It starts with LaRue LaPoynor and Nazareth in 1A Thursday morning at 8:30. Lancaster is representing Mt Pleasant’s region against Fort Bend Hightower. Martin’s Mill and Shelbyville made the state finals in 2A and 6A Wylie will represent the Region.