In a battle for second place in District 14-5A, The Woodlands outlasted Huntsville 56-48 in The Woodlands on Tuesday night. The Hornet boys led 41-40 midway through the fourth period, but the Highlanders got hot and pulled away.

“We played great defense,” Hornets coach Doug Anderson said. “It was a back-and-forth game between two really good teams. ... We had some opportunities in the second half, but we missed some easy shots underneath the basket, and they hit a couple of big shots at the end.”

After Michael Williams scored 16 points in the first half, the Highlanders clamped down on the Hornets’ best shooter and held him to five points in the second half. At the same time, Ashton Ceasar found his range for The Woodlands, scoring 16 points in the second half after playing the first half without a point.

“They got in a box and one on us, and Michael only scored five points in the second half,” Anderson explained. “Their guy Ceaser got hot and hit a couple of 3s. We couldn’t stop him.”

Huntsville, which dropped to 8-4 in district play and 19-8 on the season, led 11-10 after one period. The Woodlands took a 24-21 lead into intermission, and the Highlanders held onto their three-point lead through the third period, taking a 38-35 advantage into the final quarter.

In addition to Williams’ 21 points for HHS, Drae Murray scored nine, Rayshadrick Johnson added eight, Broderick Purvis hit four, Kyedrick Fuller threw in two and Brice Williams scored one.

The Hornets host Lufkin on Friday in another big district game, Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.



The Woodlands 42, Lady Hornets 37

Jaleesa Thomas scored 14 points and the Lady Hornets nearly pulled off a major upset Tuesday. But the Lady Highlanders from The Woodlands High School held on for a tight 42-37 win over Huntsville at Hornet Gym.

“They played really hard together as a team tonight,” Lady Hornets coach Mia Cook said. “Offensively and defensively, they did everything we asked. We only lost by five to the No. 1 team in the district. That’s a huge accomplishment.”

Huntsville trailed 10-7 after one period, 17-12 at halftime and 30-23 at the end of three quarters. The Lady Hornets made a run and outscored The Woodlands 14-12 over the final period.

In addition to Thomas’ 14 points, Nichole White scored seven, while Scottie Ward and Ashley Smith had four each. Kelsey Crawford and Chantal Betts threw in three apiece.

HHS plays at Lufkin on Friday night at 7.

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