In the first meeting between Robert E. Lee and Mesquite Horn, a Lee win, Bre Brooks and Ciara Johnson torched the Lady Jaguars for 50 of the Lady Raiders’ 62 points.
The Lady Jaguars had no intentions of giving Lee’s top two scorers a chance to repeat. Using a defense that was focused mainly on Brooks and Johnson, the two scored a combined 30 points and it wasn’t enough in a 58-55 loss Tuesday at the REL Varsity Gymnasium.
Johnson had just four points until the fourth period when she keyed a 13-6 surge to rally REL from a 7-point deficit to tie the game at 48-48 with less than four minutes to play.
But REL wasn’t able to go in front with Mesquite Horn using big baskets down the stretch from Nelsha Peterson and Kristina Smith to hang on.
A put back from Peterson pushed Horn’s lead to 56-51 with under a minute to play. With Lee out of timeouts, Dajah Thompson was fouled on a put-back attempt and sank both free throws to make it 56-53. A miss by Horn then led to a fast break for Lee with Johnson scoring inside to cut the deficit to 56-55 with 15 seconds remaining.
Horn attempted a long pass to beat the press, but it overshot Smith forcing her to try and save it, which she did — right to Lee’s Dominique Thomas. Thomas took it the other way, but a pass inside was stolen by Horn’s Tyler Hamilton, who fired another deep pass to Smith, who this time made the shot for a 58-55 score.
With no timeouts, Brooks could only manage a half-court heave at the buzzer that hit the backboard to end the game.
“This was a tough loss for us,” said Lee coach Lloyd Mahaffey. “We just didn’t get it done. We panicked too much (down the stretch) with too many mental mistakes. I don’t know what to tell you, we just didn’t get it done tonight.”
The Lady Raiders were tied for second with Mesquite Horn coming into Tuesday, but now drop into third place at 5-3 while Horn raises its district mark to 6-2.
Peterson led all players with 26 points to go along with eight rebounds while Smith was a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range and scored the game-clinching basket to finish with 15 points.
Brooks led REL with 18 points, six rebounds and six steals while Johnson had a double-double, scoring 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Solid games for both, but a far cry from what the two did scoring wise for Lee in the first meeting and that is what Mesquite Horn coach LeeAnn Stephenson was concerned with.
“It just seemed from watching the film and remembering (the last time we played Lee) that (Johnson) killed us and (Brooks) had a major game,” Stephenson continued. “There just weren’t too many other players that were on the scoresheet, so we just kind of keyed on those two and forced everyone else to beat us.
“Tonight, they couldn’t do it.”
Mesquite Horn 58, Robert E. Lee 55
Mesquite Horn 9 14 19 16 — 58
Robert E. Lee 11 14 10 20 — 55
MESQUITE HORN — Ashton Conrad, 0; Katherine Hall, 2; Victoria Youman, 0; Tyler Hamilton, 4; Kristina Smith, 15; Lauren Bradshaw, 9; Nelsha Peterson, 26; Dawn Nwoko, 2. FG: 23-55. FT: 7-10.
ROBERT E. LEE — Berjae Lewis, 5; Ciara Johnson, 12; Bre Brooks, 18; Tree Brooks, 5; Dajah Thompson, 8; Dominique Thomas 2; Emem David, 5. FG: 21-58. FT: 11-20.
THREE-POINT GOALS — MH (3-7): Smith (3). REL (2-14): T. Brooks, Johnson.
RECORDS — Mesquite Horn 14-14 (6-2); Robert E. Lee 22-8 (5-3).
NEXT UP — Longview at Mesquite Horn, 7 p.m. Friday; DeSoto at Robert E. Lee, 7 p.m. Friday.
Red Raiders Fall To Mesquite Horn
MESQUITE — Robert E. Lee’s playoff hopes aspirations took a further hit Tuesday as the Red Raiders suffered an 85-50 loss at Mesquite Horn.
The 85 points were the most Lee has given up all season as the Red Raiders (16-11, 1-5 in 11-5A) trailed 44-22 at halftime.
Lee junior Taylor Tankersley scored 20 points with senior Jarrod Coleman addind 16 in the loss.
Mesquite Horn 85, Robert E. Lee 50
Robert E. Lee5171810 —50
Mesquite Horn18262219 —85
ROBERT E. LEE — Jarrod Coleman, 16; Taylor Tankersley, 20; Evan Tomlinson, 9; Brandon Tucker, 3; Tucker Boyd, 2.
MESQUITE HORN — Mike King, 27; Terrance Morgan, 13; Vincent Hobbs, 9; Bryon Miller, 9; Alex Johnson, 8; Anthony Sharp, 5; J.D. Miller, 4; Destri White, 4; James Curley, 3; Jordan Gaines, 3.
RECORDS — Robert E. Lee 16-11 (1-5); Mesquite Horn 16-9 (4-2).
NEXT UP — Lee at DeSoto, 7 p.m. Friday; Mesquite Horn at Longview, 7 p.m. Friday.