Both the Grace Community girls and boys were slow out of the gate in their return to TAPPS 2-4A play after the Christmas break.

Behind dominant second quarters and a pair of standout performances, Grace scored two big wins in a doubleheader sweep of Waco Reicher on Tuesday.

Megan Strnadel had 27 points and 10 steals to lead the Grace girls to a 52-30 win; Jimmy Negem poured in 28 to spark the boys to a 77-47 victory.

 

Boys

The Cougars from Tyler missed their first seven shots and trailed 6-0 after three minutes. Grace (12-7, 1-2 TAPPS 2-4A) was behind 14-13 after one quarter, but used a 17-2 run to go into the break up 30-18.

“We changed defenses from a zone to a man to a different kind of zone and finally got that going and that’s what finally got us out of that little funk we were in,” Grace coach Joe Crawford said. 

Negem missed his first five shots before he found his range. The senior guard hit 13 of 17 the rest of the way, including 13 points in the second quarter. Negem did all his scoring before the fourth quarter.

“He didn’t play a lot —Jimmy’s just that kind of kid that he’s going to get his,” Crawford said. “The kid can score.”

Keaton Yeatts and Verlo Levels combined for 15 rebounds and each chipped in 10 points for Grace, which received points from 11 different players.

The Cougars of Waco were paced by post Lincoln Plsek’s 14 points and seven boards. Reicher (5-11, 0-3) had seven players on the bench compared to 13 for Grace.

Grace shot 52 percent from the field compared to 36 percent for Reicher, which finished with 10 more turnovers.

 

Girls

Much like the boys, the Grace girls found themselves trailing by six early on and missed their first six shots. Starting with a jumper from Catherine Rook with 3:30 to play in the first, Grace went on a 15-0 run for a 16-7 lead and never looked back.

Grace (9-9, 2-1) turned Reicher (11-10, 1-2) over 33 times to spark the home team’s offense with 19 steals.

“I’m really proud of the defensive pressure; we got our hands in the passing lane, we blocked out well,” Lady Cougars coach Jeff Smith said. “We really stepped up the intensity defensively, which in turn helped us get a 50-point game too.

“If we get to 50 we generally don’t lose, so that’s our goal: to get to 50.”

Though Grace struggled from the field (31 percent shooting), the Lady Cougars’ defense held Reicher to worse shooting (20 percent).

“We hadn’t had a good offensive night in a while and although we didn’t shoot real well our defense led to some points,” Smith said.

Strnadel was the only player to reach double figures for either team, hitting 10 of 20 shots.

“She just came to play and stepped it up at a time we really needed it,” Smith said.

Sarah Beth Toben and Klemson Lancaster paced Reicher with seven points apiece. Toben had a game-best 13 rebounds.

Ashley Sisemore grabbed 10 boards for Grace. Rebekah Provines added eight points.

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TAPPS 2-4A Girls

Grace Community 52, Waco Reicher 30

Reicher74109 —30

Grace9111616 —52

REICHER — Shyan Schulte, 5; Alyssa Garcia, 4; Katie Marroquin, 2; Sara Marshall, 2; Sarah Beth Toben, 7; Jessica Trippe, 2; Megan Mendiola, 0; Casey Skyora, 0; Kaila Lancaster, 1; Klemson Lancaster, 7. FG: 11-55. FT: 7-11. 

GRACE — Rebekah Provines, 8; Megan Strnadel, 27; Megan Raborar, 7; Catherine Rook, 4; Abby Crawford, 0; Ashley Sisemore, 0; Olivia Moharer, 6; Chelsey Poston, 0; Mattie McKellar, 0; Taylor Kingsley, 0. FG: 21-68. FT: 7-14.

THREE POINT GOALS — WR (1-2): Toben. GC (3-13): Strnadel (2), Raborar.

RECORDS — Reicher 11-10 (1-2); Grace 9-9 (2-1).

NEXT UP — Dallas Christian at Reicher, 6 p.m. Friday; Grace at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, 6 p.m. Friday.

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TAPPS 2-4A Boys

Grace Community 77, Waco Reicher 47

Reicher144209 —47

Grace13172621 —77

REICHER — Jon Orta, 11; Andrew Kaluza, 6; Sam Deaver, 9; Blake Waggoner, 0; Stewart McSwain, 5; Lincoln Plsek, 14; Wyatt Darden, 2. FG: 20-56. FT: 4-7. 

GRACE — Keaton Yeatts, 10; Verlo Levels, 10; Ian Hyde, 5; Jimmy Negem, 28; Grant Childress, 7; Josh Boylan, 0; Blake Johnson, 3; Phillip McKinney, 2; Brennon Taylor, 6; Bradley Costiloe, 2; Drew Evans, 2; Dakota Starr, 2; Bryan Kirby, 0. FG: 35-67. FT: 3-5.

THREE POINT GOALS — WR (3-9): Orta, Deaver, McSwain. GC (4-17): Yeatts (2), Negem, Johnson.

RECORDS — Reicher 5-11 (0-3); Grace 12-7 (1-2).

JV SCORE — Grace 64, Reicher 27.

NEXT UP — Dallas Christian at Reicher, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Grace at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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Girls Junior Varsity

Grace Community 50, Waco Reicher 22

Reicher2668 —22

Grace1216814 —50

REICHER — Nors, 3; Childs, 4; Klaskin, 2; Fallas, 4; Lanales, 2; Bonling, 7. 

GRACE — Kimmey, 5; Kingsley 22; Crawford, 4; Evans, 13; Russell, 6. 

THREE POINT GOALS — WR: None. GC: Kingsley (4), Evans.

 

TAPPS 2-4A Girls

T.K. Gorman 68, Dallas Christian 42

Michelle Obach had 16 of her team’s 25 first-quarter points to spark the T.K. Gorman Lady Crusaders to a 68-42 win over Dallas Christian on Tuesday night at Haddad Gym.

Obach, who made all three of her 3-pointers in the opening quarter, finished the TAPPS 2-4A game with 28 points.

 

Dallas Christian101868 —42

T.K. Gorman25101914 —68

DALLAS CHRISTIAN — Cauley, 10; Johnson, 3; Poynor, 2; Stevens, 6; Pangle, 10; Witherspoon, 11.

T.K. GORMAN — Allie Buzbee, 16; Michelle Obach, 28; Cori Jo Navarro, 11; Liz Fikes, 2; Susannah Williams, 6; Danielle Smith, 2; Courtney Fergerson, 3.

THREE POINT GOALS — DC: Johnson; TKG: Buzbee (2), Obach (3), Navarro.

RECORDS — Dallas Christian 9-9 (1-2); T.K. Gorman 18-5 (3-0).

JV SCORE — Gorman 37-15.

NEXT UP — at Dallas First Baptist, 6 p.m. Friday.

 

TAPPS 2-4A Boys

All Saints 70, First Baptist 20

DALLAS — The All Saints Trojans dominated every quarter in a 70-20 win over Dallas First Baptist on Tuesday night in TAPPS 2-4A action.

 

All Saints17211715 —70

First Baptist2576 —20

ALL SAINTS — Trevor Long, 2; Collin Walker, 2; Ruben DeLong, 2; Brad Robertson, 21; Jonathan Lewis, 8; Luke Edgemon, 6; Aston Francis, 11; Benjamin Taylor, 16; Brice Borgeson, 2.

FIRST BAPTIST — Johnson, 2; Cooper, 9; Hoover, 3; Hays, 4; Portlo, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — AS: Robertson (2), Francis (2), Taylor; FB: none.

RECORDS — All Saints 13-8 (2-1); First Baptist (1-2).

NEXT UP — Parish Episcopal at All Saints, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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TAPPS?2-4A?Girls

All Saints 53, Dallas First Baptist 34

All Saints2161412 —53

First Baptist106117 —34

ALL SAINTS — Jasmine Owens, 7; Kelcee Harwood, 24; Sarah Smith, 2; Gabby Bosworth, 3; Rachel Yates, 14; Lanna Johnson, 3.

FIRST BAPTIST — A. Woods, 4; B. Guiterrez, 4; K. Verheyden, 10; W. Taylor, 1; D. Hodges, 8; K. Anderson, 7.

THREE POINT GOALS — AS: Harwood (2), Yates (2). DFB: None.

RECORDS — All Saints 10-11 (1-2).

NEXT UP — Dallas Parish Episcopal at All Saints, 6 p.m. Friday.

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Non-District

ETCA 54, Longview CH 18

ETCA17121114 —54

Longview CH3618 —18

ETCA — Amy Riggle, 3; Holly Zubro, 6; Amanda Walston, 4; Hayley Robertson, 5; Samantha Phillips, 18; Mary Lightfoot, 2; Jenny Munoz, 8; Kandus Hines, 4; Maggie McAdams, 2; Kimberly Greenlee, 2.

LONGVIEW CHRISTIAN HERITAGE — Bond, 4; Atkinson, 9; Horaney, 3; Upchurch, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — ETCA: Phillips (2); CH: Bond.

RECORDS — ETCA 8-5.

NEXT UP — Trinity-Longview at ETCA, 5 p.m. Friday.

 

TAPPS?2-4A?Boys

Dallas Christian 60, T.K. Gorman 38

Dallas Christian broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to score a 60-38 win over Bishop T.K. Gorman on Tuesday in a TAPPS District 2-4A game at Haddad Gym.

Ben Ashworth led TKG with 11 points. 

 

Dallas Christian12141519 —60

T.K. Gorman147125 —38

DALLAS CHRISTIAN — Baker, 9; Weaver, 16; Cannon, 2; Nelson, 8; Morgan, 6; Craig, 19.

TKG — Caleb Williams, 8; Nick Meads, 8; Sean Goforth, 2; Ben Ashworth, 11; Cannon Woods, 5; Matthew Carlton, 4.

THREE POINT GOALS — DC: Baker (2), Morgan. TKG: Meads, Ashworth, Woods.

RECORDS — Dallas Christian 13-2 (3-0), TKG 8-12 (1-2).

NEXT UP — Dallas Christian at Waco Reicher, 7:30 p.m. Friday; TKG at Dallas First Baptist, 7:30 p.m.

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