By CALEB SLINKARD
The Commerce Journal
The Tigers boys basketball squad defeated West Rusk 52-37 Saturday in the Big Sandy Tournament to increase their record to 3-5 on the year. Commerce was led in non-district matchup by senior Kavrin Massey with 13 points. Sophomore D’Lance Sharp chipped in 11, and senior Buck Wilson added eight.
The Tigers started the 2012-13 season poorly, losing their first four games to Collinsville (61-40), LaPoynor (68-46), Lone Oak (54-50) and Quitman (66-53), but they have won three of their last four matches. Victories include a closs 64-63 victory over Rains in Commerce on Dec. 4 and another one point win over Atlanta in the Big Sandy Tournament 58-57. The Tigers were defeated by Ricercrest 77-41 on Dec. 7.
Wilson is leading the team with 15.5 points per game, while Sharp is second with 11. Tigers’ varsity players include Wilson, Sharp, Massey, senior Hayden Jackson, junior Al Jackson, senior Cody Blanton, senior Daryian Hubbard, junior Josh McKeithen, junior Connor Ellis and senior Baley Chastian.
The Tigers welcomed Farmsersville Tuesday night for a home game, but lost 64-61. They will take on Princeton at home on Dec. 14, and visit Kaufman on Dec. 18.
Lady Tigers struggle at Commerce Tournament
The Lady Tigers (3-6) fell to Paris 60-51 on Dec. 6 during the Commerce High School Girls’ Tournament. Junior Anitial Robins and sophomore Jazlyn Pipkins led the Wildcats with 14 points each. Commerce had lost their two previous games against Sunnyvale (41-31) and Rivercrest (47-40) after defeating Caddo Mills 37-25 on Nov. 27. The Lady Tigers suffered defeats against Sulphur Springs (49-37) and Leonard (57-37) on Nov. 19 and Nov. 17 and were victorious against Bells (56-48) and St. Joseph Academy (58-29). They began their season with a 32-26 loss to Forney.
The Lady Tigers are comprised of freshman Jordan Sharp, senior Mouer Kelsey, junior Taite McBee, senior Devin Rodgers, senior Kaitlyn Mulkey, senior Rebekah Cooper, senior Natillie Tarrant, senior Kaci Harrison, senior Morgan Doolin and Senior Kadijah Pannell.
They traveled to tak on Winnsboro Tuesday night and will welcome THESA from Fort Worth on Dec. 14 and Grand Saline on Dec. 18.