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ODESSA -- Midland High head coach Edi DeLucas thought his Lady Bulldogs waited too long to play their brand of basketball in Tuesday’s District 2-6A opener against Odessa High. MHS almost pulled off an improbable comeback with a 17-4 run in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Dawgs’ rally attempt fell short in a 60-52 loss to the Lady Bronchos at the OHS Fieldhouse. Trailing 52-35 through three quarters, MHS cut its deficit to 56-52 when Samantha Braudaway scored underneath the hoop on an assist from Aubre Liggens with about a minute and half to play. The Lady Bronchos turned the ball over on their next possession, but MHS couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. After an OHS defensive stop, junior point guard Nesha Stephens dribbled the length of the court and scored on a layup, extending the Lady Bronchos’ lead to 6 points with 56 seconds to play, and they never looked back. Stephens finished with a game-high 21 points to help OHS (6-7, 1-0) take its first league game after missing the playoffs last season. “We were able to settle down in the last minute, 43 seconds after I called a timeout,” Lady Bronchos head coach Marcus Chapa said. “We made the kids understand the situation. We were in no need to push, no need to force and we didn’t want to play their scrappy game, so we just had to settle down and take control of the game again.” Braudaway led the Lady Bulldogs (5-8, 0-1) with 19 points, including nine during her team’s 17-8 fourth quarter. Trailing 54-46, MHS cut its deficit to six points when Ty’Eisha Satterwhite stole the ball on defensive in the half-court and converted the turnover into a Ahmaria Tennon layup. On the Lady Dawgs’ next possession, Satterwhite provided a putback, cutting the deficit to 54-50. “That fourth quarter, we should have started off like that,” DeLucas said of the 17-4 run. “We just came in and we thought we were going to be able to dominate, we were going to be able to take over. Not until that fourth quarter did we decide to play. So that’s on us. That’s something we need to fix and correct and work on. Starting off ready to go, on fire. All five of us, not just three of us out there.” OHS took control of the game late in the first quarter when MHS struggled to pass the ball against its trap and were able to convert the miscues into easy transition baskets. The Lady Bronchos took the lead for good at 16-14 when Stephens scored on an easy layup after a steal. OHS added to its lead when Stephens added another steal off the trap and dished to Deoshanay Henderson for a fast-break bucket. Henderson finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block. “Obviously our pressure defense is what we’re known for, it’s what we stand by,” Chapa said. OHS carried the momentum into the second quarter and led 34-21 at halftime. “Credit to them, he has big girls up on his press,” DeLucas said. “They have really good long arms, and long hands. They do a good job of flying around. We just got to be confident in our own selves to bring the ball up the court, but they do a great job of flying around, trapping and getting some tips on the ball.” Liggens had 10 rebounds and three steals for MHS, spearheading the team’s defensive effort during its fourth-quarter rally attempt. Satterwhite added eight rebounds. chadorn@mrt.com | Follow Christopher on Twitter: @chris_MRTsports ODESSA HIGH 60, MIDLAND HIGH 52 Midland High (5-8, 0-1 in District 2-6A) – Ciarah Brannon 7, Makayla Williams 9, Mia Mitchell 7, Samantha Braudaway 19, Ahmaria Tennon 4, Aubre Liggens 3, Ty’Eisha Satterwhite 3 Odessa High (6-7, 1-0) – Kheeauna Lide 4, Nesha Stephens 21, Amber Escontrias 6, Nevaeh Carrasco 3, Melina Escogido 8, Paige Byford 2, Deoshanay Henderson 16 MHS 12 10 13 17 --52 OHS 21 13 18 8 --60 Free throws – MHS 14-21, OHS 7-13. 3-point goals – MHS 4 (Williams 2, Brannon, Braudaway), OHS 3 (Escogido 2, Stephens). Total fouls – MHS 16, OHS 14. Fouled out – None....

12/16/2020

COOPER 56 MHS 52 ABILENE – Kobe Powell scored a team-high 20 points for Midland High in a close loss to Abilene Cooper on Monday. Mia Mitchell had eight points and Aubre Liggens added seven for the Lady Bulldogs (5-7), who visit Odessa High in their District 2-6A opener on Dec. 15. ABILENE COOPER 56, MIDLAND HIGH 52 Midland High (5-7) – Makayla Williams 6, An’Jaya Saddler 2, Mia Mitchell 8, Samantha Braudaway 5, Ahmaria Tennon 4, Aubre Liggens 7, Kobe Powell 20 Abilene Cooper – Hatcher 6, Marquez 8, French 3, Garcia 14, Speights 20, Larkins 3, Kemp 2 MHS 7 15 11 19 --52 Cooper 13 14 15 14 --56 Free throws – MHS 6-13, Cooper 18-34. 3-point goals – MHS 4 (Powell 3, Braudaway), Cooper 4 (Speights 2, Larkins, Marquez). Total fouls – MHS 20, Cooper 14. Fouled out – Powell. Next: MHS at Odessa High, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15...

12/9/2020

PLAINVIEW – Dalhart took control with a 15-4 second quarter during a 50-34 win over Midland High in a non-district girls basketball game on Saturday. Kobe Powell and Mia Mitchell each led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points. Dalhart’s Kaeona Marquez was the game’s leading scorer with 20. MHS hosts Lubbock Cooper at 6 p.m. Tuesday. DALHART 50, MIDLAND HIGH 34 Midland High – Ciarah Brannon 2, Noemi Arciga 3, Mia Mitchell 12, Kobe Powell 12, Ty’Eisha Satterwhite 5 Dalhart – K. Lenz 5, K. Marquez 20, J. Trusler 9, C. Davila 10, C. Day 2, K. Green 2, B. Berngen 2 Dalhart 15 15 7 13 --50 Midland 11 4 5 14 --34 Free throws – MHS 8-15, Dalhart 5-5. 3-point goals – Dalhart 7 (Davila 3, Trusler 3, Lenz). Total fouls – MHS 8, Dalhart 7. Fouled out – None. Next: Lubbock Cooper at Midland High, 6 p.m. Tuesday...

11/30/2020

The Midland High volleyball team had No. 4-ranked Weatherford on the ropes. The Lady Bulldogs were up 14-11 in the fifth set and were assured of at least three match points to eliminate the Lady Roos in a Class 6A area playoff on Tuesday at the MHS gym. But MHS couldn’t put Weatherford away. A serve by Katie Hansen was hit out of bounds by a diving MHS defender for an ace, sealing the Lady Roos’ 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 26-24, 17-15 victory over the Lady Dawgs. Weatherford (23-2) advanced to face the winner of Fort Worth Eaton and El Paso Franklin in the regional quarterfinals, while the Lady Bulldogs (12-4) will be left to wonder how far of a run they could have made this season had they won this match. Aniya Clinton put MHS in position to take the match after she recorded kills for the 13th and 14th point in the fifth set. But Hansen responded with a block to stop the Lady Dawgs’ momentum, and MHS had an opportunity on the following point to end the match, but its attack was just wide of the line along the bench area. “That’s the game of volleyball, the momentum,” Lady Dawgs head coach Amanda Lopez said. “One thing goes your way and then you’re tied, and then that’s the game. It’s such a fast turn of events sometimes. It just hurts that we couldn’t finish.” Hansen, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, put the Lady Dawgs on their heels with a block to give the Lady Roos a 15-14 advantage. “This group is just a bunch of kids that hate to lose. and I think it showed right there,” Weatherford head coach Nicholas Gay said. “Some of the plays that we made in those last three points are just straight-out heart. I’m really proud of them. Honestly, we had the cards stacked against us. Coming all the way out to Midland. Midland played great. They’re a great team. Playing in their home gym, four hours away, there was a lot of stuff stacked against us, but our kids responded when they needed it.” The Lady Roos appeared to have the early momentum after they took the first set and held a 15-10 advantage in the second set. MHS called a timeout to regroup. “We reminded ourselves not to make the game bigger than it is and to continue to play for each other,” Lopez said. “That we could do it, that we prepared for it.’ The Lady Bulldogs responded with six straight points to change the momentum of the match, highlighted by two kills each from Clinton and Ella Gideon, and an ace from Alexandra Juarez. MHS senior middle blocker Maddy Kennedy registered a block for the 25th point, evening the match at 1. “Coach Lopez said that was a hell of a fight and I’ve never seen a team fight that hard to win,” Lady Dawgs senior setter Olivia Harper said of the second set rally. “I think it showed how much heart we had and how much passion we had for this game.” Trailing 20-19 in the third set, MHS tied it on a kill from Emma Grimes, and took the lead for good behind a block by Kennedy. Clinton put it away with a kill and put the Lady Dawgs in the driver seat, up 2-1, heading into the fourth set. MHS had a chance to take the fourth stanza, as it led 21-19 following a kill by Clinton. But Hansen took away the momentum by following with two straight kills. Hansen put the fourth set away with a serve that wasn’t handled well by the Lady Dawgs’ defense. “It doesn’t seem fair when you have a team like this who give everything,” Lopez said. “The injuries we have, the amount of hours in treatment, they give their whole hearts. They will do anything we ask them to do. It just doesn’t feel right that it has to be over.” Clinton had a team-high 26 kills and added 15 digs; Demmi Anders led MHS with 26 digs; Harper racked up 44 assists and 12 digs; Grimes provided 18 kills and Kennedy had 10 kills and four blocks. “I’m really proud of us and how we came out today,” Harper said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team. You can tell how close we are and how close we’ve always been just by how we played today. They were a really good team. They ran a fast offense and I think we kept up with them really well.” oleroy@mrt.com | Follow Christopher on Twitter: @chris_MRTsports WEATHERFORD DEF. MIDLAND HIGH 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 26-24, 17-15 Midland High statistics Kills – Aniya Clinton 26, Emma Grimes 18, Maddy Kennedy 10, Ella Gideon 7, Oliva Hale 3, Grace Utter 1 Digs – Demmi Anders 26, Clinton 15, Alexandra Juarez 14, Olivia Harper 12, Gideon 7, Utter 7, Hale 1 Assists – Harper 44, Gideon 19, Anders 1, Clinton 1 Blocks – Kennedy 4, Grimes 2, Utter 1, Gideon 1 Aces – Juarez 2, Clinton 1, Gideon 1, Utter 1 Records: Weatherford 23-2; Midland High 12-4 Next: Midland High’s season is over; Weatherford vs. Fort Worth Eaton vs. El Paso Franklin winner, TBA, regional quarterfinal...

11/27/2020

The Midland High tennis team was honored with two superlatives and five first-team selections in the District 2-6A All-District Tennis Team just announced. Senior Tyler Stewart was named as the District 2-6A MVP, while Bulldog freshman Camden Foreman was named as the Freshman of the Year in the District. Stewart was named as a first-team boys singles player and teamed with Connor Carriger as a first-team boys doubles team. Carriger was also named as a first-team boys singles player. Stewart and Carriger each went a combined 12-0 in both singles and doubles district play. Foreman was named a first team boys singles player as he also went 6-0 in district play. MHS’s Parker Smith was also named as a first team boys singles player after going 5-1 in district play. MHS also had seven second-team selections and five honorable mention picks. This year the Bulldogs reached the area round of the Class 6A playoffs before falling to No. 10-ranked Southlake Carroll. 2020 District 2-6A All-District Tennis Team (district records in parentheses) Boys MVP – Tyler Stewart, Midland High Girls MVP – Ruth Hill, Abilene High Boys Freshman of the Year – Camden Foreman, Midland High Girls Freshman of the Year – Lauren McCombs, Wolfforth Frenship Boys Newcomer of the Year – Griffin Sullivan, Abilene High Girls Newcomer of the Year – Kenzie King, San Angelo Central Coach of the Year – Brent Abilez, San Angelo Central First team Boys Singles – 1. Tyler Stewart, Midland High (6-0); 2. Connor Carriger, MHS (6-0); 3. Landon Morris, Abilene High (5-1); Parker Smith, MHS (5-1); 4. Bennett Sullivan, Abilene (6-0); 5. Camden Foreman, MHS (6-0); 6. Rolando Rivera, Abilene (6-0) Doubles – 1. Stewart-Carriger, MHS (6-0); 2. Isaac Ayala-Brent Postar, Wolfforth Frenship (5-1); 3. Rolando Rivera-James Wellborn, Abilene (5-1); McCombs-Lambert, Abilene (4-1) Girls Singles – 1. Ruth Hill, Abilene (6-0); 2. Kaitlin Strain, Abilene (5-0); 3. Trinity Pluger, San Angelo Central (6-0); 4. Kenzie King, Central (6-0); 5. Kaori Neal, Central (6-0); 6. Kaiya Phongsavanhithong, Central (6-0) Doubles – 1. Ruth Hill-Kaitlyn Strain, Abilene (6-0); 2. Tia Pupella-Charlie Anderson, Abilene (5-0); 3. McKenna Diebitsch, Central (5-1); Faith Pupella-Holand Wiggins, Abilene (4-0); Sydney Norma-Lauren McCombs, Frenship (5-1) Mixed Doubles Mykhal Vasquez-Avery Cofer, Frenship (6-0) Second Team Boys Singles – 1. Richie Ramos, Central (5-1); 2. Cameron Coker, Central (4-2); Griffin Sullivan, Abilene (4-2); 3. Isaac Ayala, Frenship (4-2); 4. Caiden Reece, MHS (5-1); 5. Nate James, Central (4-2); 6. Caden Carrigar, MHS (3-2) Doubles – 1. Richie Ramos-Sam Campassi, Central (4-2); Dylan-Haught, Abilene (4-2); 2. Cameron Coker-Aryan Shaik, Central (4-1); 3. Gabe James-Brent Wilcox, Central (4-0) Girls Singles – 1. Sarah Stewart, MHS (5-1); 2. Montserrat Salazar, MHS (5-1); 3. Tia Pupella, Abilene (4-1); 4. Savannah Brown, MHS (2-3); Charlie Anderson, Abilene (2-2); 5. Faith Pupella, Abilene (3-1); 6. Shelby Wicker, MHS (5-1) Doubles -- 1.Halle Jost-Kaori Neal, Central (5-1). 2. Kelsey Bishop-Trinity Pfluger, Central (5-1) Mixed Doubles Kenzie King-Nate James, Central (5-1) Midland High honorable mention Boys doubles, 3. Smith-Reece (3-3); girls singles, 3. Kristin Thompson (4-2); girls doubles, 1. S. Stewart-Salazar (4-2); mixed doubles, Carrigar-Anderson (3-2)...

11/10/2020

ABILENE – Second-place Midland High swept Abilene High with a 25-11, 25-19, 25-13 victory to keep its District 2-6A title hopes alive on Tuesday. Emma Grimes led the Lady Bulldogs (9-2, 8-1) with 10 kills; Demmi Anders had a team-best 23 digs; Aniya Clinton had eight kills and 20 digs and Maddy Kennedy had a team-high six blocks. MIDLAND HIGH DEF. ABILENE HIGH 25-11, 25-19, 25-13 Midland High statistics Kills – Emma Grimes 10, Aniya Clinton 8, Ella Gideon 6, Maddy Kennedy 6, Grace Utter 2, Grace Ware 1 Digs – Demmi Anders 23, Clinton 20, Alexandra Juarez 8, Gideon 8, Olivia Harper 7, Janelle Troutman 1, Grimes 1, Utter 1, Ware 1 Assists – Harper 14, Gideon 13, Anders 3, Zymri Hernandez 2, Imani Parker 1 Blocks – Kennedy 6, Utter 3, Clinton 1, Gideon 1 Aces – Troutman 2, Anders 2 Record: Midland High 9-2, 8-1 in District 2-6A Next: San Angelo Central at MHS, 5 p.m. Friday...

11/4/2020

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