Painful lesson

Noni Hilley pops in a two pointer in the lane against Texas High

Lady Hawks fall

to Texas High



District basketball play is a good six weeks away, and in a 74-58 loss to Texas High at Hawk Gym Monday night, Pleasant Grove’s girls got an object lesson in just how far must go.

Ashanti Levingston drives the lane for a bucket against Texas High Monday night at Hawk gym.

“Things didn’t go our way, but we kept playing,” said coach Jason Boston. “We took it as an opportunity to get 32 minutes better. I saw tons of improvement from where we were a week ago.”

Senior forward Madeline Haak did her best to keep the Hawks in the game, pouring in 22 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and battling for every ball on defense.

It worked in the first quarter, when the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 9-4 lead. A put-back jumper by Monique Walker, a steal and lay-up by Sha’Nequa Henry, and a pair of field goals from Haak reeled the Tigers back in to 14-13 with 1:24 left in the period.

Texas High’s Urique McBride and Kerrighan Dunn hit back-to-back three-pointers, but Haak sank a free throw and hit a trey of her own to make it a 20-17 game at the end of one.

Abby Hines hits from long distance.

The Tigers opened the second quarter by forcing three consecutive turnovers and converting all three to buckets. A defensive stop and a pair of foul shots later, PG was in a 28-17 hole from which it never emerged. The Hawks never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

Abby Hines chipped in 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and Henry had 11 points.

“We have a way to go, but we have time to get there,” said Boston. “The PG team that was on the floor tonight would have smoked the PG team that was on the floor last week.”

Bill Owney
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A veteran journalist and educator, Bill Owney is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida. Writing awards include APME honors for investigative reporting, the Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Award for public service reporting and numerous awards for editorial, column and news writing. He served as publisher of the Atlanta Citizens Journal and Pittsburg Gazette when each paper won sweepstakes awards from the Texas Press and North and East Texas Press Associations. He spent 15 years as a public school teacher and is an adjunct professor of English at Texarkana College.