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By Dan Perrine
For The Record 

Lady Bobcats win at Kountze


Last updated 1/22/2024 at 12:11pm

Coach Eric Girola and the Orangefield Lady Bobcats celebrate his 300th career coaching win after they beat Kountze

Girls high school basketball has entered the second half of district competition. The local teams are vying to capture one of the four playoff positions in their two respective districts.

The Orangefield Lady Bobcats won a huge game on the road Wednesday, January 17. The Lady Bobcats went to Kountze and beat the previously unbeaten in district Lady Lions 47-32 to move into a tie for first place with Kountze.

The Lady Bobcats were led by senior Greenlea Oldham who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Mikayla Locke scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Other big contributors were Rebecca Durbin with 9 rebounds and Kaylea Gravett with 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 points.

Orangefield celebrated with Head Coach Eric Girola who earned his 300th career win as a head coach. Two nights later the Lady Bobcats won a tough one for Coach Girola by a score of 36-33 at home against Kirbyville to improve to 8-1 in district.

Mikayla Locke was the leader for Orangefield with 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Rebecca Durbin was big again scoring 8 points and snaring 3 rebounds. Greenlea Oldham led the Lady Bobcats with 6 rebounds while scoring 4 points and making 2 steals. Brooklyn Wagoner had a good night at the free throw line sinking all four shots from there and had 5 steals defensively.

The Lady Bobcats played at the Orangefield Gymnasium Tuesday against Buna. Their next game is Friday, January 26, at Hardin.

The Bridge City Lady Cardinals, the Little Cypress Mauriceville Lady Bears, and the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs all compete in District 19-4A. The Lady Cardinals solidified their chances of making the playoffs with two good wins last week.

On Wednesday Bridge City played at home and won decisively 65-23 against Jasper. Coach Larry Sterling got balanced scoring as every Lady Cardinal tallied at least two points.

Kaylee Britten of Bridge City was brilliant scoring 16 points and snatching 9 steals in the game. Kennedy Campbell scored in double figures with 10 points and assisted on 7 baskets by her teammates. Whitney Cunningham contributed 9 points and Kailey Nelson had 8 points. Nicole Sasser and Nyah Hantz tied Nelson in rebounds for the Lady Cardinals with 6 boards apiece.

Bridge City followed up on Friday, January 19, at West Orange-Stark winning 51-43 over the Lady Mustangs. The Lady Cardinals improved their district record to 6-2 which has them a half game ahead of the 5-2 Lumberton Lady Raiders who beat Vidor on Wednesday, January 17, and had their second half bye on Friday of last week.

Kennedy Campbell was the high scorer for the Lady Cardinals with 18 points against WOS. Laken Bellenger made 7 rebounds, and Whitney Cunningham had 3 steals.

Little Cypress Mauriceville split its two games last week which puts them in fourth place in the district standings. The Lady Bears at 4-4 are battling with the Vidor Lady Pirates for the final playoff spot in the district.

Keylie Washburn scored 20 points in the Lady Bears win over West Orange-Stark

Cold weather postponed the LCM game with West Orange-Stark until Wednesday which the Lady Bears won 37-28. Keylie Washburn was the high scorer with 20 points for Little Cypress Mauriceville. First place Silsbee beat the Lady Bears on Friday night 77-48 as the Lady Tigers remained undefeated in district.

Bridge City traveled to Silsbee on Tuesday. The Lady Cardinals play at home on Friday, January 26, against the Little Cypress Mauriceville Lady Bears who had a bye on Tuesday. The West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs played Vidor on Tuesday and go to Lumberton on Friday.


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