TEXARKANA -- Freshman guard Javier Neal is a player quickly bursting to the forefront of East Texas' Class 5A basketball scene and turned in another impressive night Tuesday.

Neal scored 19 of his team-best 21 points in the second half, but Texas High rode the streak out with red hot shooting for a 75-63 win on their home floor in their first game of the season.

Damian Miller, just one of two seniors on Texas High's roster, drained seven 3-pointers and the team hit on 12 shots behind the arc in total. Whitehouse did not connect on any trey attempts.

Miller finished with a game-high 27 points. Jaylen Rhone chipped in another 20 points, including two 3-point shots.

It could have been a much different game for the Tigers though. Texas High committed more fouls, 24 to the Wildcats' 17 and got outrebounded 31-22.

Justin Dunning pulled in seven of those boards for Whitehouse. Malik Gailes had seven rebounds for Texas High.

Whitehouse will try to get revenge in the Coca Cola Classic hosted by Huntington. The team will play games Thursday through Saturday.

Texas High will take its show out of state to play in the Bulldog Classic in Fayetteville, Ark., Thursday through Saturday.

 

Martin's Mill's Outside Shooting Burns Kerens

KERENS -- Logan Jenkins and Davis Moore combined for 11 3-pointers in No. 2 Martin's Mill's 68-63 road win.

Only four players scored all game for the Mustangs (3-0), but each finished in double digits.

Jenkins, who scored 18 points behind the arc, finished the game with 24 points. Moore made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points in total. Hunter Conway and Dylan Weatherford supplemented the effort with 11 points apiece.

DeQuaylon Bivins, a 6-1 and 190-pound athlete, led Kerens with 15 points. Seven other players scored, but none of them were able to reach double digits against the Martin's Mill defense.

The Mustangs will put their three-game unbeaten streak on the line at home Friday against Clarksville.

 

Pine Tree Hangs On Against Chapel Hill

LONGVIEW -- Pine Tree topped Chapel Hill, 44-37, at the Pirate Center.

Lucas Kirchoff and Joel Best scored in double figures for the Pirates with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Pine Tree held Chapel Hill individual scorers to no more than six points in the game.

The Pirates will participate in Tatum's tournament beginning Friday. Chapel Hill returns home to play Winona on Thursday.

 

Harmony Edges Ore City

ORE CITY -- Bentley Miner's 14 rebounds and two blocks were probably the difference in Harmony's 64-61 win Tuesday against Ore City.

Four players in double-digit scoring figures didn't hurt matters for the Eagles.

Dalton Brenner and Waymon Lay led Harmony with 15 points each, Miner scored 12 and Spencer Seahorn chipped in 10.

Ore City's Josiah Campbell had a game-best 19 points and guided a cast of seven other scorers for the Rebels.

Harmony will battle Omaha Paul Pewitt and Jefferson on Thursday at Hughes Springs' tournament. Ore City also will participate in the tournament, facing the hosts and Harleton on Friday.

 

 Girls Basketball

Henderson Holds Off Marshall

HENDERSON -- Ja'Keyah Stewart scored 16 points and recorded four assists as well as four steals in the Lady Lions' 49-43 win against Marshall.

Joy Williams, Madeline Morris and Nakia McElhanon were Henderson's only other scorers, but each player had 10 or more points in the game. McElhanon picked up a double-double with 10 boards and 10 points.

Marshall will take on Pleasant Grove on Thursday. The Lady Lions will play in Spring Hill's tournament Thursday through Saturday.

 

San Augustine Holds Off Mt. Enterprise

SAN AUGUSTINE -- The Lady Wolves needed every point Tuesday in a narrow 42-40 win against Mt. Enterprise.

LaTavia Watts led San Augustine with 17 points and Destiny Barnes was right there with 13 of her own.

Jazmine Watts did not score in the game, but she did pull in 11 big rebounds in the two-point win.

Scoring for the Lady Wolves was rounded out by Ky'Ashlyn Price, Catasha Clifton, Lajada Johnson and LaSharvia Edwards.

 

Mineola Lays It On Wills Point

MINEOLA -- The Lady Yellowjackets walked away from Tuesday's game against Wills Point with a comfortable 80-56 victory.

Outside shooting played a big role in the win. Mineola connected on seven 3-pointers, including three scores from behind the arc by Sister Green.

Green finished her game with a game-best 18 points. Jada Harper added 13 points to round out Lady Yellowjackets in double digits.

Mineola advanced its record to 1-2 and next faces Mt. Pleasant on Thursday to kick off its time at the Big Sandy Tournament.

 

Martin's Mill Downs Troup

TROUP -- Martin's Mill forward Cheyenne Brown scored 27 points and the Lady Mustangs did not need much else in a decisive 57-33 win at Troup.

Hailey Celsur added 12 points and a cast of five other players got on the board for Martin's Mill.

Josee Ross led the Lady Tigers with 11 points.

Bullard Picks Up 10th Win Of The Season

BULLARD -- Lexi Kirgan scored 22 points and five other players had more than eight points each as the Lady Panthers took down Quitman, 67-34.

Maddy Slayter, Lauren Zachry and DeAnna Howard all scored nine points in the win.

Kristen Chamberlain and Hannah Lloyd had eight points apiece.