ET Basketball Notebook: Spring Hill's Miller, Tatum's Allen named Players of the Week, more
Spring Hill's Kyren Miller and Tatum's Essence Allen earned ETVarsity.com Basketball Player of the Week honors for their performances in games played Feb. 5-10.
Miller helped lead Spring Hill to a pair of wins and at least a share of the District 15-4A championship, averaging 20 points per contest and connecting on 10 3-pointers in wins over Chapel Hill and Kilgore.
On Friday, in a 50-49 win over Kilgore, Miller finished with 19 points, hitting 5 of 9 triples and going 5-for-5 from the free throw line. In a win over Chapel Hill, he knocked down five more treys and scored 21 points.
Spring Hill sits at 20-12 overall and 8-1 in the league race heading into tonight's regular season finale at home against Gilmer (5-4). The Panthers can clinch the outright championship with a win.
Allen, meanwhile, stepped in for injured team-leader Bri Mitchell and scored 26 points (four 3-pointers) to go along with four rebounds, two steals and five assists to help lead Tatum to a 61-42 win over Center.
The win moved Tatum to 27-4 overall and clinched an unbeaten (8-0) district championship for the Lady Eagles.
In other outstanding performances from around East Texas (nominated by coaches):
Spring Hill's Tyler Caron scored 22 points against Kilgore and dropped in 20 against Chapel Hill to help the Panthers go 2-0 for the week.
Kilgore's Deiontrae Wheat scored 20 points and collected five rebounds against Gilmer and added 12 points and six rebounds against Kilgore.
Sabine's Will Shawn averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games, adding four assists, a steal and a block in wins over Arp and Winona. He had a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double against Arp. Teammate Travion Oliver averaged 16 points and five rebounds, and Hunter Grotemat averaged 8.5 points, three rebounds and 4.5 steals. Glenn George had five points and nine rebounds against Winona.
Sabine's Kristen Stuart had 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and an assists for the playoff-bound Lady Cardinals in a win over Arp. Teammate Sarah Davis added nine points and eight rebounds.
Paul Pewitt's Ebbony Cobbins averaged 31 points, 15 rebounds, 7.5 steals and 3.5 assists as the Lady Brahmas defeated Daingerfield to clinch a playoff spot and knocked off Harleton in a tune-up game. Teammate Calli Osmon added 7.5 points, five rebounds and 2.5 steals, Mya Heath six points, five rebounds, 2.5 steals and 3.5 assists and Lydia Makowiecki 4.5 points, seven rebounds, three steals and 1.5 assists.
Union Grove freshman Carleigh Judd averaged 15.5 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks in wins over Carlisle and Queen City, scoring 20 to go along with nine rebounds in a tune-up against Queen City. Teammate Summer Grubbs averaged 14.5 points, seven rebounds, 8.5 assists and 6.2 steals, and Haley Breazeale averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and two steals per contest.
The postseason (girls) began for a few teams on Monday, and a full slate of games are on tap tonight.
In Class 4A, Kilgore and Henderson meet at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Tree and Tatum faces Chapel Hill at 6:30 p.m. at Overton. In Class 3A, White Oak faces Harmony at 6:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University, Elysian Fields battles Winona at 6:30 p.m. at Marshall, Sabine takes on Jeferson at 6 p.m. at Longview's Lobo Coliseum and Harleton faces Troup at 6 p.m. at Union Grove.
The regular season ends tonight for boys, with Longview (at Tyler Lee), Pine Tree (at Texas High) and Hallsville (at Sulphur Springs) on the road.
Spring Hill hosts Gilmer and Kilgore visits Gladewater in 15-4A. Tatum is at Carthage in 16-4A. Hooks visits Hughes Springs and New Boston visits Paul Pewitt in 14-3A, and Sabine is at Harmony in District 15-3A.
In District 16-3A, White Oak hosts Harleton, Waskom hosts Ore City, Jefferson hosts Beckville and New Diana hosts Elysian Fields. Linden-Kildare is at home against Detroit in District 15-2A. Union Grove visits Hawkins and Big Sandy is at Gary in 16-2A, and Avinger visits Bloomburg in 24-A action.