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The basketball season is well  underway. The Lady Pack are 15-3 and 2-0 in district play with a big home win over The Woodlands last night. 

The Pack guys are 11-7 on the season and begin district play next week with two games on the road against College Park and Conroe. They have lost three games to Longview, one an early season  55-50 loss, then 62-58 OT and 52-47 OT in the Longview Leroy Romines Tournament. However, the Lobos  (15-5) got blasted 92-53 @ Rockwall Heath (15-7) last night.

The Lufkin guys and gals look to be contenders in District  12 -6A this year. Looking forward to seeing some games.  

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Panthers lose @ College Park 75-60 in their 1st District game of the year. They are now 11-8 and 0-1 on the year.

Lady Pack win 69-54 over College Park to go 3-0 in District play. The girls are 16-3 on the year.

Lufkin boys are missing Breylon Garcia with his football injury.  Does anyone know if he will play basketball at all this year?

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Why does Pineywoods Academy play their games at AC when they built a new gym at the school?    Did any of those kids playing at PCA start out at Lufkin or not?  

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 KeVonte Hurts scored 15 points as Lufkin picked up a 66-56 road victory over Conroe.

JaCourtney Calvin had 13 points for Lufkin, and Chris Thompson had 10 points.

Jay Lewis led Conroe with 22 points.

Other scorers for Lufkin were Ja’Lynn Polk, 8; Torrance Agnew, 7; Natron Wortham, 5; Jerrin Thompson, 2; Darren Woodson, 2; and Kewone Thomas, 2.

Lufkin (1-1 in District 12-6A) will host Montgomery at 7 tonight at Panther Gym.

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A look at the district standings would have made Thursday evening’s contest between the Lufkin Lady Panthers and Conroe Lady Tigers seem like a runaway in favor of the home team.

However, the visitors made the Lady Panthers work to stay undefeated in District 12-6A competition. Lufkin held Conroe scoreless for the final 4:09 and ended the game on a 6-0 run to pull out a 47-39 victory at Panther Gym.

Conroe (7-15, 1-3) entered Thursday’s contest near the bottom of the district standings but had played numerous close games. All three of Conroe’s previous three district games were decided by a total of 10 points.

Despite Lufkin taking an 8-4 lead early behind 6 points from Mycah McDonald, Conroe rallied to take a 14-12 lead at the end of the opening frame.

The Lady Tigers jumped ahead 19-15 in the second quarter before a putback by Anyia Cottrell and a free throw each by Kurstyn Harden and McDonald tied the score. The score was knotted at 21 at halftime.

Conroe opened the third quarter with a 4-0 spurt by Alexia Mason and led 33-28 with 2:45 on the clock. The Lady Panthers ended the third quarter on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 33 entering the final stanza.

The Lady Panthers extended their run to 11-0 in the fourth quarter with buckets by Harden, Cottrell and McDonald. Conroe cut the deficit back down to 2, 41-39, with 4:09 left, but an old-fashioned 3-point play by Alexis Hood with 3:34 remaining was the final field goal of the contest.

McDonald led Lufkin (22-4, 4-0) with 15 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Hood had 13 points, six rebounds and four steals. Harden had 9 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Cottrell had 7 points. Brianna Davis had 2 points, and Destinee Holman had 1 point and nine rebounds.

Mason led Conroe with 9 points, and JaKayla Bradford had 8 points.

The Lady Panthers will be on the road today to take on Montgomery.


Brandon Ogden’s email address is  bogden@lufkindailynews.com.

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Panthers fend off Montgomery

By Gary Stallard For The Lufkin News 

There’s just no such thing as a comfortable lead when it comes to district competition.

The Lufkin Panthers built a seemingly comfortable 18-point lead thanks to a third-quarter eruption, but then had to fend off a stubborn Montgomery team to take a 64-56 win Friday at Panther Gymnasium.

The Pack closed out the first half with an 8-3 run to take a double-digit lead before the break, only to see the Bears open the third period with a 7-2 run to trim the lead to 4 points.

Lufkin answered with its biggest surge of the night, getting a trio of 3-pointers to extend the lead to 47-31 before the fourth quarter began.

Then Montgomery’s Bryce Cernosek went off, scoring 17 of his game-high 33 points to keep the Pack from running away with the game. Lufkin’s Zay Shankle helped calm the storm with six free throws, and the Panthers held on for the win.

Lufkin’s attack-the-paint style proved effective, with Pack shooters finishing the game having picked up 17 points from the line.

Shankle and Natron Wortham led Lufkin with 14 points. Chris Thompson hit a pair of key 3-pointers to finish with 13 points, and Darren Woodson added 7.

The Pack travels to Oak Ridge on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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By JOSH HAVARD/The Lufkin News

With the District 12-6A slate in full force, the Lufkin Panthers and Lady Panthers both find themselves in the middle of the playoff race.

Each team get to continue that push toward the postseason as they take on Oak Ridge tonight.

On the girls’ side, Lufkin (5-0 in district) sits alone at the top of the district standings. Tonight’s game presents be the perfect opportunity for the Lady Panthers to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the district as the second-place Oak Ridge Lady Eagles come to town.

The Lady Eagles (18-8, 4-1) sit one game back of Lufkin, meaning a win by the Lady Panthers would put them two games up on their closest competition with four games left in the regular season. It would also give Lufkin the tiebreaker over Oak Ridge.

Meanwhile an Oak Ridge win would even up the district race headed into the final two weeks.

Lufkin already owns a win over Oak Ridge, a 62-57 decision to start district action in Conroe on Jan. 5.

In addition to the pivotal district contest, tonight’s game is also Breast Cancer Awareness Night, which is a Pink Out game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.

Tip-off for tonight’s game is set for 6 at Panther Gym.

In other district action, The Woodlands (16-12, 3-2) is hosting College Park (9-14, 2-3) and Conroe (7-16, 1-4) is hosting Montgomery (7-23, 0-5).

On the boys’ side, Lufkin enters tonight’s contest in Oak Ridge (6-15, 1-2) a single game back of College Park (14-11, 3-0) and The Woodlands (16-10, 3-0), two teams locked in a first-place tie in 12-6A.

With those teams facing each other tonight, Lufkin needs a win to move into a second-place tie with the loser of that game. However, a loss would move Lufkin into a third-place tie with Oak Ridge.

The Panthers are coming off a 64-56 home win over Montgomery on Friday night.

Tip-off for tonight’s game at Oak Ridge is set for 7.

Josh Havard’s email address is jhavard@lufkindailynews.com

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Girls lost 61-53. Lacked hustle and enthusiasm ,  they had about 20 plus turnovers, looked like they did not want to be there. This was my first game to see them play. They were 22-4 before tonight and it is hard to believe  based on what they did tonight against OR.

LUFKIN and OR are now tied for 1st with 4 games to play. Lufkin's next games are against, THW,  CP,  Conroe and Montgomery.

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By JOSH HAVARD/The Lufkin News

A perfect first half of district that included a road win over the Oak Ridge Lady Eagles gave the Lufkin Lady Panthers the opportunity to put a stranglehold on the District 12-6A race. It took 32 minutes for the Lady War Eagles to wrestle all of that away.

Using a pressure defense along with a 20-point night from Alecia Whyte, the Lady War Eagles rallied for a 61-53 win over Lufkin at Panther Gym Tuesday night.

With the win, Oak Ridge (19-8, 5-1) pulled even with Lufkin (24-5, 5-1) with four district games left in the season.

The Lady Panthers were led by Mycah McDonald, who scored 13 of her 21 points after the halftime break. Kurstyn Harden added 18 points and Alexis Hood had 10.

That wasn’t quite enough against an Oak Ridge team that heated up in the third quarter and controlled much of the action over the final 16 minutes.

The Lady Panthers took a 23-20 lead into the half thanks to a Hood jumper along with a McDonald steal and layup in the final seconds of the second quarter.

That lead extended out to 5 points early in the second half and Lufkin led 30-26 when McDonald hit a layup with 6:20 left in the third quarter.

Oak Ridge responded with its biggest run of the game, a 13-4 spurt that was started by a White putback and featured 5 straight points from Alyssa Gonzales.

White capped the run with a layup that made it 39-34 late in the third quarter.

Lufkin had a quick answer with a 9-2 run featuring a basket and a 3-point play from Harden.

Oak Ridge put a cap on the wild third quarter when Rylee Batson banked in a long 3 at the buzzer for her only points of the night, leaving the Lady War Eagles with a 44-43 lead.

Lufkin regained the lead quickly in the fourth quarter when McDonald sank a pair of free throws for a 47-46 advantage.

That was the last time Lufkin led as Oak Ridge’s White scored the next 5 points. McDonald stalled the momentum with a putback that brought the Lady Panthers within two at 51-49 with 5:50 remaining.

After Oak Ridge scored the next 5 points, Lufkin trimmed the margin to 56-53 with 1:32 remaining on a pair of McDonald free throws and a Harden layup.

That was as close as it got, as Oak Ridge’s Nikki Petrakovitz put the game away with a layup and the Lady War Eagles added three free throws in the final minute for the 8-point win.

Other scorers for Lufkin were Je’Dayshia Runnels and Destinee Holman with 2 points each.

Other Oak Ridge scorers were Gonzales (11), Careen Carter (9), Batson (3) and Petrakovitz, Yazmine Kellough and Bri Solares (2).

The Lady Panthers return to action Friday night when they travel to The Woodlands.

Oak Ridge 56, Panthers 54 — Chris Thompson scored 18 points, but the Lufkin Panthers came up on the short end of a narrow 56-54 decision against the Oak Ridge War Eagles on the road Tuesday night.

JaCourtney Calvin added 12 points for Lufkin, Natron Wortham had 5, KeVonte Hurts and Rylee Holt each had 4 and Torrance Agnew and Jerrin Thompson added 2 apiece.

Lufkin returns to action on Friday night when it hosts The Woodlands.


Josh Havard’s email address is


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Well, it was a long night for Lufkin basketball at Panther Gym.  The Woodlands went 3-0, winning the Freshman A game 64-57, JV game 61-37 and the Varsity game 66-55.  Do not know how the Freshman B game turned out.


One of the  Basic Basketball 101 Fundamentals is to learn or know how to break a press.  You learn that in youth ball,  but Lufkin was eat up tonight by THW half court traps resulting in a bunch of turnovers and probably about 22-24  points directly tied to the turnovers either thrown away or stolen or free throws. 

THW was just more fundamentally sound in their play,  they are tall and long and well coached.  They know how to finish and get to the free throw line.  Lufkin looked really good at times with their inside play and some nice scoring drives to the hoop and few three pointers, but in between all that good play, there seems to be  lots of wild and hurried shots too.  Been a tough year,  they may still make the playoffs .  THW is a good team, in fact all three of them were tonight.   


What happen to Jerimiah Davis and Savon Fields not playing basketball their senior year???

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Highlanders too much for Pack

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Lufkin’s X’ayvion Shankle (2) dribbles the ball past The Woodlands defender McKay Malatesta (2) during a District 12-6A game Friday night at Panther Gym. Lufkin dropped a 66-55 decision to The Woodlands.


By JOSH HAVARD/The Lufkin News |

The first-place Woodlands Highlanders came to Lufkin featuring one of the best players along with the best defense in 16-5A. Lufkin got an up-close look at both on Friday night as Romello Wilbert poured in 23 points and the Highlanders forced 20 turnovers on the way to a 66-55 win in District 12-6A action at Panther Gym.


Austin Tieperman added 16 points for The Woodlands (18-10, 5-0), including a pair of 3-pointers during a decisive 9-0 fourth-quarter run that lasted only 39 seconds and proved to be the final dagger for the Panthers.

Chris Thompson poured in 18 points to lead the way for the Panthers, and JaCourtney Calvin had 14, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from suffering their second straight loss and their third district setback in five tries.

Lufkin started the game by putting 2 points on the board before the clock had even started as The Woodlands was called for a technical for dunking in pregame warmups. Thompson sank both free throws, sparking a game-opening 14-3 run that he also punctuated with a jumper and a driving basket.

However, things wouldn’t come that easy against the Highlanders as they put up 13 straight points in a run that took all of two minutes.

Wilbert did most of the damage for The Woodlands with 8 straight points in the run, and JaKorey Randle capped it off with a layup.

Lufkin’s JP Polk hit a jumper to close the quarter with the teams tied at 16-16.

The teams went back and forth through a tight second quarter before The Woodlands closed the half with a Tieperman 3-pointer and a Tommy Williams put-back for a 30-24 advantage.

It only took Lufkin two minutes to erase that deficit in the third quarter as JaCourtney Calvin made back-to-back shots in the paint, KeVonte Hurts sank a jumper and Thopson hit a shot to put the Pack back in the lead at 32-30.

Once again, The Woodlands had the answer with the next 6 points on a run capped by a Tieperman trey.

The Woodlands eventually led 44-40 after three quarters and 48-44 with seven minutes remaining.

That’s when the Highlanders used their 3-point range to put the game away, with Tieperman hitting a pair of 3s sandwiched around a long-range triple from Wilbert. That allowed The Woodlands to extend the lead from 4 to 13 points in a matter of 39 seconds.

From there, Lufkin could never threaten, although it eventually cut that margin to 7 in the final minute.

Other scorers for Lufkin were Natron Wortham (5), Darren Woodson, Polk and Hurts (4) and Torrance Agnew, Jerrin Thompson and Rylee Holt (2).

Other scorers for The Woodlands were KeSean Carter (11), Williams (9), Randle (3) and John Stubbs (2).

Lufkin (14-10, 2-3) will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts College Park.

Lady Panthers 58, The Woodlands 45 — Kurstyn Harden and Alexis Hood scored 19 points apiece as the Lufkin Lady Panthers got back on track with a 58-45 win over The Woodlands on the road Friday night.

The game marked the 100th career coaching win for Lufkin head coach Harold Scroggins.

Other scorers for Lufkin were Mycah McDonald (8), Je’Dayshia Runnels and Aniya Cottrell (4) and Destinee Holman (3).

Lufkin plays at College Park on Tuesday night.

Josh Havard’s email address is


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12-6A boys basketball: Lufkin 61, Montgomery 46. JaCourtney Calvin leads Lufkin with 22 points. Lufkin is 15-11 and 4-4 in district, in 3rd place.

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12-6A girls basketball: Lufkin 64, Montgomery 42, final. Mycah McDonald leads Lufkin with 31 points. Jones leads Montgomery with 19.

 Lufkin  is 25-5 and 7-2 in district finishing in t tie with Oak Ridge.

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Lady Pack ties for first in district with Oak Ridge. But because we lost the flip we will go into the play-off as the #2 seed. First round game will be against Tyler Lee.Monday February 12. 6 p.m. @ Cushing High School.


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Lufkin Boys beat Oak Ridge tonight at Panther Gym 60-46 on Senior Night.  Lufkin only has 3 senior players , so the future is bright.  They are 17-11 on the season and are now 5-4 in district play.  They secured their place in the playoffs as the 3rd place seed from District 12-6A.  Lufkin will finish their regular season next Tuesday as they travel down to THW.   The LDN needs to proof read better, they have had several typos mess ups lately.

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Girls lost in 1st round to Lee by 17 tonight, 52-35.

By JOSH HAVARD/The Lufkin News | Posted 

CUSHING — Even with a double-digit home loss to the Tyler Lee Lady Raiders during the regular season, a rejuvenated Lufkin Lady Panthers’ team entered Monday night’s Class 6A Region II BI-District playoff game with hopes of retribution.


Instead they got a heavy dose of Tyler Lee senior Ja’Kayla Brown and an unrelenting Lady Raiders’ defense. In the end, that combination allowed Tyler Lee to break open a tight game in the second half on the way to a convincing 52-35 decision.

Brown poured in 28 points, and Tyler Lee’s defense held Lufkin to four field goals in the last 15 minutes in bringing Lufkin’s season to an end in the first round for the second straight season.

Lufkin’s sensational senior Mycah McDonald led the way for the Lady Pack with 16 points, while Kurstyn Harden added 10.

However, the Lady Panthers had a hard time finding a third scoring option with the rest of the team combining for a total of 8 points.

Lufkin was unfazed by the big-game situation early on as it built a pair of early 4-point leads on a Harden putback and a McDonald steal and layup.

Tyler Lee answered with 7 straight points to take its first lead, with Bowie scoring 5 of those on a free throw and two layups, taking a 13-10 advantage.

Lufkin’s Alexis Hood closed the quarter with a 3 that knotted the game at 13-13.

The game went back and forth in the second quarter before Tyler Lee closed the frame with a Bowie putback and an Aaliyah Morgan free throw that gave it a 25-21 lead at halftime.

After a Lady Raiders’ free throw to start the third quarter, Lufkin’s McDonald hit a layup to bring the deficit down to 26-23.

That was as close as Lufkin got as Bowie had a 3 and a running shot that upped the margin to 35-23.

Lufkin momentarily halted that momentum with a McDonald 3 and Harden hook shot that made it 35-28.

The Lady Raiders then cranked up the defense in finally delivering the knockout blow.

Bowie hit a running jumper and Tyreesha Blaylock made a layup that started a 13-2 run and gave the Lady Raiders a 39-28 lead after 3 quarters.

That run was capped by three straight layups from Brown that made the score 48-29 and ended any hopes of a Lufkin comeback.

Other Lufkin scorers were Hood (5), Je’Dayshia Runnells (2) and Destinee Holman (1).

Lufkin finishes the season with a 26-7 overall record. The loss ended the careers of Lufkin seniors Deja Shepherd, Holman and McDonald.

Josh Havard’s email address is jhavard@lufkindailynews.com.

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The Lufkin boys lost tonight to the Woodlands by about 15 points 75-60 after being tied with THW going into the 4th quarter. The referees were very active  calling all kind of fouls on Lufkin in the 2nd half, even a technical. It's amazing how the officiating took over the game, no way those officials were going to let Lufkin win on that Court.

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