Mineola girls grab share of district lead with win


Mineola’s pressure defense and full court press was too much for Quitman to handle last Tuesday night at Ballard Memorial Gym. Lamar University signee Sabria Dean led the Lady Jackets to a 69-29 win.

The loss ended Quitman’s season 4-8 in District 12-3A. Mineola ended district season at 11-1 and won a playoff game over Edgewood to take the top seed in the state playoffs.

Dean got the Lady Jackets going in the first half. All she did was score 25 of her 30 points by intermission. Dean also played a key role in the Lady Jacket defense with numerous steals. She set up several Mineola scores with pinpoint and sometimes no-look passes for assists.

Mineola led 17-2 after the first period and had an insurmountable 41-8 lead at intermission. Mineola came out even stronger to start the third quarter going on an 18-7 run to make it 59-15 going into the final quarter.

The Yellowackets, under the leadership of Quitman graduate Brad Gibson, pulled off the press and emptied the bench in the fourth quarter. Quitman had its best quarter in the last eight minutes, scoring 14 points compared to nine points for Mineola, leaving the final tally 69-29.

Dean’s 30 points led Mineola. Cyndi Butler added 12 and Meghan Brewington had 11. Those three players hit on seven of the 10 three-point shots the Lady Jackets took in the contest. Tahjae Black scored six points, with Jaiden Gardner four and Mylee Fischer three.

Maddy Whitehurst had 11 points for Quitman while Ava Burrows added nine, Julia Simpkins four, Shelby Hayes three and Madison Pence two.