Center Roughrider’s Gymnasium. January 6, 2018 –
The Center Lady Roughriders Varsity Basketball Team suffered a narrow 2-point loss to the visiting Carthage Lady Bulldogs, by a narrow 55-53 score, at Center High School. The game was each school’s first District 16 Class 4A-II game of the season.
The Lady ‘Riders started slowly and trailed 13-21 at the end of the first quarter. Five points each by Lady Roughriders, Taylor Nichols and Kalei Larock, in the second period helped Center pull to within 2 points of Carthage at the halftime intermission. The Lady Bulldogs led 30-28 going into the third quarter.
Lady ‘Riders senior point guard Taylor Nichols helped Center keep within striking distance by sinking two three pointers and scoring eight points during the third stanza. Center trailed Carthage 44-40 going into the final period.
Center outscored Carthage 13-11 in the final frame but Lady Bulldog Jada McLin’s six points, in the final quarter, proved to be enough to help the Lady Bulldogs hold on to their narrow 2-point lead till game’s end. McLin led Carthage with 19 points for the night.
Center was led by Taylor Nichols with 16 points, Kalei Larock and Jakayla Weathered each had nine points, Makenzie Mireles 7, Jasmine Cooks 5, Shanyah Williams 4, and Jada Hicks scored 4 points.
The Lady Roughriders will next face the Rusk Lady Eagles at Rusk High School at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2018.