Tenaha High School, Saturday, December 28, 2019 –
Saturday will see local and other Texas high school basketball teams competing in final round action at Tenaha’s Basketball Tournament. Forty Texas high school basketball teams are competing in the Eleventh Annual Tenaha Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament which started on Thursday and runs through Saturday Night, December 28, 2019.
On Friday evening The Tenaha Tigers Boys Varsity fell to the Little River Academy Bumblebees by a 70-59 final score. Tenaha was on top early and led 19-10 at the end of the first period. The Bee’s bounced back and cut the THS lead to a single point by the halftime intermission where the Tigers led 32-31. Academy took a 10-point lead at 52-42 over Tenaha going into the final quarter. The 11-point win sends Academy into the final. On Saturday night they will square off with the Shelbyville Dragons at the THS Special Events Center at 8 p.m. for the final game of the 3-day tournament.
The Shelbyville Dragons made it to the finals by beating the Tatum Eagles 88-81 in overtime. The Dragons led 19-15 after one quarter and appeared to be taking control when they led 44-31 at halftime. Tatum never quit and chipped away at the SHS lead. The Dragons lead was cut to five points by the end of the third stanza and the Dragons took a 63-58 lead into the final frame. Tatum outscored SHS 19-14 points in the final period to tie things up in the fourth quarter at 77-77. The overtime period saw the Dragons outpace Tatum by a 11-2 margin to take the win. Tatum will now face off with Tenaha at 6:30 p.m. for the third-place game at Tenaha’s SEC.
Two of Shelby County’s local high school girl’s teams Tenaha and Timpson lost their semifinal round games. They will face off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the Tenaha SEC for the third-place trophy game. The Tenaha Lady Tigers fell to the Edgewood Lady Bulldogs by a 49-19 score. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-0 point lead early, and a commanding 16-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. They never looked back or trailed.
The Timpson Lady Bears had a similar fate as they trailed the Martin’s Mill Lady Mustangs 18-4 after one quarter of play. By halftime the MMHS lead grew to 30-10. The game saw the Lady Mustangs win 51-31 and head to the tournament final with Edgewood on Saturday at 5 p.m. this afternoon at the Tenaha SEC.
The Tenaha Lady Tigers and Timpson Lady Bears will face off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for the girl’s third-place trophy game.