Brook Hill claims first district win versus Grace, ranked eighth in latest TABC poll

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Brook Hill Guard 30, Van Vandals 68, FINAL

BH: 5 8 9 8 - 30

VHS: 14 15 20 19 - 68

The Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team was back in action recently, as the team resumed play in the annual Wagstaff Tournament, held Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 28-30, at Tyler Junior College.

In the second round of the TJC Wagstaff Tournament, the Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team was pitted against the Van Vandals.

The Vandals were able to sneak their way ahead of the Guard in the first quarter of play, scoring a total of 14 points, compared to the five points netted by Brook Hill.

In the second quarter, Brook Hill was unable to match the pace of Van’s offensive production, as the Vandals outscored the Guard, 15-8, allowing Van to take a 29-13 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.

After returning to the court for the second half of basketball action, the Vandals continued to scurry further away from the Guard on the scoreboard in the third quarter of play, as Van amassed a total of 20 points, while Brook Hill collected nine points.

In the fourth quarter, Van’s offensive abilities continued to flummox the Brook Hill defensive unit, as the Vandals outscored the Guard, 19-8, en route to Van claiming the win over Brook Hill, 68-30.

Leading the Guard’s efforts in the contest against the Vandals included junior guard Jared Johnson, scoring a total of 13 points in the game.

Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Van included freshman guard Carson Richards, with eight points, including two three-pointers; senior post Miguel Vega, with four points; senior guard Reid Hill, with three points; and senior forward Campbell Fletcher, with two points.

Brook Hill Guard 61, Arp Tigers 40, FINAL

BH: 6 15 18 22 - 61

AHS: 1 12 12 15 - 40

In the third round of the TJC Wagstaff Tournament, the Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team was matched up against the Arp Tigers.

The Guard offense started the contest off with a successful opportunity to capture the game’s flow of momentum early, netting a total of six points in the first quarter, compared to the Tigers’ one point of opening quarter offense.

In the second quarter, both Brook Hill and Arp’s offensive units came to life, as the Guard outscored the Tigers, 15-12. At the halftime break, the teams left the court and went into their respective locker rooms with Brook Hill holding a 21-13 lead over Arp.

After returning to the court for the contest’s second half, the Guard attacked the Tigers with every weapon in their offensive arsenal, amassing a total of 18 points, compared to Arp’s 12 points in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Brook Hill marched its way to the team’s highest-scoring quarter of the contest, as the Guard outscored the Tigers, 22-15, allowing Brook Hill to claim the win against Arp, 61-40.

Fletcher was the hot shot for the Guard in the battle against the Tigers, collecting a total of 15 points in the contest.

Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Arp included Vega, with nine points; sophomore forward David Roberts, with seven points; freshman forward TyJuan Cannon, with seven points; junior forward Conner Livesay, with seven points; Richards, with six points; Hill, with six points; including two three-pointers; and Johnson, with four points.

Brook Hill Guard 61, Big Sandy Wildcats 56, FINAL

BH: 17 21 9 14 - 61

BSHS: 15 11 12 18 - 56

After compiling a 1-2 record at the TJC Wagstaff Tournament, the Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team took to the road yet again, this time traveling to compete in a non-district contest against the Big Sandy Wildcats Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Big Sandy High School.

In the first quarter, both the Guard and the Wildcats began the contest with a strong offensive attack, with Brook Hill scoring a total of 17 points, compared to Big Sandy’s 15 points of opening quarter offense.

Brook Hill was able to create separation on the scoreboard against Big Sandy in the second quarter of play, as the Guard used its strong offensive game plan to attack the Wildcats, allowing Brook Hill to outscore Big Sandy, 21-11. At the halftime break, the Guard held a 38-26 lead over Big Sandy.

Once the two teams returned to the court to play the second half of the contest, the home team Big Sandy attempted to make their way back into the contest with a strong push in the third quarter of play, as the Wildcats scored 12 points, compared to the Guard’s nine points of offense.

In the fourth quarter, Brook Hill and Big Sandy traded offensive blows back-and-forth, as the Wildcats outscored the Guard, 18-14. Despite having the upper hand in the final frame, Big Sandy was unable to make up ground and overtake Brook Hill, as the Guard claimed the victory over the Wildcats, 61-56.

The Guard offensive attack against the Wildcats was led by Johnson, collecting a team-high 25 points in the contest.

Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Big Sandy included Hill, with 19 points, including five three-pointers; Roberts, with 10 points; Vega, with five points; and Fletcher, with two points.

Brook Hill Guard 73, Grace Community Cougars 64, FINAL

BH: 15 14 25 19 - 73

GC: 13 14 16 21 - 64

For the final game of the week, the Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team traveled the short distance to Tyler to open up District play against the Grace Community Cougars Friday, Jan. 5, at Grace Community School.

In the first quarter, both the Guard and Cougars began the contest with offensive intensity, as the teams battled to control the contest’s momentum early on. Brook Hill was able to take an early advantage on the scoreboard, collecting a total of 15 points, while the Cougars netted 13 points.

Brook Hill and Grace Community continued to slug it out in the second quarter of play, as both teams’ offensive units traded shot for shot, each collecting 14 points. At the halftime break, the Guard took a slim 29-27 lead against the Cougars into the locker room.

Once both teams returned for the second half of the contest, the Guard broke out all of its offensive weapons and attacked the Cougars’ defensive unit in the third quarter of play, as Brook Hill scored a total of 25 points, compared to Grace Community’s 16 points.

In the fourth quarter, the Cougars attempted to make their way back into contention against the Guard, as Grace Community outscored Brook Hill, 21-19. However, the Cougars’ late offensive run was too-little-too-late, as Brook Hill claimed the victory over Grace Community, 73-64.

Helping to lead Brook Hill to the district victory against Grace Community was the duo of Johnson and Roberts, both contributing 15 points each to the team’s efforts.

Other significant contributors for the Guard against the Cougars included Vega, with 14 points; Richards, with 14 points; Livesay, with nine points; Fletcher, with four points; and Cannon, with two points.

Currently, the Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team holds an overall record of 14-7, 1-0 in district play. The team was ranked eighth in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 5A Large Private School rankings, released on Monday, Jan. 8.

Next week: Tuesday, Jan. 9 – Brook Hill at Douglass; Friday, Jan. 12 – Bishop T.K. Gorman at Brook Hill.

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