Abilene Cooper upends Lubbock High in 4-5A basketball opener; LHS girls beat Lady Coogs

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LUBBOCK - Jaelyn Rivera scored a game-high 28 points to guide defending district champion Cooper past Lubbock High 63-51 in the District 4-5A boys basketball opener for both teams Friday.

Jalen Cherry added 16 points, and Colin Reed had 10 for the Cougars (14-7 overall), who won their fourth consecutive game and seventh in eight games.

Braeden Gibbs led Lubbock High (11-12) with 17 points, while Chris Morales and Nate Garcia followed with 15 and 13, respectively.

The Coogs, who led 30-27 at halftime, broke open the game by outscoring the Westerners 19-8 in the third quarter. Cherry hit two of his four 3-point goals in the period and had eight points, while Reed hit a trey and had five points in the quarter.

Rivera, who had six points in the third quarter, scored eight points in the final frame to help the Coogs pull out the victory.

Cooper plays Lubbock Coronado (12-11, 0-1) on Tuesday in a district game. Lubbock Monterey beat the Mustangs 62-50 on Friday at Monterey.

DISTRICT 4-5A

Cooper 63, Lubbock High 51

Cooper … 14 … 16 … 19 … 14 – 63

Lubbock … 11 … 16 … 8 … 16 – 51

COOPER (14-7, 1-0) – Andrew Gonzalez 1 0-0 2, Colin Reed 4 0-0 10, Jordan Willis 1 1-3 3, Jaelyn Rivera 12 4-5 28, Kameron Gray 2 0-0 4, Tristen Rau 0 0-0 0, Jalen Cherry 5 2-2 16. Totals 25 7-10 63.

LUBBOCK HIGH (11-12, 0-1) – Cole Stephens 2 0-0 4, Braeden Gibbs 4 8-9 17, Nate Garcia 5 0-0 13, Liam Earthman 1 0-0 2, Chris Morales 6 1-2 15, Chris Vasquez 0 0-0 0, Christian Cantu 0 0-0 0, Seric Ross 0 0-0 0, Sidd Bhatka 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-11 51.

3-Point Goals – Cooper 6 (Reed 2, Cherry 4), Lubbock 6 (Gibbs, Garcia 3, Morales 2). Total Fouls – Cooper 14, Lubbock 14. Fouled Out – Cooper: Cherry; Lubbock: Morales. Technical Fouls – None.

Lady Westerners corral Lady Coogs

At Lubbock, Mecailin Marshall scored a game-high 22 points to spark Lubbock High past Cooper 54-32 in a District 4-5A game.

Izzy Palmer added 14 points as the Lady Westerners (18-8, 2-1) bounced back from a 52-36 loss to No. 8 Lubbock-Cooper to win their fourth game in five outings.

Karrigan Parrott led Cooper (13-12, 0-3) with nine points – all in the first half. Kyla Speights followed with seven.

Marshall scored 14 points in a second quarter that saw Lubbock High outscore the Lady Cougars 23-5 to break open the game and lead 32-20 at halftime. She hit three of her five 3-point goals in the quarter.

Cooper plays Lubbock Coronado (15-10, 1-2) on Tuesday in a district game at Cougar Gym. Lubbock Monterey beat the Lady Mustangs 75-54 on Friday as Aaliyah Chavez scored a school-record 50 points.

Monterey and Lubbock-Cooper, a 54-33 winner over Wylie, are both 3-0 in district and play Tuesday in Woodrow.

DISTRICT 4-5A

Lubbock High 54, Cooper 32

Cooper … 15 … 5 … 5 … 7 – 32

Lubbock … 9 … 23 … 7 … 14 – 54

COOPER (13-12, 0-3) – Jazlyn Hatcher 2 1-4 5, Alliyah Ralston 2 0-0 2, Ashlynn French 1 0-0 2, Asijha Cherry 1 0-2 2, Karrigan Parrott 3 0-0 9, Kyla Speights 2 2-4 7, Marissa Chavez 1 0-2 2, J’Lee Sloan 1 1-2 3. Totals 12 4-14 32.

LUBBOCK HIGH (18-8, 2-1) – Izzy Palmer 2 10-12 14, Mecailin Marshall 8 1-1 22, Janessa Hawkins 0 0-0 0, Ciara Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Garza 1 1-2 3, Faith Ford 3 3-4 9, Eowyn Shires 2 0-0 4, Rianna Canano 0 0-2 0, Trinity Gentry 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 15-21 54.

3-Point Goals – Cooper 4 (Parrott 3, Speights), Lubbock 5 (Marshall 5). Total Fouls – Cooper 16, Lubbock 18. Fouled Out – Cooper: Parrott; Lubbock: None. Technical Fouls – None.

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