The season has tipped off for many of the area’s high school basketball teams, and early returns are good for several local squads.
Head coach Kerrick Arrington and the Heights Lady Bulldogs have followed up their first trip to the regional tournament last season with a strong start to the 2020-21 campaign. The Lady Bulldogs are 3-1 despite Tuesday’s 59-46 loss to Langham Creek, with seniors Gracelynn Alvarez and Tierra Simon leading the charge.
Alvarez is averaging nearly 14 points per game in the early going, while Simon is averaging almost 14 rebounds through four contests.
In private-school action, the Lutheran High North Lady Lions and St. Pius X Lady Panthers are looking strong in the early going. LHN (2-1) has bounced back from a season-opening loss to Concordia Lutheran with a 79-73, overtime victory over Aggieland Homeschool and an 80-19 win over St. John XXIII. St. Pius X cruised in an 86-40 win against Kashmere.
Sophomore guard Dalanna Carter poured in 49 points in just her second game for the Lady Lions, while Kinsie Kim added 17 points. Carter scored 32 in the win over St. John XXIII.
It was a three-person show for St. Pius X in its win, with Breelyn Sanborn leading the way with 29 points. Farren Donald-Wright also added a career-high 28 points, while freshman Zachara Perkins had a double-double in her high school debut, scoring 20 points and snaring 10 rebounds.
The Waltrip Lady Rams are scheduled to tip off their season Dec. 1 against Northside, while the Scarborough Lady Spartans are set for a Dec. 12 tipoff. Booker T. Washington has lost its first two games.
On the boys’ side, Washington evened its record at 1-1 on the season with an 82-51 victory over Scarborough, which is 0-1.
St. Pius X is also 1-1, bouncing back from a 74-36 loss in its season opener against Premiere Learning Academy with a 43-41 win over the Chrisitan Homeschool Crimson Knights.
Waltrip is coming off a 55-50 loss to Westside last Saturday, Nov. 14.
Lutheran High North will open its season Nov. 30 against the Crimson Knights, while Heights is slated for a Nov. 28 tip against Washington.