Braxton McCoy scored 21 points, Cam Caldwell added 15 and Dawson Gates finished with 10 to lead the Aledo Bearcats to a convincing 61-40 victory over Joshua Tuesday night in a District 8-5A basketball game at Joshua.
The win - Aledo's second in a row - raises the Bearcats' district mark to 3-5.
The Bearcats led 11-9 after the opening quarter and built a 25-16 lead at the half. Aledo scored 24 points in the fourth period to put the game away.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were Dakota Fischer with seven points and Bryson Power with five.
Joshua 46, Ladycats 43
Joshua came back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 46-43 win over the Aledo Ladycats in a District 8-5A hoops contest Tuesday night at Joshua.
Aledo senior quarterback Luke Bishop scampers into the secondary during the state championship game. Bishop and six other Bearcats were selected to the Class 5A Padilla Poll Coaches all-state team.
Seven Aledo Bearcats from the 2014 state championship team earned all-state honors on the Class 5A Padilla Poll Coaches all-state team.
Also, head coach Steve Wood was named Padilla Poll Coaches Coach of the Year.
Six Bearcats - offensive lineman Hunter Harris, quarterback Luke Bishop, receiver Ryan Newsome, freshman defensive lineman James Williams, linebacker Garrett Uhl and defensive back Johnathan Durham - each earned first-team honors.
Aledo defensive back Patrick Peek earned second-team honors.
Both Aledo High School basketball teams defeated Cleburne in District 8-5A games played Friday night at Cleburne.
The Ladycats moved to 6-3 and in a tie for second place in 8-5A after a 46-39 victory over Cleburne (6-3). Kara Williams led the Ladycats with a career-high 21 points, including nine points in the second quarter to lead a 14-4 run.
The Aledo ladies trailed by four points as the game entered the fourth quarter, but the Ladycats went on a 15-4 run in the final stanza to seal the win.
The Ladycats dominated the boards as two players had more than 10 rebounds. Rhylie Makawe pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds with Rebekah Hissam grabbing 11 boards.
Aledo senior wide receiver Ryan Newsome is flanked by family as he put on a cap to indicate he would play football the next four years at UCLA. Newsome made the announcement this afternoon at the Aledo High School auditorium in front of family, friends and media.
Aledo senior receiver Ryan Newsome has decided to play football next year at the University of California at Los Angeles, he announced this afternoon at the Aledo High School auditorium.
"For the next four years of my collegiate football career, I will be attending ..." Newsome paused for about a minute as he collected himself before saying, "...the University of California at Los Angeles."
"Six Times Champions" a specialty publication of The Community News, is currently available on newsstands throughout Aledo and East Parker County.
The publication, which is inserted in the Jan. 23 issue of The Community News, takes a special look back at the Aledo Bearcats 2014 state-championship football season.
The publication offers not only a game-by-game look back at the special season, but also includes features on the players and coaches responsible for putting together the memorable season.
Subscribers will also receive the publication inside their newspaper that is delivered in today's mail.
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Ladycats senior guard Treva Davis drives hard to the basket Tuesday night during the Ladycats 42-39 win over Granbury at the AHS gym.
Trailing by 14 points in the second quarter, the Aledo Ladycats scored 26 second-half points while holding Granbury to 15 as the Ladycats came back to take a 42-39 victory Tuesday night in a District 8-5A game at the AHS gym.
The win raises the Ladycats' district mark to 5-3, while Granbury falls to 2-6.
The Bearcats fell behind early and trailed by 16 after three periods before scoring 26 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Granbury hung on for a 56-51 win.
Aledo senior guard Braxton McCoy pushes the ball up court during a recent game. The Bearcats will host Granbury at 6:30 p.m. at the AHS gym in a District 8-5A contest. The Ladycats will take on the Lady Pirates following the boys' game at 8 p.m.
Continuing District 8-5A basketball play, the Aledo Bearcats and Ladycats will host Granbury today at the Aledo High School gym.
The Bearcats and Pirates will tip off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Ladycats/Lady Pirates contest at approximately 8 p.m.
The Bearcats will bring a 1-4 district mark into the contest while the Pirates stand at 3-2 in league play.
Down 1-0 at the half, Aledo scored a pair of second-half goals and goalkeeper Makenzie Covington turned back a late Fort Worth Arlington Heights charge as the Ladycats held off the Lady Jackets, 2-1, in the girls' championship match of the Moritz Kia Tournament of Champions Saturday night at Bearcat Stadium.
After the match, Ladycats senior defender Danielle Trought was selected as the tournament MVP.
Heights took a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 28:42 mark of the opening half that stood for the reminder of the half.
But with 26:05 left to play, Kristen Burns scored from point-blank range on a rebound to tie the match at 1-1.
The play began with a corner kick from Kaitlin Detherage.
Paced by a 21-point fourth quarter, Burleson stopped Aledo's 3-game district winning streak as the Lady Elks held off the Ladycats, 46-34, Friday night in a District 8-5A game at Burleson High School.
The loss - at the halfway point of girls' district play - drops the Ladycats to 4-3, while the win raises the Lady Elks' league mark to 5-2.
Rhylie Makawe led the Ladycats with 16 points and eight rebounds, with Kara Williams adding eight points.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were Hannah Haeussler with six points, and Rebekah Hissam and Cameron Huddleston, each with two.
Burleson 48, Bearcats 41
Aledo forward Peyton Laughley fires a shot for the first goal of the Ladycats' 5-1 victory over South Hills Friday afternoon during the girls' semifinals of the Moritz Kia Tournament of Champions at Bearcat Stadium. The Ladycats will play for the tournament championship at 6 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 17) at Bearcat Stadium.
Aledo forward Peyton Laughley set the pace with an early score and AHS added four more goals as the Ladycats ran past Fort Worth South Hills, 5-1, Friday afternoon in the girls' semifinals of the Moritz Kia Tournament of Champions at Bearcat Stadium.
The win puts the Ladycats in the girls' championship match which will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 17) at Bearcat Stadium.