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Lutheran High North's Dalanna Carter, holding ball, sizes up a defender during a game against the Village School on Jan. 9, 2021. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

It’s been a rocky road this basketball season for the Lutheran High North Lady Lions on the heels of last year’s TAPPS 3A state championship, but they have been on a roll of late and look to be finding their groove down the season’s home stretch.

The Lady Lions have won five of their last six games following a pair of blowout victories last week. LHN (12-8, 4-2 district) beat Bryan Brazos Christian 87-45 on Jan. 18, then defeated Alpha Omega 84-19 last Friday.

Dalanna Carter poured in a season-high 44 points to go along with nine rebounds and six steals against Brazos Christian, while Jade Miller added 26 points. Miller followed up that performance with a season-high 31 points against Alpha Omega, and Kiara Williams had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Miller has scored at least 25 points in three consecutive games.

LHN, which still holds the top spot in the latest TAPPS 3A rankings compiled by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, looks to extend its winning streak to five games when its square off with Beaumont Legacy Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Other girls action

In other private school play, the St. Pius X Lady Panthers have won three consecutive games after a pair of big victories last week. The Lady Panthers (17-8, 4-2), ninth in the TAPPS 6A rankings by the TABC, defeated Incarnate Word Academy 76-59 on Jan. 19 before beating Katy St. John XXIII 77-21 on Friday.

Zachara Perkins had 36 points and 27 rebounds against Incarnate Word Academy, then followed it up with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots against St. John XXIII. Farren Donald-Wright had 17 points and six steals against St. John XXIII, while Breelyn Sanborn added 15 points.

On the public school side, Janaiya Johnson powered the Heights Lady Bulldogs to a 52-45 win over Westside on Friday that moved them to 4-3 in District 18-6A. She had 22 points and seven rebounds, while Tatianna Brown had her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jazmyne Gilbert added 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Booker T. Washington’s Lady Eagles are winners of five straight games after getting credit for three wins last week. They won via forfeit against Yates on Jan. 20 and Scarborough on Saturday, sandwiched around a 72-7 win over Furr on Friday. Dakiyah Yates paced the Lady Eagles (11-12, 8-1) with 25 points and eight steals against Furr, while Kemya Reece had 20 points.

Scarborough is 0-8 with the forfeit, while the Waltrip Lady Rams are 4-10 following losses to Northside, Madison and Sterling last week.

Boys

The St. Thomas Eagles are 7-9 following a 76-42 win over the Village School on Jan. 18. Shaffer Henderson had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles, while Jake Pike had 20 points to go along with nine rebounds and three steals.

Lutheran High North is 18-3 overall and 5-1 in TAPPS district play following a pair of big wins last week. The Lions beat Brazos Christian 64-32 on Jan. 18, then defeated Alpa Omega Academy 90-59 last Friday to win their fourth consecutive game.

St. Pius X is 5-9 overall following a 59-48 loss to the Village School on Friday.

On the public school side, Kenneth Lewis poured in a career-high 52 points to pace the Booker T. Washington Eagles (19-4, 10-0 District 23-4A) in their 108-39 win over Kashmere on Friday. Chris McDermott posted his second triple-double of the season with 15 points, 25 rebounds and 13 assists, while Davion Smith added a season-high 15 points. Lewis also scored 26 points in a 102-17 victory over Scarborough on Jan. 20, while freshman Broderick Malone had 25 points. Jordan Carter also added 11 points and 11 steals.

Scarborough is 0-13 after the loss to Washington, while the Heights Bulldogs fell to 11-12 overall and 2-2 in District 18-6A following a 42-33 loss to Westbury last Thursday.

Waltrip dropped to 5-12 on the season and 2-4 in District 23-5A with a loss to 61-51 loss to Wisdom on Jan. 20.

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