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The St. Pius X High School girls basketball team had been in a bit of a funk for the last month, losing six out of nine games entering play last week. But the Lady Panthers are hoping a big district win can get them headed in the right direction.

SPX enjoyed a 77-22 rout of Beaumont Kelly Catholic last Saturday, Jan. 15, improving to 15-8 overall and 2-2 in TAPPS district play.

Zachara Perkins had a triple-double – her first of the season – with 26 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Lady Panthers, and Farren Donald-Wright had a season-high 20 points to help them snap a two-game losing streak. Perkins has scored at least 20 points in 17 of the Lady Panthers' 23 games this season while grabbing double-digit rebounds in every contest.

The Lady Panthers were shooting for a second consecutive win Wednesday against Houston Incarnate Word Academy.

Other girls action

Booker T. Washington’s Lady Eagles have been on a nice run to start District 23-4A play that has them near the top of the standings, and their three biggest stars helped them continue the trend last weekend.

The Lady Eagles won their third consecutive district contest with a 78-45 victory over Wheatley last Saturday, Jan. 15 at Delmar Coliseum. The win moved Washington to 8-12 overall and 5-1 in 23-4A, which has them in second place behind Kashmere.

Senior forward Dakiah Yates paced Washington with a season-high 30 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals. Kemya Reece was a force all around with 25 points, 12 steals and seven assists, while Kourtni Collier added 19 points, nine rebounds and eight blocked shots.

The Lady Eagles were scheduled to be back in action Thursday night against Yates.

The Heights Lady Bulldogs dropped to 4-7 overall and 3-3 in District 18-6A with a 54-43 loss to Bellaire despite the best efforts of Jazmyne Gilbert and Tatianna Brown. Gilbert paced Heights with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Brown tied her season high with 21 rebounds to go along with five steals and four blocked shots.

On the private school side, Lutheran High North (10-8) was idle last week and scheduled to return to action Tuesday night against Brazos Christian.

Boys

Chris McDermott and Kenneth Lewis shined once again for the Booker T. Washington Eagles, who improved to 17-4 overall and 8-0 in District 23-4A with a 105-79 victory Jan. 15 over Wheatley. McDermott poured in a game-high 37 points along with 25 rebounds – his fifth game this season with at least 20 rebounds – while Lewis had a double-double of his own with 30 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Freshman Sam Johnson also had a solid game with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Waltrip improved to 5-11 with a 66-48 win over Sharpstown on Jan. 14, while Scarborouogh is 0-12 following an 85-13 loss to Furr on Jan. 14.

On the private school side, the St. Thomas Eagles dropped to 6-9 on the season with a district-opening 78-53 loss to Concordia Lutheran on Jan. 14, despite a strong performance from Ty Beston. The junior guard had 16 points and six rebounds along with four steals for the Eagles, who were scheduled to play The Village School on Tuesday night.

Lutheran High North is 16-3 overall and 3-1 in district competiton following a 70-58 win over Conroe Covenant Christian on Jan. 11.

St. Pius X improved to 5-8 by splitting a pair of games last week. The Panthers dropped a 49-46 decision to Christian Homeschool Academy on Jan. 11 before beating Beaumont Kelly Catholic 68-67 in double overtime on Jan. 14.

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