Izaiah Kelley

Coronado forward Izaiah Kelley puts up a short shot from the lane vs. Caprock.

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Estacado showed Friday that there is no reason to write the Matadors off just yet this season.

Stung by rare back-to-back district losses, Estacado came out blazing against Lamesa and stormed to a 103-63 victory.

The Matadors (22-8, 3-2 District 3-4A) still have an uphill climb to the top of the district standings, but they served notice that they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Veterans Keke Murray and Matthew Simpson ignited the charge with 9 points each as Estacado raced to a 31-point opening salvo in the first quarter. Kiante Williams joined the party with 9 in the second quarter as the Mats thundered to a 60-35 halftime lead.

Simpson led six players in double digits with 22 points, while Murray notched 19 and drained 3 of Estacado’s 10 3-pointers. Dakiyre Linzsey chimed in with 17 and Williams finished with 15, anchored by a trio of treys.

The Matadors hit the road twice next week, heading to Levelland on Tuesday then Canyon on Friday. The Eagles lead the district race with a 4-1 mark.

ESTACADO 103, LAMESA 63

Lamesa      12    23    15    13    --     63

Estacado    31   29     24    18    --   103

Lamesa (63) -- Aguilar 3 1-1 8, Diaz 5 0-0 13, Davis 4 0-1 9, Guajardo 2 1-2 5, Rodriguez 1 0-0 3, Martinez 10 0-0 21, Zapata 1 2-2 4. Totals 26 4-6 63.

Estacado (103) -- Keke Murray 8 0-0 19, Isaiah Diaz 5 0-0 10, Dakiyre Linzsey 8 1-1 17, Kiante Williams 5 2-4 15, Alijah Willard 4 2-2 10, Matthew Simpson 8 4-5 22, Jedediah Wynne 0 0-0 0, Jaquan Williams 3 0-0 8, Delauren Gordon 1 0-2 2. Totals 42 9-14 103.

3-point goals -- Lamesa 7 (Diaz 3, Aguilar 1. Davis 1, Martinez 1); Estacado 10 (Murray 3, K. Williams 3, Simpson 2, J. Williams 2). Total fouls – Lamesa 10, Estacado 13. Records: Lamesa 11-18, 0-6 District 3-4A; Estacado 22-8, 3-2. Up next: Estacado at Levelland, 7:30 p.m.

Tigers shrug off slow start, power past Bronchos

ODESSA -- Bouncing back from a tough loss can take a while and Frenship proved as much in a road game at Odessa High.

After absorbing a second gut-wrenching loss in eight days vs. Tascosa on Tuesday, the Tigers fell into an early hole before surging to life on the way to a 78-58 triumph.

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Odessa scored the first 12 points of the game and no starter notched a point for Frenship (24-7, 4-3 District 2-6A) in the first period. Things changed dramatically in the second frame, with gritty junior Jeb Smallwood helping light the fuse. He scored 6 points, Jaystyn Garrett notched 7 and Jordan Palmer added 6 as the Tigers raced ahead 33-23 by halftime and never looked back.

Noble Robinson helped make sure Frenship stayed on the right track in the third quarter with 9 of his team-high 16 points. Palmer added 14 points, while Smallwood and Bryce Granado supplied 12 points apiece off the bench.

The Tigers go back on the road Tuesday when they face Midland High at 7:30 p.m.

FRENSHIP 78, ODESSA HIGH 58

Frenship (78) -- Devin Hartfield 1 1-2 3, Donovan Smith 1 3-3 5, Jastyn Garrett 2 3-5 8, Jordan Palmer 7 0-2 14, Noble Robinson 6 1-3 16, Bryce Granado 6 0-0 12, Jeb Smallwood 5 2-2 12, Lincoln Parrott 1 0-0 2, Tracy Godfrey 0 0-0 0, Solomon Pruitt 1 1-1 3, Drew Turnbow 2 0-0 4. Totals 32 11-18 78.

Odessa (58) -- Caleb Ramirez 1 0-0 3, Coco Rose 4 4-6 14, Jaylen McCown 1 0-0 3, Jaylen Felix 0 0-0 00, L.J. Willis 8 2-4 18, Christian Tijerina 2 0-0 4, Ayden Blair 0 3-4 3, Perry Gonzales 0 0-0 0, Efrain Orona 0 0-0 0, Chris Blair 3 4-6 13. Totals 19 14-20 58.

Frenship        7   26   23   22   --   78

Odessa         14    9   17   18   --   58

3-point goals -- Frenship 3 (Robinson 2, Garrett 1); Odessa 6 (Rose 2, C. Blair 2, Ramirez 1, McCowan 1). Total fouls -- Frenship 22, Odessa High 14. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- Palmer, Granado, Odessa coach Neal Welch. Records: Frenship 24-7, 4-3 District 2-6A; Odessa 12-19, 2-5. Up next: Frenship at Midland High, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mustangs stay hot, win their fourth game in last five

Coronado’s late-season resurgence may be too late to get the Mustangs to the playoffs, but that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the home stretch with a load of confidence.

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D’aequan Tillman helped Coronado get rolling with 9 first-quarter points and the Mustangs (11-15, 5-8 District 3-5A) used depth and balance the rest of the way to pull away.

Tillman led the way with 12 points and eight other players scored 4 points or more. Mason Petty’s two fourth-quarter 3-points gave him 11. while Andrew Stovall and Izaiah Kelley each notched 8.

A road game at Plainview is next for Coronado on Tuesday.

CORONADO 64, CAPROCK 45

Caprock        5     9    12   19   --   45

Coronado    11   13   24   16   --   64

Caprock (45) -- Jaden Chavez 2 0-0 4, Niyo Edimo 1 0-0 2, Chastan Barnes 5 4-6 14, Joe Elizondo 1 2-2 4, Marcus Barrientos 3 1-3 7, Yel Deeng 3 3-5 10, Kobi Hill 2 0-2 4. Totals 17 10-17 45.

Coronado (64) -- Aidan Alvarez 0 0-0 0, Javien Weatherly 0 0-0 0, Izaiah Kelley 3 2-2 8, Mason Petty 3 1-2 9, Nigel Brathwaite 1 0-0 3, D’aequan Tillman 5 0-0 12, Donovan Yacub 0 0-0 0, Kevon Evans 3 0-0 6, Payton Blankenship 0 0-0 0, Tre Griffin 2 3-4 7, Logan Luce 2 0-0 5, Andrew Stovall 3 2-3 8, T’andre Scott 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 8-11 64.

3-point goals -- Caprock 1 (Deeng); Coronado 6 (Tillman 2, Petty 2, Luce 1, Brathwaite 1). Total fouls – Caprock 11, Coronado 19. Fouled out – Elizondo. Records: Caprock 4-22, 2-12 District 3-5A; Coronado 11-15, 5-8. Up next: Coronado at Plainview, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.