An up-and-down pre-district schedule wrapped up for Melissa on Jan. 7 as the Cardinals fell to a tough Paris team, 74-45, and finished their final week before district play 1-2. Melissa notoriously plays a tough pre-district schedule to prepare itself for district play and, historically, the playoffs. This year, however, the Cardinals have struggled more than they were anticipated to as the squad has dealt with lingering injuries.
None of that matters now as they start from a clean slate beginning Friday when they play host to Bonham in their district opener. The Cards will then play district-favorite Princeton on the road on Tuesday.
Paris 74, Melissa 45
Melissa had its hands full on Tuesday night against a tough Paris team. Despite staying close early, the Cats were able to score 44 points in the middle two quarters and come away with a big win over the Cardinals.
In the opening quarter Melissa played the Cats tough but fell behind. Paris opened up the game in the second, allowing the Cardinals to score just four points in the period while pouring in 22 to take a commanding double-digit advantage into the locker room at the half.
Melissa’s offense had a better showing in the third, scoring 14, and then had its best performance in the final eight minutes. However, it was not enough to erase the existing deficit or slow down Paris, which went on to win by 29 points.
Paris had three players in double figures led by Roy’D Jones’ 18 points.
Sheldon Moore was the leading scorer for Melissa, finishing the game with 12. Tyler West was a big contributor with eight points, and Cory Ragan had seven in the game.
Other Melissa scorers included Nathan Razo (6), Joseph Regan (6), Will Gray (3) and John Gresset (3).
P 14 22 20 18 — 74
M 10 4 14 17 — 45
Melissa 61, Springtown 55
They had to rally late, but the Cardinals were able to top Springtown in overtime. They trailed by eight at the end of the first quarter and found themselves down 32-20 at halftime.
Going into the final quarter, Melissa still trailed by double-digits but was able to put together a 21-10 run to knot the score at 50-all by the end of regulation. The momentum continued in the overtime period for the Cardinals, who were able to finish the rally with a six-point victory.
M 7 13 9 21 11 — 61
S 15 17 8 10 5 — 55
Sanger 44, Melissa 42
On Jan. 2, the Cardinals played host to Sanger and led through most of the game but saw their lead slip away in the final period as Sanger rallied to win 44-42.
The game started off slow with both teams sluggish from the field in the first quarter. Sanger finished the opening period with a 9-7 advantage.
Melissa came alive in the second, scoring 16 points to take the lead and a six-point advantage into the locker room at the end of the first half. The Cardinals were able to extend that lead to eight in the third quarter and looked poised to come away with the win.
Sanger’s game plan clicked in the fourth, however, as the Indians finished the game with a 16-6 run that gave them the advantage at the end of regulation.
Will Gray led Melissa with 12 points in the game, while Sheldon Moore was also in double digits, finishing with 11 points.
Other Melissa scorers included Connor Bazis (4), Joseph Ragan (4), Karson Munson (3), Nathan Razo (3), Cory Regan (3) and Zach Padron (2).
S 9 8 11 16 — 44
M 7 16 13 6 — 42
12-3A Boys Basketball District Standings
Anna 0 0
Bonham 0 0
Community 0 0
Melissa 0 0
Princeton 0 0
Bonham at Melissa
Princeton at Anna
BYE - Community