A dim start got a little brighter for the Melissa Cardinals basketball squad with the return of Jackson Webb this week. Webb has been nursing an injury since during the football season but was able to play in the Fairfield tournament, recording a game-high 25 points against Cayuga to lead Melissa to a win.

The Cardinals are set to play at Tyler Street Christian on Friday before taking a break for Christmas.

La Vega 64, Melissa 48

The Cardinals had three players in double digits with Sheldon Moore leading the flock with 15 points. Cory Regan and Will Gray each contributed 10 but it was not enough to top La Vega in the tourney opener.

Melissa stayed close in the first half, trailing by just two at halftime, but was held to 17 points in the final two periods as La Vega was able to win big.

Other Melissa scorers included: Connor Bazis (9) and Christian Cabil (4).

ME 11 20 9 8 — 48

LV 18 15 13 18 — 64

Melissa 53, Teague

Melissa won a close one in its second game of the tourney against Teague. Moore led the team with 13 points and Regan added 10 for the Cardinals as they took the game by the slimmest of margins, 53-52.

Melissa led by two after the first quarter but trailed by one at the half. The score was knotted up at 35-all at the end of the third quarter, but the Cardinals pulled it off late to get the win.

Other Melissa scorers included: John Gressett (9), Joe Ragon (9), Connor Bazis (7) and Nathan Razo (5).

ME 15 8 12 18 — 53

TE 13 11 11 17 — 52

Grapeland 70, Melissa 47

Despite the return of Jackson Webb, the Cardinals could not overcome a 23-9 first quarter and fell big to Grapeland. Regan led the team with 12 points while Webb was able to add eight in his season debut.

The Cardinal offense was better in the second quarter, and they cut the lead to 10 at halftime. But Grapeland’s offense was able to score 20 points in three of the four periods as it went on to win 70-47.

Other Melissa scorers included: Connor Bazis (7), Sheldon Moore (5), Joe Ragon (4), Tyler West (4), Will Gray (4), John Gressett (2) and Christian Cabil (1).

ME 9 16 12 10 — 47

GL 23 20 7 20 — 70

Melissa 65, Cayuga 37

Webb had a breakout performance, scoring a game-high 25 in the team’s win over Cayuga. It was the tourney finale and Melissa went out on a solid note.

The game was close early with Melissa taking a two-point advantage after the first quarter and leading by just four at the half. The Cardinals blew the doors wide open in the second half, however, with a 26-5 third quarter that gave them the lead for good.

Moore also had an outstanding game, scoring 21 points for Melissa.

Other Melissa scorers included: Tyler West (7), Will Gray (4), Cory Regan (2), John Gressett (2), Joe Ragon (2) and Connor Bazis (2).

ME 11 11 26 17 — 65

CA 9 9 5 14 — 37