The Anna Coyotes tipped off their 2013 season with a rescheduled home game on Nov. 16 against Van Alstyne and then traveled to Emory Rains on the following Tuesday night.
"In both contests out effort was where it needs to be: to win games," Anna Coach Nick Sekeres said. "We have to do a better job fundamentally with some things, but the boys did a good job of correcting some of those mistakes that we saw on film after Van Alstyne. They were challenged to be more disciplined and not lose another game from the free throw line. They did a lot better in that regard and now we have to get back to fixing some things on the offensive end before our next three games before the holiday."
Anna will play host to Prairiland on Friday night and will have two games on Thanksgiving week – Monday at Leonard and Tuesday night at home versus Paris North Lamar.
Anna 31, Emory Rains 18
It was a low-scoring contest but the Coyotes were able to come away with the win as they traveled to Emory Rains on Tuesday night. Anna led 12-1 at the end of the first half and went on to take the game by 13 points.
Anna led 5-1 at the end of the first quarter, with freshman Keamoni Mattocks knocking down a trey. A three from Ben Ramos in the second quarter and a stiffling defense helped the Coyotes take an 11-point advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Emory closed the gap a bit in the fourth quarter but Anna was able to finish strong to come away with the double-digit win.
AN 5 7 6 13 — 31
ER 1 0 10 7 — 18
Anna: Keamoni Mattocks 11, Adriun Harrison 8, Jeff Muchai 5, Alex Scheidt 5, Ben Ramos 3, Dylan Duncan 1.
Van Alstyne 60, Anna 50
The Panthers showed their adaptability Saturday night in Anna, raining threes on the Coyotes in the first half and getting some timely points in the paint in the second to come home with 10-point victory.
Van Alstyne (2-0) sent in six three-pointers in the first half and finished with eight for the night.
Isaiah Bolen dropped in a pair of long-range bombs in the first quarter to get the scoring started. Bolen finished with 13 points in the contest, nine of those coming from beyond the arc.
Anna’s Adrian Harrison was matching the Panthers’ point production in the first quarter, dropping in three field goals off of drives in the paint. Harrison finished the game with 16 points, tied for the game high with Anna freshman Keamoni Mattocks.
Play was typically early-season ragged in the early going, and the Panthers were shooting free throws in the first quarter. Bolen dropped in both ends of a one-and-one to give Van Alstyne a 14-12 lead after the opening eight minutes.
After Blake Linnebur had made a pair from the charity stripe to open second quarter scoring, Bolen dropped in a corner three to keep the offense flowing. Jared McMakin was fouled as his three-ball connected and he add the and-one for a four point play. Harrison Awe hit from far enough out on the right side to get paid extra, then closed out the first-half scoring with another from beyond the arc to give Van Alstyne a 32-24 lead at the break.
The Panthers started their second half scoring with, what else, a three-ball from Jake Hillebrenner. After Colin McCaskill had scored from inside the paint, McMakin spotted Hillebrenner cutting down the lane and fed him for an easy deuce.
Anna was not going away as Harrison and others were keeping it close. After a three-ball by Bailey Thorpe, Harrison made back-to-back scoring trips down the lane to close the gap to just two.
A steal and a bucket by Bolen and two from the free-throw line by Zach Davis bumped the lead back to six at the end of three.
The Panther offense shut down early in the fourth, the only points coming on free throws by McCaskill, and Anna got the lead down to two.
With just over four minutes left, McCaskill put back an offensive rebound as he was fouled. The and-1 free throw gave the Panthers some breathing room as time ran down.
McCaskill scored again from inside the paint and the Panthers made five-of-six from the charity stripe to close out the 10-point win.
VA 14 18 16 12 — 60
Anna 12 12 18 8 — 50
VA: Isaiah Bolen 13, Colin McCaskill 11, Harrison Awe 8, Bailey Thorpe 7, Jared McMakin 7, Zach Davis 6, Jake Hillebrenner 5, Blake Linnebur 2, Noah Kirk 1; Anna: Adriun Harrison 16, Keamoni Mattocks 16, Ben Ramos 8, Jeff Muchai 4, Brennon White 4 and John Erwin 2