Melissa got off to a fast start and the Coyotes were never able to recover when the two boys teams took the court on Friday. The Cardinals were coming off a big, emotional win in Princeton and their momentum spilled over into the contest with a 19-5 first quarter that led them to the 69-46 win over Anna.

The teams are still in the first half of district play, but Melissa is already surprising critics who thought that the loss of Jackson Webb and Marcus Ellis would keep them from dominating 12-3A. Melissa is undefeated through its first three games of the season, and Princeton, the team what many predicted to win the district title, is sitting at 1-2 with losses to Bonham and Melissa.

The Coyotes are off to a slow start, falling in their first three games of district play but hope to turn it around with a win against Bonham on Friday night. Melissa will take on Community in the Bird Cage on Friday.

Melissa 69, Anna 46

The Cardinals used a huge first quarter push to help lead them to a big win over local rival Anna on Friday night.

Connor Bazis hit a shot midway through the first quarter that gave Melissa a 9-1 advantage. Keamoni Mattocks knocked down a shot to bring the Coyotes within six but Melissa was able to close out the opening period with a 10-2 run to take early control of the game.

Melissa had four players finish the game in double figures, with Bazis leading the team with 19 points. Will Gray and Tyler West each had 12 points and Sheldon Moore finished the game with 11.

Anna’s Adriun Harrison had 26 points in the game to lead all scorers but he got little help from the rest of the pack with Alex Scheidt scoring six and Elijah Smith finishing the game with five.

Anna scored the first four points of the second quarter after a 3-pointer from Smith, but their rally was short and Melissa’s response came quickly as the two teams put together their best performances of the game. A combined 41 points in the period was culminated with a buzzer-beating, turn around three pointer from Moore that electrified the home crowd and gave the Cardinals a 19-point advantage at halftime.

The offensive onslaught slowed in the third quarter for both teams, allowing Melissa to maintain its lead. In the fourth quarter the teams battled back and forth with Anna unable to gain any ground as it took the 23-point loss.

Other Melissa scorers included: Karson Munson (6), Nathan Razo (3), Cory Regan (3) and Ryan Ragon (2). Other Anna scorers included: Dylan Duncan (2), Keamoni Mattocks (2), Jeff Muchai (2), Ben Ramos (2) and Brennan White (1).

A 5 18 8 15 — 46

M 19 23 9 18 — 69