Anna’s boys basketball squad won its season opener, 51-44, over Oak Cliff’s Faith Family Academy (0-2) on Nov. 18 at Anna High School. It was Anna head coach Kyle Phifer’s first game at the Coyotes’ helm.


Senior Elijah Smith’s 19 points led Anna, followed by senior Keamoni Mattocks with 13.


Anna led at halftime, 29-23, after outscoring the Eagles, 20-11, in the second quarter.


Faith Family is a charter school competing now in Dallas-centered District 10-4A, having moving up from Class 3A. The Eagles opened the season as the No. 7- ranked Class 4A team in Texas, according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.