Melissa averaged 78 points a game over the past week in two games as it routed Sanger in the pre-district finale and Community in the district opener on Jan. 7.

The Lady Cardinals will play host to Bonham on Friday. The Lady Warriors are currently 0-2 in district play after falling to Anna and will play in Princeton on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers crushed Bonham 66-36 in their district opener on Friday.

Melissa 81, Community 38

If the Lady Cardinals were trying to send a message to District 12-3A on Tuesday night they put the exclamation mark at the end with an 81-38 thrashing of Community in their district opener in Nevada.

Melissa led 21-5 at the end of the opening quarter and cruised to the win from there as the district favorites started off their district schedule the same way they did a year ago – with a huge win.

After going up double digits in the first, Community was able to stay close in the second quarter against the second string Lady Cardinals. Melissa, however, was still able to outscore the Lady Braves and take a 38-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The third quarter looked a lot like the first with Melissa extending its lead by 16 points and then topping it off with a 20-11 fourth quarter as they finished with a 43-point blowout win to start district a commanding 1-0.

Whitney Taylor led the team with 29 points and Katie Webb added 17. Keonni Conkle rounded off the effort with 14 points and Melissa was unstoppable.

Other Melissa scorers included Gill Gray (7), Cat Whitten (6), Megan Conlin (3), Bailey Ifft (3) and Krista Butterfield (2.)

M 21 17 23 20 — 81

C 5 15 7 11 — 38

Melissa 75, Sanger 49

On Jan. 2, the Lady Cardinals played host to Sanger, built an early lead and then coasted to a blowout victory. Happy New Year.

Midway through the opening quarter, Melissa led 8-1. The Lady Cards went up 18-5 a few minutes later when Taylor was able to pull down a rebound and land the put-back. At the end of the first quarter Melissa led 18-7.

Taylor hit another bucket to give the Lady Cardinals a 21-9 edge early in the second. Cat Whitten recorded a steal and an assist to Conkle, and Megan Conlin knocked in a field goal to put Melissa ahead 34-1 midway through the second quarter, forcing Sanger to call a time out.

With most of the Lady Cardinals first string on the bench the Lady Indians were able to put together a 14-6 run to close out the first half but never closed the gap to single digits.

Katie Webb helped Melissa extend the lead in the third with back-to-back shots from downtown. At the end of the third the Lady Cardinals were ahead by 19.

Webb had another trey in the fourth and then added a rebound and put-back as Melissa went on to get the big win in its pre-district finale.

S 7 19 11 12 — 49

M 18 20 18 19 — 75