Melissa’s Lady Cardinals claimed second place at the Eaton High School basketball tournament in Fort Worth last week, an annual three-day tourney that features Class 5A-6A competition. After rolling to three-straight wins over 6A teams, the Lady Cards (3-2) were topped by 5A Denton Braswell in Saturday’s finals.


Melissa (3-2) trailed by five at halftime but the Lady Bengals pulled away with a 24-14 third quarter enroute to a 63-38 victory. Katie Sparks led the Lady Cards with 15 points while Ashley Gideon pumped in eight. For this game only, Melissa was without two key players, guards Mia and Mya Ellis, who were called away for a family issue.


“Braswell’s 3s started falling,” Lady Cards head coach Chris Oestreich said, “and without Mya and Mia we just didn’t have enough experience to handle their pressure or the offense to keep up.


“It was a good experience for the kids. Mya Ellis and Wendy Clemmons were named to the All-Tournament team. Ashley Gideon really started to come around and Grace Moothart shot the ball well for us. Katie Sparks and Jaydyn Bullard are giving us scoring and defense off the bench. This group is really developing a nice chemistry.”


On Thursday, Melissa topped 6A Fossil Ridge, 58-38, with Clemmons posting a game-high 20 points. After a tight first half, the Lady Cards put the game away with a big fourth quarter. That same day, Melissa downed 6A Haltom, 62-40, as Clemmons, with 17 points, again led all scorers.


In the Lady Cards’ 58-50 win over 6A Byron Nelson on Friday, Gideon collected a game-high 18 points.


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Melissa 12 14 15 17 - 58


Fossil Ridge 10 15 11 2 - 38


Melissa scoring – Wendy Clemmons 20, Mia Ellis 10, Mya Ellis 9, Katie Sparks 8, Ashley Gideon 6, Grace Moothart 5.


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Melissa 19 16 19 8 - 62


Haltom 13 9 12 6 - 40


Melissa scoring – Wendy Clemmons 18, Mya Ellis 12, Katie Sparks 11, Mia Ellis 8, Grace Moothart 6, Ashley Gideon 5, Jaydyn Bullard 2.


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Melissa 14 15 17 12 - 58


Byron Nelson 8 12 13 17 - 50


Melissa scoring – Ashley Gideon 18, Wendy Clemmons 17, Mya Ellis 8, Jaydyn Bullard 7, Grace Moothart 6, Katie Sparks 2.


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Melissa 8 8 14 8 - 38


Braswell 9 12 24 18 - 63


Melissa scoring – Katie Sparks 15, Ashley Gideon 8, Grace Moothart 7, Jaydyn Bullard 3, Wendy Clemmons 2, Kaitlyn Reeves 2, Rachel Adejokun 1.