Melissa boys, girls sitting at the top of District 9-4A comps

By Rick Bailey
Anna-Melissa Tribune
Cardinals Mia Ellis (2) in the lane vs Anna at the Melissa Gym Friday night, Jan 8, 2021.  Rog Pachuta/buzzphotos.com

Melissa - The Melissa Lady Cardinals (6-1/15-4) continued to cruise through District 9-4A with two more wins over the past week. After beginning 2021 with a 56-33 win over Van Alstyne the Lady Cardinals got two more district wins in a convincing fashion. 

On January 5, Melissa took a 65-41 win and on Friday, January 8 they blew out Anna 85-11. 

Melissa (6-1/15-4) sits at the top of the District 9-4A race. Sanger (5-1/12-5) is the only other district opponent with just one loss. The remainder of the district standings are as follows: Van Alstyne (5-2/11-6), Aubrey (5-2/7-6), Celina (2-5/7-12), Anna (0-6/4-14) and Gainesville (0-6/0-14).

This week’s District 9-4A matchups for the girls include January 12 Celina at Anna, Gainesville at Aubrey and Sanger at Van Alstyne; along with January 15: Aubrey at Sanger, Anna at Gainesville, Melissa at Celina; and on January 19: Van Alstyne at Aubrey, Gainesville at Melissa and Sanger at Anna. 

Katie Sparks (12) looks to pass vs Anna at the Melissa Gym Friday night, Jan 8, 2021.

Melissa Boys basketball recap-

The Melissa Cardinal boys basketball team held onto their top spot and now are sitting at 4-1 in the District 9-4A race. The Cardinals got their fourth district win over Aubrey 74-64 on January 5. 

The District 9-4A race finds Melissa (4-1/8-6) and Van Alstyne (4-1/9-8) are sitting at the top spot. Celina (3-1/12-7) and Anna (3-1/12-4) share the second spot at this point in the race. The remainder of the district includes: Aubrey (1-3/6-7), Gainesville (1-4/6-10) and Sanger (0-5/3-11).

This week’s District 9-4A schedule for the boys includes January 12: Aubrey at Gainesville, Anna at Celina and Van Alstyne at Sanger; along with January 15: Celina at Melissa, Sanger at Aubrey and Gainesville at Anna; also on January 16: Celina at Aubrey; and on January 19: Anna at Sanger, Aubrey at Van Alstyne and Melissa at Gainesville.