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Jumping out to an 11-0 lead and never looking back, the Aledo Bearcats ran past Joshua, 48-22, Friday night in the boys' District 8-5A basketball opener at the AHS gym.
In the night cap, the Ladycats came back from behind to force overtime before falling 57-53 to Joshua in the extra session.
The Bearcats begin district at 1-0, while the Ladycats fall to 1-2 in 8-5A.
For the complete story on both games see the Dec. 26 issue of The Community News.
In front of the Aledo High School student body, staff and faculty at the state championship pep rally this afternoon at the AHS gym, Aledo senior captains Luke Bishop and Isaiah Mallory hold a trophy awarded to the Bearcats as the Chevrolet WFAA (Channel 8) High School Sports Special Team of the Week for last week’s state semifinal win over Tyler John Tyler. The Bearcats will face Temple at noon Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the Class 5A, Division I state championship.
In an ending marred in controversy, Cleburne intercepted an Aledo in bounds pass with two seconds left to play and the Lady Jackets held on to defeat the Ladycats, 43-40, Tuesday night in a District 8-5A game at the AHS gym.
The loss drops the Ladycats to 1-1 in district play while Cleburne raised its 8-5A mark to 2-0.
Aledo led early in the opening quarter, but Cleburne came back with a 12-2 run in the second period to take a commanding 26-12 lead at the half.
But the Ladycats came out on fire to begin the third quarter as Cameron Huddleston and Kara Williams each sank three-point buckets to cut the Cleburne lead to 26-18.
The 2014-15 Aledo Ladycats basketball team will host ‘Meet The Ladycats’ from 4:30-5:30 p.m. today at the front of the varsity gym prior to their District 8-5A game against Cleburne.
The team will be handing out posters and T-shirts; there will be a vertical-jump contest; and sliders and wings will be available for purchase from Aledo’s IDC burgers as well as sweets donated by Brookshire’s.
The Ladycats will take on Cleburne at 6:30 p.m. today at the AHS gym.
Tickets for the Class 5A Division I state football championship game between the Aledo Bearcats and Temple Wildcats are on sale at the Aledo ISD administration building and Aledo High School.
The game will kick off at noon on Saturday at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington.
Tickets (presale $12 for adults and $6 for students) will be on sale at the administration building from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Presale tickets at the high school will be on sale from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday.
All tickets at the gate will be $15, and parking is $10.
Tickets can also be purchased on line at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004D38BC199F70.
Aledo senior running back Jess Anders (23) breaks into the open field Saturday during the Bearcats 44-14 win over John Tyler in the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals.
Aledo quarterback Luke Bishop and running backs Jess Anders and Isaiah Mallory combined for 348 yards rushing to lead the No. 1 Aledo Bearcats to a decisive 44-14 victory over Tyler John Tyler Saturday afternoon in a Class 5A, Division I state semifinal at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite.
The win advances the Bearcats (14-1) to the state championship game against Temple, a 76-35 winner over Austin Vandegrift in the other semifinal.
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As I See It
By Tony Eierdam
It is Class 5A’s version of Southlake Carroll vs. Trinity.
The Class 5A No. 1-ranked Aledo Bearcats have advanced to the state semifinals for the fifth time in the last six years, but on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hanby Stadium in Mesquite they will face arguably their toughest opponent in that time span in the Tyler John Tyler Lions, the “bullies” of East Texas.
Of course, I jest about using the word bullies, and in the time I spent in East Texas covering sports JT was always good, and at the same time classy and sportsmanlike.
But make no mistake: They have always been feared, and this year is no exception.
Aledo senior post Rhylie Makawe scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Ladycats to a convincing 42-27 victory over the Granbury Lady Pirates Tuesday night in the District 8-5A girls' basketball opener at Granbury.
Makawe was also one part of a mix of brilliant Aledo defenders.
The Ladycats were so strong defensively that they held Granbury scoreless for eight minutes one two occasions - the first from the end of the opening period until the end of the second quarter, and again from the beginning of the third quarter until the beginning of the fourth period.
"You ask me who stood out on defense?" Ladycats head coach Mike Pinkerton said. "All five ladies who were on the floor.