Hope Bobcats and Ladycats basketball teams will make their return to the big state of Texas this December 8-10 to compete in the 2016 Gunslinger tournament in New Boston, Texas.

Hope Bobcats and Ladycats basketball teams will make their return to the big state of Texas this December 8-10 to compete in the 2016 Gunslinger tournament in New Boston, Texas.

Last year during the 2015-16 basketball season in Gunslinger tourney competition, the Bobcats opened tourney play against Pleasant Grove but fell short of victory 64-57, but took care of business in their next two battles against New Boston and Idabel, Oklahoma to finish 2-1 in tourney competition for fifth place. The Ladycats went 1-2 in tourney play falling to Pleasant Grove and Ashdown, but prevailed over host tournament team New Boston in their finale game.

This Thursday, HHS will open tournament play in New Boston with the Ladycats facing Liberty Eylau at 3:30 p.m. and the Bobcats will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. against New Boston in the boys and girls bracket division. The tournament will progress through Friday and Saturday in New Boston. The Bobcats and Ladycats went to De Queen for hoop action Tuesday night. The Bobcats came out victorious 70-29, to improve to 3-1 overall and rolling on a two game winning-streak.

HOPE VS. NEW BOSTON HOOPS AT JFH GYMNASIUM

The Bobcats and Ladycats basketball teams swept home victories hosting New Boston, Texas Lions and Lady Lions at Jones Fieldhouse Gymnasium for senior high hoops last Friday night.

The JV Bobcats opened the night with a dominating 33-9 win over New Boston. For senior high girls action, the Ladycats picked up a impressive 72-57 victory over the Lady Lions for their first win of the season. Led by a big time scoring performance from sophomore Raley Potter recording a season-high 25 points and Andria Curtis pouring 12 points for double-figures. Courtney Davis followed with eight points, Ameiah Trotter finished with seven points, KeAzha Roberts had six points, Tatyanna Smith added four points, Nikeya Harris scored three points, Zahria Woods, Gladajah Haynes and Tazharia Woodberry each posted two points apiece. For the nightcap battle in senior high boys action, the Bobcats took care of business in winning fashion to rout the New Boston Lions 58-29 to remain unbeaten at home on the hardwood at JFH Gymnasium.

The Cats were led by senior big man Desmond McDonald with 15 points and Keith Brown dropping 14 points for double-figures. Marcus Blakely scored eight points, with a trio of players TD Walton, JaBre Martin and Markel Haynie each contributing seven points apiece. The Cats shot 57 percent from the free-throw line going 8 of 14 and hit 4 of 13 shots behind the three-point line for 30 percent and 40 percent from the field. The Cats totaled for 43 rebounds, dished out nine assists and defensively had 11 steals and three block shots.