Lufkin players shine in all-star game

Playing as high schoolers for the final time on their home court, a group of Panthers and Lady Panthers made their presence felt during the 9th Annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown on the Lufkin
Middle School campus on Thursday afternoon.
On the girls’ side, Lufkin’s JaKayla Suell teamed up with Diboll’s Mia Williams to dominate the competition in a 57-40 win by the Angelina Count All Stars.
On the boys’ side, Courtnee Garcia led all scorers, but it wasn’t quite enough as Angelina was on the wrong side of a 71-66 decision.
In the girls’ game, Suell and Williams combined for a total of 41 points, outscoring the entire Nacogdoches team.
Suell finished the game with 18 points with nine coming in each half. Six of those came in the fourth quarter when the Angelina team broke open a game that was relatively close for much of the
She had plenty of help from teammate Diamond Johnson, who scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter. That Lufkin duo combined to score 12 of Angelina’s 20 points in the last quarter.
It was a defensive struggle early as Williams scored five and Suell had two in the opening quarter, giving Angelina a slim 7-6 lead.
That duo turned it on in the second quarter with Williams scoring eight and Suell putting in seven as Angelina expanded that margin out to 24-15. In the opening half, they combined to score 21 of the total 39 points in the game.
They continued to be a force throughout the contest before Suell and Williams each put on a dribbling exhibition in the final minute in closing out the win.
Lufkin’s Ivey Massie also participated in the game for Angelina.
The Nacogdoches all-stars were led by Chireno’s Chloe Woodson, who had 10 points.
On the boys’ side, Lufkin players did the bulk of the damage with Garcia scoring 21 and Rodgers putting in seven. James Jefferson added three as the Lufkin trio combined for 31 of Angelina’s 66
points in the five-point loss.
Garcia got Angelina off to a solid start with a three and layup giving the local all-stars a 10-9 lead.
Those proved to be the only points of the half for Garcia.
After the break, Nacogdoches had a hard time finding any answers for Garcia as he scored 14 points in the third quarter. Nine of those came on a trio of three-pointers as Angelina turned a six-point deficit into an eight-point advantage before eventually leading 53-51 after three quarters.
Angelina eventually went up by double digits early in the fourth quarter before Nacogdoches came storming back for the win.
Nacogdoches’ Jordan Upshaw led the Nacogdoches all-stars with 19 points.
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