BOYS BASKETBALL FINAL
The Mineola Yellowjackets and the Van Vandals competed in a thriller of a game last night! The game was tied at 11 points a piece after the 1st quarter. The Vandals held a 3 point lead at halftime 27-24. The 3rd quarter belonged to the Yellowjackets as they took a 39-35 lead as we headed to the final quarter. Mineola took a 5 point lead with 2 and a half minutes to go. Then, Canon Rust hit a 3 to bring the Vandals within 2. The Vandals tied things up at 44 with under a minute left in the game. With 20 seconds remaining, Hunter Vandover hit a corner 3 to give the Jackets a 3 point advantage. The Vandals attempted a couple of 3 point shots as time expired, but came up short, giving the Yellowjackets a 47-44 victory. TJ Moreland led the way for Mineola with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Dawson Pendergrass and Stephen Ogueri crashed the glass for 7 rebounds a piece. For the Vandals, Canon Rust had 17 points, including 5 3 pointers and 7 rebounds. KD Erskine chipped in with 10 points as well.
GIRLS BASKETBALL FINAL
Lone Oak 45
The Mineola Lady Jackets and the Lone Oak Lady Buffs girls basketball game came down to the wire. The Lady Jackets led 6-5 after the first quarter and Lone Oak was playing from behind the entire game. At halftime, Mineola was up 19-14. By the end of the 3rd quarter, Mineola had extended their lead to 7 points with a 34-27 lead. Lone Oak owned the 4th Quarter as they outscored Mineola 18-8 in the final frame to win the game 45-42. Maddie Nichol shot 50% from long range as she nailed 7 3 pointers and led the team with 22 points. Avery Haynes also had 11 points for the Lady Buffs. Mineola knocked down 8 3 pointers and out rebounded the Lady Buffs 26-21. Macy Fischer led the Lady Jackets with 11 points.