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Hornets looking good
EAST CENTRAL -- After a decent non-district schedule that left the East Central Hornets with a 13-6 start to their season, the team has turned up the heat as of late, winning its first three District 28-5A games with little to no trouble from opponents.
The Hornets traveled to Corpus Christi and took on King High School in their first district game of the year back on Jan. 13. The Hornets came out strong in the game to lead 23-11 after the first period of play, and 40-21 at the break.
East Central had its best scoring period of the game in the third, as the Hornets dropped in 27 points and took a 67-37 lead into the final eight minutes of the game. The black and gold sealed the win in the fourth, outscoring King 20-13, and leaving town with an 87-50 victory.
Last Tuesday, the Hornets played their district home opener against the Southwest Dragons, and promptly sent the visiting team home with a 78-50 loss.
The first period of play was a high-scoring affair, as the Dragons dropped in 17 points, and the Hornets responded with 23 of their own. East Central’s offense continued to press the pace in the second period, adding 24 more points to the board, while the defense held Southwest to just 9 points. When the first half came to an end, it was East Central with a solid 47-26 lead.
The third period looked a lot like the second, as East Central added 21 points to the board, while holding Southwest to just 8. The Dragons came on in the fourth to outscore the Hornets 16-10, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough to overcome the deficit, and the Hornets enjoyed their second district win in a row.
This past Friday, the Hornets traveled across town to face the Bobcats of South San. The Hornets had control of the game from the opening tipoff, and soon returned home with an 84-63 win.
East Central came out strong to start play in the first period, and scored nearly 30 points in the opening eight minutes of play. The Bobcats tried in vain to keep pace with the Hornets, but went into the second period trailing 29-13.
Things slowed down during the second stanza, as the Hornets scored 17, while holding South San to 14. The halftime lead of 46-27 was plenty for East Central, though, and the team was looking good for the second half.
The scoring picked up slightly in the third, as East Central added 18 points to the board, increasing their lead to 26. The Black and Gold did allow the Bobcats to outscore them 25-20 in the final frame, but it made no difference, as the Hornets cruised to an 84-63 win.
East Central was scheduled to play at home against Corpus Christi Carroll on Jan. 24, and will travel to Highlands this Friday, Jan. 27, to face the Owls. The Hornets’ district schedule will continue until Tuesday, Feb. 14, when the team will close out district play at home against the Owls.
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