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Lady Rattlers remain undefeated

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Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:55 am

During a span of eight games in seven-days, the #9 ranked Navasota Lady Rattlers (8-0) remain undefeated, including winning the Rice Consolidated Thanksgiving Classic for consecutive seasons over the weekend.

RICE- Navasota has knocked-off three 5A schools to start the season, Humble 55-37, A&M Consolidated 53-45 and Waller 39-38.

The Lady Rattlers defeated four teams LaGrange 51-26, Cuero 62-25, Columbus 48-44 (OT) and Rice Consolidated 49-27 to repeat as Champions in Rice.

“This was a good three days for this basketball team,” stated Navasota Head Coach Tommy Gates. “You find out a lot about your team, both good and bad during tournaments. Being able to win five games in three days is a tough thing to do. It took all 10 players to accomplish this goal. I was proud of the way our team came together and pulled this championship out.”

Ke’aundra Eddings continued to pace Navasota in scoring, totaling 55-points during the tournament. Malaiya Jedkins was a defensive nuisance to opposing offenses throughout the tournament coming up with 27-steals.

Victory over Waller

The Lady Rattlers continued its winning ways edging out a win over 5A Waller 39-38.

Waller and Navasota played evenly throughout the contest, as neither team could pull away. There were nine lead changes, and the game was tied on three occasions. The Rattlers’ biggest lead was six-points.

The biggest lead for the Lady Bulldogs was five-points, 38-33 with 2:58 remaining in the game. Navasota pitched a shutout the remainder of the game, while shooting 2-3 from the field, and 2-3 from the charity stripe to seal the victory.

Both squads struggled to find an offensive rhythm. Navasota only connected on 15-52 of its shots for 28.8 percent. Waller only managed to shoot 25.8 percent, 15-58.

“We were lucky to get out of there with a win today,” said Gates. “I’m not sure whether we were still tired from the weekend tournament or what, but we were a step slow all-day. We did not get one 50/50 ball. They were out hustling us, and then to get outrebounded, that just does not happen. The kids showed some toughness the last three minutes battling back, and refusing to let Waller get any good looks. Holding a good, well coached team like the Bulldogs scoreless for that long says something about our kids.”  

The Lady Rattlers were outrebounded for the first time all season, and only the second time in a four-year span.

Eddings, who is inching closer to becoming Navasota’s all-time-scoring-leader, was the lone bright spot for the Lady Rattlers offensively scoring 21-points. Eddings came away with 10 steals defensively.

Alyssia Thomas crashed the boards coming down with 11 rebounds, followed by Sha’Dimon King with eight.

Lady Tigers fall to Lady Rattlers

Navasota headed north on State Highway 6, for a little Brazos Valley rivalry with the 5A A&M Consolidated Lady Tigers.

The two teams know each other well, with several players from both teams competing on the same team in AAU during the off-season. Navasota earned the bragging rights this time slipping past the Lady Tigers 53-45.

Both teams played extremely hard and physical, but struggled offensively. Navasota only shot 31 percent, 18-58. Consol could only muster 20.9 percent, 13-62.

The game remained close throughout the first half, with neither team leading by more than six-points. Navasota led 28-22 at the half.

The blue train got rolling in the second-half leading by as many as 10-points, but never could put the game out of reach.

The Lady Tigers took a two-point lead 43-41, with 3:28 remaining in the game. On the ensuing possession, Eddings drove to the basket to tie the game. The Rattlers got a defensive stop, and Savannah Stringfellow nailed a clutch three-point shot from long range to put Navasota on top for good 46-43. 

Eddings led all scorers again with 16. Jedkins posted consecutive double-doubles with 12-points and 10-rebounds. Jedkins locked down defensively holding the Lady Tigers leading scorer entering the game to 11-points, and forcing five-turnovers.

Navasota outrebounded the Lady Tigers 40-30, despite giving up a significant height-advantage.

Eight games in seven days

Playing their eighth game in just seven days, the Navasota girls’ varsity basketball team dug down deep and found the energy to pull off a big 52-48 win over state-ranked Hitchcock at the PIT on Tuesday morning.

The Rattlers, who trailed for much of the game, came back from 10-points down midway thru the fourth quarter to secure the victory. The win keeps Navasota undefeated as they improve to 9-0 on the season. 

In the game on Tuesday morning, seven of the nine Rattler players contributed scoring. Eddings led all scorers with 25, while Malaiya Jedkins scored seven. Shanquisha Curley and Alyssia Thomas each chipped in six, Kaliah Bookman put up four and Sha'dimon King and Thomya Lockett each had two.

The Lady Rattlers will take a much needed break before they hit the road again to take on the Bellville Lady Brahmas at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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