Tenaha Tigers beat Woden, 56-53; advance to Regional Semifinals
The Tenaha Tigers advanced to the Regional Quarter Finals by defeating Evadale 89-56 on Friday.
On Tuesday of this week hey traveled to Panola College to take the on the Woden Eagles.
Tenaha put up the first points with a 3-point shot made by Hayden Jenkins, giving them the early lead. Woden answered back with a 3pt shot of their own on the next possession.
Tenaha tacked on 11 points total in the first period. Along with Jenkins’ 3, Eric Smith hit a 3 point shot. Jay Lloyd swooped in with a layup for 2pts, and JaQualin Franks made 3 out of 4 at the FT line. Woden answered with 11 total points of their own. The score was tied at the end of the first period.
The Tigers put up points early in the second period with a layup by Franks, which was answered by the Eagles with 2 points of their own. With a little more than 6 minutes still left in the second period, Woden took the lead with a layup.
Tenaha’s Jay Lloyd tied the score up with 2 free throws. Then the Tigers quickly took the lead when Lloyd drove in a layup. Woden answered the drive with a 3 point field goal. Giving the Eagles the lead again.
The fans for both teams were all on their feet. Lloyd sank 3 more FT’s in the 1st half, and Erik Smith was also successful at the line for one point. Woden was not giving up. Acosta, for the Eagles, popped four 3pt shots for Woden in the second period enabling them to put up 9 more points than the Tigers.
Tenaha went into the locker room trailing Woden by a score of 30-21.
The third period proved to be a 3pt shoot out.
The 3rd period had Tenaha showing out on the 3pt shoot out. Hayden Jenkins floated in 3 baskets from the 3pt line for 9 points for The Tigers.
He was also fouled on the last made 3pt shot giving him a FT opportunity which he capitalized on, giving him 10 points this period. Franks also got in on the action this period in the form of 2 layups and 2 FT’s. Giving him 6 points, and putting Tenaha within 4 going into the final period. The score at the end of the 3rd was Woden-41 Tenaha-37
Both teams were determined to leave it all on the court going into the 4th period. Tenaha had 5 of their players score in the last period.
Trindon Claiborne and Trindon Franks made 3 FT’s. Jay Lloyd connected for 5 out of 6 FT’s. Eric Smith made 2 FT’s and a 3pt shot, and Hayden Jenkins scored 3pts from the field. This was enough to put Tenaha on top for the night. The Tenaha Tigers defeated Woden with a final score of 56-53.
When speaking to Tenaha’s head coach Greg Jenkins after the game he said, “Hats off to Woden they have a really good team. Games like this where two good teams play, you hate to see anybody loose, we battled hard against their kids and Coach Phillips.
“I hate to see anybody loose, but somebody had to win, and I’m glad it was us,” Jenkins said. 'We just kinda have a knack at Tenaha, the kids never give up, they play till we win”.
Tenaha will now advance to the Regional Semifinals where they will face The Grapeland Sandies.
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