Area high schools show off at Whataburger tourney

High school basketball teams from Southern Denton County fared well at this year’s Whataburger Tournament at Haltom High School in Haltom City, as Liberty Christian won a tournament championship on the boy’s side, and the Marcus boys reached the second round game in the Orange division.


Liberty Christian finished 3-1 in their division with victories against Peaster 55-43, Fairfield 47-22, and Clarksville by a score of 65-43.

In the Clarksville game, Mitch Heffington led the team in scoring with 15 points, and averaged 16 points per game in the tournament to lead the Warriors to victory.

Wes Hill averaged 10.3 points in the tournament for Liberty Christian and Alex Conrad averaged just under 10 points per game.

Marcus opened the tournament with a 45-38 victory against Justin Northwest.

Phil forte led the Marauders in scoring with 13 points, while Nick Banyard added 11. Marcus Smart, A J Luckey, Jordan Johnson, Matt Ledford, Jacob VanNatten and Jared Hamilton combined for 21 points in the contest for Marcus.

The Marauders were then upset by Richland in the second round of the tournament by a score of 58-55.

The Argyle boys defeated Abilene Wylie 53-51 to open tournament competition, before coming up short against Lovejoy by a score of 55-41 in the second round.

Clarke Overlander led the team in scoring with 18, while Connor York added 12 points in the contest.

Chase Kammerer, Chadd Bossow, Zack Dickerson, Spencer McCloud, Andrew Resch and Michael Morris combined for 23 points in the game.

On the girl’s side, Argyle defeated Lake Country Christian 44-39 in the tournament, with Allea Harris and Jesse Sheridan leading the way in scoring with 12 and 11 points respectively.

The Liberty Christian girls basketball team fell short in its bid for a championship on Friday, losing 61-38 to Abilene Wylie.

Nicole Kornet scored 21 points in the contest, while Nia Jackson added 11 points. Maggie Quam scored four points in the game and Rachel Rainwater picked up two points in the contest.

Liberty Christian defeated Saginaw, Jim Ned and Brock to advance to the championship game in the Blue division.

In a thrilling triple overtime victory against Jim Ned, the Lady Warriors had a combined 63 points from Nicole Kornet and Nia Jackson.

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