East Texas Christian School students won’t get to hoist a state title trophy, but they can be proud of how both of their basketball teams performed over the weekend at the Texas Christian Athletic League’s state basketball tournament.
The T-CAL tournament was played at the All-Star Sportsplex in San Antonio.
The Lady Chargers got all the way to the championship game, but lost, 42-21, to Grace Christian School of Georgetown. The Chargers lost their first tournament game, and were out of state title contention, but bounced back and beat Grace for the consolation championship.
Grace 42, ETCS 21 (girls): Macaiah Dixon led ETCS with eight points; Megan Langford scored four; Jordan Parker and Destini Dixon each had three; Isabella Hill had two and Jaden Parker had one.
Other Lady Chargers this year were Chloe Botkin, Sharon Brockway, Victoria Harris, Sophia Simpson, and Abby Truman. Managers for the team were Rebecca Parker and Jenna Parker, and the Lady Chargers are coached by Shelby Klein, who just completed her first season.
ETCS finished the season 19-4; they won twice in San Antonio to get to the state title game.
ETCS 42, Grace 41 (boys): The Chargers handled a loss the way a team should – they won out after dropping that first game in San Antonio on Friday.
They knocked off Grace by a single point after a 15-point performance by Matthew Vetter. John Garrett and Garrett Oehlert each had nine, and James Garrett added seven.
Filling out the Chargers’ roster: Andrew Brockway, Luke Brockway, Cason Clower, Larry Freeney, Brentton Jenkins, Triston Mayberry, Braden McCullin, James Sawyer, John Sawyer, Logan Sikorski, Joshua Young and Micah Young. Mangers are Kathy Vetter, Josh Vetter and Deborah Brockway. Zakarius Wells is the Chargers’ coach, also in his first season.
ETCS is a Christian school located just outside Kilgore near I-20.