Sandies Stay Perfect in District Play; Canyon Boys Stun #13 Estacado
Posted By: Mike Roden - 1/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

The Amarillo Sandies managed to grab the lead early and maintain it throughout most of the game in a 58-53 win over Palo Duro in a battle of the top two teams in District 3-5A. 

The win moves the Sandies to 11-0 in district as they beat the Dons for the second time this season.  PD falls to 8-2 and into a tie for second place in the 3-5A race. 

Amarillo High grabbed the lead in the first half on the hot shooting of Owen Boyett. The junior guard poured in 18 points in the first two quarters as the Sandies pulled out to an 8-point halftime lead. Then it was sophomore Brendan Hausen's turn to lead the offense as he scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half to keep the Dons fighting from behind. 

Jelani Mohamed led Palo Duro with 21 points and Kaje Lee added 13.

In the girls' game, the number one-ranked Lady Sandies started slowly but came on strong in the second half to beat PD 66-52. The Lady Dons led by as many as ten points in the first half behind SH' Heniece Matthews five 3-point baskets. 

However, Amarillo High's Zayla Tinner, who didn't play much in the first half, scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half and Rachel Haase added all 11 of her points in the second half as the Lady Sandies pulled away. 

Amarillo High is now 13-0 in district and 29-2 overall. Palo Duro remains in the hunt for a playoff berth with a 7-5 district mark. 

The other big news was the Canyon boys win at #13 Estacado 38-35. That puts the Eagles all alone in first place at 3-0 in the District 3-4A standings.

Canyon won its' first two district games with last second baskets over Levelland and Hereford. Against the Matadors, Miles Huffines drained a 3-pointer as time wound down to give the Eagles the win.

Other scores of TPSN teams on Tuesday:

Tascosa 77, Midland Lee 28 (boys)

Tascosa 68, Midland Lee 46 (girls)

Randall 55, Caprock 20 (boys)

Randall 48, Caprock 31 (girls)

Canyon 72, Estacado 20 (girls)