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Mittie finished the night with 30 points scored, Powell accumulated 16, and Loftin and Martin both earned six points apiece. “We made the adjustment at halftime that we weren’t going to chase any more on the full court, we weren’t going to defend outside the three – make sure we get back side help,” Johnson said. “If they were going to beat us, it was going to be from the perimeter, and I think that was our strong point.” Following a tournament this weekend in Decatur, the Ladycats will come back to start district play on the road against North Richland HillsBirdville Tuesday Dec. 14. “There’s definitely a different kind of mindset going into it,” Mittie said, “you have to do well in district to keep going. “It’s like a win or lose type deal and if you get behind, even a game, then you feel like it’s hard to get back up into the winner’s circle.”

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Bearcats get first home win against Cleburne quarter. That lead later grew to seven-points, 22-15, at halftime.

By Dominic Genetti The Community News

The Aledo Bearcats boys basketball team has not only ended their losing streak, but has won a game on their own home court.

Johnson finished the night with eight total points scored. Gentry and Forbes racked up nine points apiece and Glass lead the team with a total of 22 points scored.

After two wins in a Joshua tournament and a 53-50 win over Cleburne, the Bearcats have evened their record at 3-3. The team has three weeks left before they begin district play and senior Danny Glass says the winning momentum the team has gained lately is pointing toward positivity for the 2010-2011 season.

“We’re probably progressing at the right time,” head coach Steve Smith said. “Danny and a lot of the guys are starting to let the game come to them instead of making things happen. “Everybody’s kind of buying into their role and thats the key.”

“We take every opponent as they come at us, one game at a time, but in the back of our minds we’re going to keep this momentum going,” the 6’4” veteran said.

Aledo kept their nine-point lead at the end of the third quarter, this time with a 33-24 lead. But in the fourth quarter things started to get a little worrisome for the Bearcats.

Cleburne’s only lead of the night came in the first quarter when they went up 6-4, but a layup, foul, and free throw later via Glass, Aledo pulled ahead with a 7-6 lead and never looked back.

With less than 30 seconds left to play in the game, Aledo’s lead was 51-48. All Cleburne needed was a three-pointer or a one-andone situation to tie the game, but free throws from Johnson helped the Bearcats pull through and gain some insurance points.

“Anytime a team plays sloppy like they did, we’re bound to stoop down a little bit to their level, but I feel like later on we started doing a better job of playing our own game, running our plays and getting the shots we can make,” Glass said. “They’re always going to break us down a little bit with their sloppiness, but we can bring it back up ourselves.” With hard passes from point guard freshman Taylor Johnson, the quick speed of junior Pierce Gentry and senior Aaron Forbes, the Bearcats were able to establish a 12-6 lead at the end of the first

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“Early on, I felt like we needed to run set plays to get shots and we had a hard time deciphering between, ‘Okay, the play’s not there now what do I do‘--I’ve always told the kids, if you don’t run the play, then make a play.” JAMES ALBRITTON/SALTFORKIMAGES.COM

Aledo senior Danny Glass (1) goes for a layup in the team’s contest against Cleburne. Aledo won the game 53-50 and was the first victory of the season at home. Glass finished the night with 22 points.

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Boys Basketball vs. Cleburne  

The Bearcats win their first game at home.