High School Sports

Basketball Insider: Family ties deep for state-bound Dunbar boys

Dunbar’s Jarrod Fields, left, looks to pass the ball as Everman’s Brandon Cookie defends in a basketball game at Wilkerson-Greines AC in Fort Worth, December 28, 2015.
Dunbar’s Jarrod Fields, left, looks to pass the ball as Everman’s Brandon Cookie defends in a basketball game at Wilkerson-Greines AC in Fort Worth, December 28, 2015. Special to the Star-Telegram

Playing a sport with the same people over your high school career, the word “family” always pops up and at Fort Worth Dunbar, that’s especially true.

The 23-11 Wildcats, headed to their first UIL state tournament in nine years, sport twins Jerred and Jarrod Fields, and cousins Logan and Isaiah Ray, born just two weeks apart.

Jerred (6-foot-1) is the taller Fields sibling, and he recorded 17 points and nine rebounds in the 95-62 rout of Wichita Falls Rider in Saturday’s Class 5A Region I final. Senior guard Logan Ray had a game-high 29 points against Rider.

“We’re pretty much brothers,” said Logan of cousin Isaiah. “ We have always loved basketball and we used to go to state games for Dunbar almost every year.

“It’s really special to me to get to state with him,” Logan adds. “We always push each other, even if it isn’t basketball. We’re very supportive and motivate each other to that next level.”

Dunbar meets Fort Bend Elkins (35-2) at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 5A semifinals at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Back to winning

For the fifth time since 2003, the Lake Country Christian girls won a state title, this time beating Beaumont Legacy 54-48 in Saturday’s TAPPS 3A final.

“This game was a battle from the opening tip and it seemed that Legacy controlled the tempo for most of the first half,” coach Steven Rachal said. “This title means a great deal for our program.”

Eagles junior Laci Hawthorne finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds. She made the all-tournament team, as did teammates Jasmine Chambers and Alexus Jones.

Those three, and all-district first-teamers McKenna Whites and Jazmyne Jones, are expected to return next season when Country moves up to TAPPS 4A.

“I think moving up to 4A will be a challenge and we will get a couple of different district foes next year gunning for us, but I believe that this group has become so close as friends and family that they will have a shot to do something special again,” Rachal said.

The Eagles (34-5) won their first title since 2008. They also won three straight titles from 2003-05.

“Seven years ago I moved here from Louisiana and took this job and I knew that Lake Country had won a couple of state titles,” Rachal said. “I knew we had to keep the tradition high.”

SW Christian boys

The Southwest Christian boys set a school record for most wins in a season with 29, but a 30th would have been even better.

The Eagles fell short, 79-64, to Houston Westbury Christian in Saturday’s TAPPS 4A title game.

Southwest Christian (29-10) had a terrific run, led by senior Tylin Lockett, who had a game-high 37 points Saturday. Colten Wright chipped in 20 and alongside Clayton Stanley, the three made the all tourney team.

“It was a great experience for me and my team of course, and just being there was a true blessing,” Lockett said. “We were the first team in school history to make it that far in decades.”

“We put Southwest Christian on the map, built a better community and started a new program that players would like to join.”

Lockett finished the season with averages of 29 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Lockett transferred to Southwest Christian from South Grand Prairie two years ago. He was a freshman on the Warriors when they lost the 5A state final to Fort Bend Travis three years ago.

“This team was amazing. We never had a group of guys so dedicated to work to reach the goals we set out in the beginning of the season,” he said. “I loved being a part of Southwest Christian because I got a lot of exposure.”