MADILL — With the weather getting colder Thursday, it was the perfect setting for the annual Madill Winter Classic tournament to begin at Wildcat Fieldhouse.

MADILL — With the weather getting colder Thursday, it was the perfect setting for the annual Madill Winter Classic tournament to begin at Wildcat Fieldhouse.

Several area girls teams were in action including Marietta, Sulphur, Dickson and Madill on the opening day of competition.

Gunter, TX 54 Marietta 44

In the first game of the tournament, the Marietta Lady Indians put up a strong showing, but were denied their first win of the season against the Lady Tigers from Gunter.

Gunter led 14-10 after the first quarter, before taking a 25-20 advantage into the locker room at the half.

Less than a minute into the third quarter, Marietta was within three points at 25-22, but Gunter went on a 20-10 run to end the third, leading 45-32 going into the fourth.

Marietta managed to outscore the Lady Tigers 12-9 down the stretch.

Toriauna Douglass led the Lady Indians with 13 points in the game, followed by Kate Bone and Clara Perez each with six points. 

Marietta will play in the consolation bracket 

this morning at 10:30 a.m. 

Sulphur 74
Collinsville, TX 45

While they might have had to wait longer than most teams to start their season, the No. 17 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs showed no signs of rust in their blowout victory over the Lady Pirates from Texas.

After initially falling behind 2-0 in the first quarter, Sulphur went on a 10-0 run to gain control early.

At the end of the first quarter, it was the Lady Bulldogs leading 26-8, and the rout was on.

Going into the halftime break, Sulphur led 45-18, before leading 59-33 after three quarters.

Sulphur outscored the Lady Pirates 15-12 in the fourth quarter.

Harley Beesley led Sulphur with 15 points in the game, followed by Payton Row with 13 points. 

Abby Beck and Payton James each scored nine points.

Sulphur (1-0) will be back in action this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. against Gunter, Texas. 

Liberty Christian 94
Dickson 45

It was a rough day at the office for the Dickson Lady Comets, who were handed a crushing defeat against the Liberty Christian Lady Warriors from Texas. 

Dickson got to within one point twice in the first quarter at 2-1, and 4-3, but it didn’t get any better the rest of the way for the Lady Comets.

The Lady Warriors led 36-13 at the end of the first quarter, before taking a 52-32 lead into the halftime break.

Dickson was held to just five points in the third quarter as the Lady Warriors extended their lead to 75-37, before finishing the game off in the fourth with a 19-8 run.

Hailey Davis led the Lady Comets with 11 points followed by Sienna Young with 10 points.

Audrey Young and Makayla Smith each had eight points in the game.

Dickson will be back in action at 1:30 p.m. today in the consolation bracket against Madill. 

Pilot Point, TX 57 Madill 44

In the final game of the day on the girls side of the bracket, it was the Madill Lady Wildcats coming up short against Pilot Point.

A two-point first quarter by Madill dug the Lady Wildcats an early deficit, as the Lady Bearcats scored 18 points of their own to take a commanding lead.

Madill’s offense would wake up before halftime as the Lady Wildcats went on a 16-9 run to close the deficit to 27-18 going into the locker room.

However, Pilot Point would outscore Madill 30-26 in the second half to claim the victory.

Kristen Chapa led the Lady Wildcats with 14 points followed by Caitlyn Gillis with 10 points. 

Madill will play Dickson at 1:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinals.