FAIRFIELD — The Palestine High School boys’ and girls’ basketball team suffered District 4A-18 losses on the road Tuesday.
The girls struggled to score in the second half, and lost 39-34, in their final game of the regular season. The LadyCats finished fourth in the district and qualified for the playoffs.
Palestine’s and Fairfield’s boys played a nip-and-tuck game, with the Eagles coming out on top by three points, 56-53. Both teams were deadlocked at 28-all at the break.
In the girls’ game, Palestine rolled to a 26-16 lead by halftime; but, then Fairfield outscored the LadyCats 15-2 in the third quarter to take a 31-28 edge going into the final frame.
Destiny Mathews netted a team-best 24 points, including two free throws, and Jaila Cook added seven. Cook connected on the only two 3-pointers for the LadyCats.
Palestine finished the regular season 23-12, 2-6, and the LadyCats will now prepare for China Spring in the bi-district round.
In the boys’ game, Matthew Wages and Israel Fatade were Palestine’s only scorers in double digits with 10 points apiece.
Israel Fatade dished off five assists while Kameron Hamilton pulled down nine rebounds and Enoch Fatade swiped four steals as the leaders in those categories.
Palestine (19-16, 3-4) will have a bye on Friday before wrapping up the regular season on Feb. 13 at Madisonville. The Wildcats clinched a playoff berth last week.
Editor's Note: Read the Palestine Herald-Press in print or with your electronic edition for the game box score.