Multiple Teams · Basketball teams take court in Orange & White Classic


Kymberly Jackson gives her best shot in the half-court shot.
Kymberly Jackson gives her best shot in the half-court shot.
Anulfo Hernandez attempts the half-court shot.
Anulfo Hernandez attempts the half-court shot.

They tried and tried. Then they bought another ticket and tried again. One basketball player tried at least seven or eight times in a row.
And even with Booster Club member Gil Sandoval holding up the $100 bill, they couldn’t do it.
Coach Alana Cummings’ shot sailed over the backboard. Darius Watts’ shot was to the left, then the next one hit the rim. One guy’s shot spun around the rim before rolling out. Many came up short and didn’t even hit the backboard.
The $100 half-court shot at the Orange & White Basketball Classic didn’t have a winner, but the evening was a huge success.
Watts and Ashley Poole opened the night, winning the three-point shooting contest in the skills competition. Then between performances by the band and the Vikingettes, the boys and girls basketball teams gave a glimpse of what to expect this season.
Kobe Wrice’s team won 26-12 with Kobe having a couple dunks and a three-pointer.
When asked about his expectations for this season, Kobe said, “Go to the playoffs.”
Watts said the team strength is “balance. We’re well put together.”
Coach Grayson said the girls’ goal is to “finish the season above .500.”
When asked how he would accomplish that, Grayson said, “We have to come ready to work.”
The Lady Bulldogs lost their season opener Tuesday night to Fort Worth Carter-Riverside on a last-second shot, but Grayson said he was impressed with the girls’ aggressive play. The Bulldogs led 17-5 at halftime and led by 2 at the end before Carter-Riverside won it on a 3-pointer.

North Dallas girls will play at Wilmer-Hutchins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then at Pinkston at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The boys varsity team opens the season against Faith Family Academy at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the North Dallas boys gym.

Girls coaches Desireé Allen and Erik Gayson watch the introductions.
Girls coaches Desireé Allen and Erik Gayson watch the introductions.
Battalion Commander Maria Garcia (left) leads the presentation of the flags.
Battalion Commander Maria Garcia (left) leads the presentation of the flags.
Drum major Robert Jones  guides the band.
Drum major Robert Jones leads the band.
The Vikingettes get ready to perform.
The Vikingettes get ready to perform.