FULLY-LOADED: Jackets rested for stretch run at playoff spot

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MERIDIAN — With fresh bodies and minds after taking advantage of an open date Tuesday, the Meridian boys basketball team open the second round of District 10-2A play tonight by hosting second place DeLeon at 7 p.m. in Yellowjacket Gymnasium.

Before the break, Meridian wrapped up the first round of district with  40-20 road loss to Santo last Friday night in a district clash for third place. The Jackets sank only eight of 44 shots from the field, and finished 0-for-11 from three-point range as seniors Demarius Parks and Matt Rosas led Meridian with seven points apiece.

Junior Dylan Poole pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, while senior Zade Kendall collected five boards and dished out three assists.

“Tough loss,” Meridian boys basketball head coach Carlos Johansson said. “We had another poor shooting night. It will get fixed.”

In other District 10-2A action last Friday night, DeLeon crushed Hico, 73-28, while Goldthwaite had an open date. In Tuesday night’s district games, Goldthwaite remained undefeated by beating Hico, 67-40, DeLeon rolled over Santo, 72-44, while Meridian took the night off.

While the Jackets (1-3 in district, 9-17 overall) open the second round of district tonight against DeLeon (4-1, 15-14), district-leading Goldthwaite (5-0, 18-10) will take on third place Santo  (2-3, 10-17), while Hico (0-5, 10-17) draws an open date.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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