Forward, march.

Je’Juan Forward tossed in 24 points to lead three players in double figures, as the 19th-ranked Connally boys basketball team rolled over their longtime district rival, the La Vega Pirates, 59-30, on Friday night.

Forward’s big night helped the Cadets (13-7, 5-0) stay perfect in District 17-4A action. Keith Black chipped in 14 points for Connally, and Zailin Cleveland had 12.

La Vega (10-9, 2-2) struggled to score, as the Pirates’ top point producer was Keyshawn Coaster with seven.

West 54, Whitney 46

In a game against a familiar rival, West picked up a key win to help thrust the Trojans back into the playoff conversation.

Junior guard Gage Reese tickled the nets for 18 points, while Blaine Browder added 15 for the Trojans, now 2-3 in 19-3A competition.

Dayton Bean had 21 for Whitney, which dropped to 12-12 overall and 3-2 in the league.

GIRLS

Lorena 48, China Spring 44

The Lady Leopards pushed themselves into the race for the District 17-4A title by handing the Lady Cougars their first loss of the district season.

Michelle Runyan topped Lorena (15-9, 4-1) with 13 points, and Alana Armstrong added 10. It marked the 10th time in the past 12 games that Lorena has held its opponent under 50 points.

China Spring dipped to 19-7 and 5-1 in the district.

Connally 42, La Vega 41

The Lady Cadets put together an inspired fourth quarter to rally from a seven-point deficit for a big one-point win over the rival Lady Pirates.

Heaven Lang-Tucker scored 14 points to lead Connally (19-9 overall, 3-3 in 17-4A), and Miannah Little hit for 12. For La Vega (12-12), Montierra Warren led all scorers with 15 points. However, Connally managed to limit La Vega’s star senior post Ta’Naiya Norwood to only four.

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