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+ @hfprebelsports @hfplobosports LEHMAN LOSES, 3 Lehman High loses three members in seperate holiday tragedies - Page 3B January 4, 2017 BY MOSES LEOS III from the paint. news@haysfreepress.com Adept perimeter shoot- ing, along with the abil- ity to obtain production Adhering to a methodi- from multiple sources, cal half-court offense also played a vital role in wasn't a tactic Lehman the Lobos' success. High head coach Michael Lobo sophomore Cam- Whitten expected to eron Jones tallied seven employ at the start of the of his 14 points in the first season, quarter. Lehman senior Twenty-one games and TracyMalrey scored 15 an epiphany of his game later, Whit- high 19 points ten realized in the second slowing the and third game down quarters. was a needed "We came change to out ready help keep the to play. It Lobos com- was fun. We petitive in started out district play. from the jump Such was with good the case 1hes- defense, shots day as the were falling Lobos used and we made their half- free throws," court attack Malrey said. to dispatch "We just took the Vande- care of busi- grift Vipers ness." "We came out ready to play. It was fun. We started out from the jump with good defense, shots were falling and we made free throws. We just took care of business." in a critical Lehman 58-37 win expanded at the Lobo its lead in Den. Lehman the second (10-11, 1-1) quarter, aided scored the by Malrey program's sec- and Kameron ond district Edwards, who win in 16 dis- finished with trict contests, eight points. Whitten -Tracy Malrey, Lehman said main- Lehman senior led 32-22 at taining the intermission current status and never quo helps Lehman even looked back from there. the playing field. A pair of three-pointers "We've been doing this scored by Malrey guided for the past ten games the Lobos to a 43-29 lead and it's been a good after three quarters. Free formula," Whitten said. throws gave Lehman the "We'll keep doing it as edge in the final frame as long as we keep having they outscored Vandegrift success." 15-8 down the stretch. Lehman began slow- Aiding the Lobos was ing the pace of play right the ability to control the from the opening tipoff, pace and slow down the After Vandegrift snagged tempo. A patient atti- an early 2-0 lead, Lehman tude along with fluid bail countered with a 14-6 run movement allowed the to close the first quarter. Lobos to extend posses- They did so by spread- sions and keep the ball ing the floor, taking out of the Vipers' hands. advantage of weak spots "If we're up, there's no and attacking the basket, reason to force anything," Whitten said the ultimate Whitten said. "High goal was to force 6-foot, school kids don't want to 7-inch Vandegrift center play defense for a long Greg Brown III to move time. If you make them, they have a tendency to break down. We were waiting for them to get tired of it, that's when we tried to attack." On defense, the Lobos kept the ball out of Brown's hands. Brown finished the game with a team-high 13 points. Whitten said the Lobos shaded toward perim- eter shooters along with players who helped the backside of plays. "The main game plan was to keep the ball out of (Brown's) hands," Whitten said. "He's been a huge part of their success this year." Obtaining the win was "huge" as it was a confi- dence builder early in the district season, Whitten said. "It means a lot for us," Mairey said. "It's a big step forward and I look forward to many more." PHOTOS BY NATHAN LATSHA Above, Lehman Lobo senior Kameron Edwards (22) denies a shot attempt from Vandegrift Viper Alex Stadthaus (10) during Tuesday's district game at the Lobo Den. Below, Lehman Lobo Kimon Horne attempts a shot over a Vanderfirft Viper Tuesday. BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com The Hays Lady Rebels secured their first win in district play after a double-double from senior forward Jada Finister led to a 19-point win over the Westlake Chaparrals Tuesday night "Making free throws tonight ended up being big for us.. Even though we're fouling, they weren't able to get many points off them." -Danny Preuss, Hays girls basketball coach in Bales Gym. After leading 18-5 to This high percentage A dominant first end the first frame, the free-throw shooting has quarter by the Lady Lady Rebels continued to been a recent theme for Rebels on both the expand on their lead in the Lady Rebels. In a offensive and defensive the second, recent tournament, the sides of the ball set the The short-range team collectively shot 76 foundation for the entire efficiency the Lady Rebels percent over the course of game. were exhibiting in thefour games. For reference, Hays early first quarter transformed there are currently 11 combination of high- into free-throw line NBA teams that are pressure defense and efficiency in the second, shooting less than 76 efficient short-range The refs were calling percent as a team for the shooting was a sharp an extremely tight game, season. contrast fromWesflake's and in a half where "Making free throws lackluster and sloppy both teams combined tonight ended up being start, for 24 free throws - it's big for us," Hays head "We dug ourselves important to knock them coach Danny Preuss a pretty deep hole," down. said. "Even though we're Wesflake head coach Hays went 11-13 from fouling, they weren't able Katie Hensle said. "We're the charity strike in the to get many points off a young team, we're still first half, while Westlake figuring ourselves out. went 2-11. HAYS GIRLS HOOPS, 2B Hays Lady Rebel guard Choon Hee Chae (22) looks to an official and a Westlake Chaparral player scuffle for possession of the game. PHOTO BY TRACY STIRMAN as teammate Gabby Bosquez ball during Tuesday's district i iL iiii it! iiUli ! .... iI