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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press • January 6, 2010 Hays hoops hot streak strikes just in time BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays boys basketball team might be on the verge of a hot streak at exactly the right time of the season. The Rebels got off to a fast start in the Fredericksburg Tournament with a victory • over Ingram Moore before eventually going 2-2 in the tournament. Hays had a chance to win every single game it played in the tourney. "I was proud of the way we played," Hays head coach Kris Fuller said. "We competed well and gave ourselves a chance to win, and that's all you can ask for." Freshman Caleb Kimbro, who averaged 18 points per game in Fredericksburg and was named to the All-Tournament Team, got Hays offto a hot start against Ingrain Moore, nailing three first-quarter 3-pointers. The Rebels led 26-25, and eventually pulled away for a 55-50 victo Kirnbro led the Rebs with 19 points, while Brandon Alvarado added 10 points. Forrest Miller had seven of his nine points in the second half. "k was nice to see some of that hard work we've put in pay off," Fuller said. "I'm see- ing some of our young players understand where they fit in their roles and that will defi- nitely help us get some wins." Hays next lost to Eagle Pass 61-50 despite a comeback attempt that came up short af- ter the break. Eagle Pass came out on fire, nailing four 3-pointers in the first quarter and the Rebs were forced to play catch-tup the rest of the way. ICunbm once again led Hays with 15 points, and Alvarado added 13 points. The most heartbreaking loss for Hays (4-15) in the tournament was a 50-49 de- feat on Saturday moming at the hands of Harper in double overtime. Miller had eight first half points as the Rebels jumped out to a 22-17 halftime lead. Hays continued to hold the lead until a late steal and layup by Harper's Antonio Mid- dleton sent the game into overtime. After nothing could be settled in the first overtime frame; the Rebels went up by four points in double overtime on the strength of a Kimbro 3-pointer and an Isaiah W'd- liams free throw, but two more untimely ttuovers helped Harper take the lead with five seconds to play. Hays had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Alvarado's shot bounced away. "That was a game we should have won," Fuller said. "It's tough to let those get away, but we have to learn from it." Hays finished the tournament with a re- sounding 48-31 win over Vandegrift. The Rebels jumped out to a 24-14 lead and never looked back. Kimbro led Hays with 17 points. Now, with their tournament schedule over and only 11 district games remaining, Fuller said his team can't use its youth as an excuse anymore. "There are no more young players any- more," he said. "They've all had nearly 20 varsity games under their bek. I still believe we definitely have a chance to do well in district, but the next couple of veeks will tell us a lot." Hays will host district favorite DelValle Fri- day night before traveling to Elgin on Jan. 12. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Hays freshman guard Caleb Kimbro nails a 3-pointer from the right baseline. The Rebels went 2-2 last week at the Fredericksburg Tournament and Kimbro, who averaged 18 points during the four games, was named All-Tournament. Lehman Girls Basketball To schedule an aapointment, call 512-694-1746 Continued from pg. 1B Garza's 18-point effort in the win further stamped her remarkable season and career as a Lady Lobo. "It's an outstanding achievement for BriAnna," Leh- man head coach Danny Preuss said. "I'm extremely proud of her." Garza has akeady scored 425 points this season for the Lady Lobos. "This is definitely my best year shooting the ball at LehmAn," Garza said. 'dl my hard work has paid off and I'm very honored to be in this position." After beating FaithVictorian, and rolling to a huge win over Conroe Lifestyle 61-12 in the second round, Leh- man nearly coughed up a big lead to one of the.teams expected to vie for the tournament title in perennial pa- rochial school power Houston Second Baptist. The hot shooting of Garza, Bekah Lucio and Amara Smith helped Lehman build a 40-19 lead. Garza was once again in ranfied air for the Lady Lobos, nailing sev- en three pointers and totaling 27 points in the half. As it turned out, the Lady Lobos would need every one of those points as Second Baptist came roaring back in the second half outscoring Lehman 28-10 in the second half. Much of the damage came after Garza fouled out midway through the fourth quarter. "We played the best half of basketball in the first half that we have played all year but then we almost gave it away in the second half because we quit working on the defensive end," Preuss said. "I'm just glad we were able to hold on and win that game." The Lady Lobos squared off against Rosehill Chris- tian (24-4) in the championship, but failed to answer the bell as the Lady Eagles got off to a blazing start behind 19 points from guard Emily Sebo and rolled to an easy 45-19win. Down 12-7 after the first quarter, a scoreless second quarter proved to be Lehman's undoing in their lopsid- ed title loss. "We just didn't shoot the ball particularly well in that game," said Preuss. "They were a good defensive team that forced us into some mistakes and it cost us." The Lobos finished with 19 turnovers in the loss. 's a team we were very stagnant and it showed on the floor," Preuss said. "I was really disappointed in the • waywe played in that championship game.We go as Bri goes, and she didn't have her best game." Both Garza and Smith were named to the all-tourna- ment team. Although Garza rebounded in Lehman's next home game with 21 points, the Lady Lobos were dealt another non-district loss against Boeme Champion 54-46. Throughout much of the game, neither team led by more than six points until Bailee Tayior's 3-pointer rolled around the rim several times and finally settled through and the Greyhounds were up 48-39 late in the fourth quarter. That's when Lehman (14-11) began a late run with Lucio and Garza each rattling home a pair of 3-pointers from the baseline to pull Lehman within 48-45 with just under two minutes remaining. But Boeme's Katie Moore made six consecutive free throws down the stretch to stave off the late Lady Lobo charge. Despite the loss, Preuss believes his squad's success at the tournament will be beneficial as district play re- sumes Friday night at Manor. "We're at the point where if we play defense, we can play with anybody," Preuss said. "But if we don't play defense, we can lose to anybody. It's just a matter of the girls stepping up and playing hard and winning the games we need to win." Lehman Boys Basketball Continued from pg. 1B Coach Thomas Acker's squad fin- ished 1-3 in the tournament after opening with an impressive 69-48 win over Goliad. "We didn't do a very good job of protecting the ball during this tour- nament." Acker said. "We had spurts where we made good decisions with the ball but for the most part, we al- lowed our opponents to take us out of our game." In the opening round, the Goliad Pirates were successful in shutting down Lehman freshman guard De- Andre Carson in the first half, limit- ing him to just four points. But Carson and senior forward Jon Garrion scored 14 and 12 points respectively as the Lobes used a strong second half to surge past the Pirates 69-46. In the second game of pool play, the host Pirates broke open a close game midway through the second quarter, finishing with a quick run to take a 39-20 halftime lead that they wouldn't relinquish in their 67- 46 romp over the Lobos. Losses to Salado (57-46) and Gregory-Portland (80-57) sent the Lobos back home with a bit of game experience if little else. "Our goal going into this tourna- ment was to do better than we did the previous year," Acker said. "Since we won three games last season, we obviously didn't do that. Butwe were able to get our young guys some more • experience before district starts." Lehman will return to district ac- tion Friday when the Lobos host one of the district favorites, Manor High, beginning at 7 p.m, The Lobos then travel to San Mar- cos Jan: 12, before hosting another district power, DelValle, on Jan. 15. , i' :, , : i'i':;'  ir /  i " Lehman SoccerAiming high Continued from pg. 1B season. "(Oscar) Martinez never reallygot a chance to get back to his old form last season because he never was completely health" Sansom said. "He plays at such a high level that he doesn't know how to pace himself. But I'm excited to see what he can do this year." Garcia will again be one of the fea- tured scorers for the Lobos at crunch time after scoring twelve goals last season as a sophomore. "(Oscar) Garcia is one of our most talented players and he will definite- ly be one of the players we hope will give us some offensive punch this year," said Sansom. In addition, junior Cory Berg- strom, who was one of Lehman's toughest defenders in 2009 will help solidify a talented Lobo defense. The Lobos have been very solid in their three scrimmages and will open the season at this weekend's Rebel Cup. The annual tournament looks to field its most competitive field yet as defending champion Eagle Pass CC Winn, two-time champion Cor- pus Christi King, Austin Bowie, Vista Ridge and Hays will do battle in the 16-team event which begins on Thursday. Lehman faces Lockhart in their opener on Thursday morning before completing pool play against Austin Crockett and Eagle Pass. "This year's field will be tough from top to bottom," Sansom said. "It will be the first year Bowie isn't in our draw but we will still have our hands full with the three teams we will play." The Lobos also have non-district games scheduled against Round Rock Westwood and Manor before closing out non-district play with a trek to the Seguin Tournament on January 22-23. Sansom expects Dripping Springs, Hays and Canyon High to be among the .early favorites to capture the league title this season. "Dripping Springs will be really good again and will probably be the team to beat. Hays will be in the mix as well with all the talent that they have and Canyon is well coached and is always tough," Sansom said. "It should be an interesting district race." One of the goals for Sansom and his squad in 2010 is to retum to the first round of the playoffs and ad- vance. "We certainly have run into a couple of good teams in both of our playoff games over the past two years," Sansom said. "But one of the things we want to accomplish this postseason if we play well enough to get there is to  and iliad a way to win those dose games. But first we have to take care of our business in the district. That means taking every one of our opponents seriously and playing hard every night, If we do that, we'll give ourselves a chance to compete with anybody." Vendor spaces inside & out - Singles $30 weekly & up Outside & yard sale spaces - $7 per day & SIS per day Rebel Cup Preview: Play begins Thursday for Hays, Lehman Continued from pg. 1 B last season, is in a pool with King, Pleasanton and Kerrvilie Tivy. Lehman's pool includes Lockhart, CC Winn and Crock- ett. Hays opens the tournament Thursday against Pleasanton at Shelt0n Stadium, beginning at 5 p.m. Lehman plays Crockett on Thursday at Shelton Stadium beginning at 3 p.m. Each team in the tourna- ment will play one game each on Thursda:fi Friday and Satur- day, and the top two teams after pool play is complete based on a point system (six points for a win, three points for a tie, two points for a shutout and one point for every goal your team scores up to three per game) will compete for the Rebel Cup title at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Shelton Stadium. The third and fourth place teams will square offat 1 p.m. at Shelton Stadium, and the fifth and sixth place teams will play for the consolation title Saturday at Barton Middle, beginning at 1 p.m. "Whichever teams get through to the Rebel Cup finals will be playing some pretty good soccer," Bumett said. "Getting through this field will be a great test for anyone." As far as h/s Rebels go, Burnett has reason to not only be optimistic for success in this week,s toumament, but all season long. Returning is star center-mid- fielder Joe Garcia, who plays on one of the top select teams in the country. "Joe's biggest asset is his atti- tude," Burnett said. '?s soon as the whistle blows, it's go time. He has a great presence on the soccer field." Bumett's other returning starters include defender Julian Salas-Porras, center-midfielder Jared Herselman, midfielder Emmanuel Hemandez, goal keeper Luke Adams, and cen- ter-midfielder Parker Thornton. Bumett said he's excited to see Thornton, a sophomore who started last year as a fresh- man, progress. "It's great to watch Parker and Joe out there on the field together," Burnett said. "Parker's a workhorse. It's fun to watch the way he and Joe love the game and always have a smile on their faces." Burnett is also excited about two freshmen, Omar Rangel and Christian Berela, who played together at Dahlslxom Middle School and will start at forward on the varsity. "It's like they share a brain and a foot," Bumett said. "They combined for three goals in our alumni game. With th,eir skill level and creativity, I don't see any reason they can't average a goal apiece per game for us." Hays will host Steelle Jan. 12, before traveling to the Boeme Tournament Jan. 14416. The Rebels open the district season Jan. 26 at Canyon Lake High. Art of FARMER00 Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO * HOME • LIFE * B( AT * HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C * Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 • Fax: 312-0688 Emait: dvthames@ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9arn-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated " ADWARE • SPYWARE MALWARE • VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband internet access) • Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2009 • Mfr. 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