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+ Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press January 18, 2017 Lady Rebel Hoops: Fall to Vandergrift in overtime Continued from pg. 1B Boys Hoops overtime. The score, improbably enough, was tied at 52-52 after four quarters. "We're the type of team that can do that," said coach Danny Preuss. "We made them panic a little bit. It was great to get to overtime." When the overtime period started, it was Hays' turn to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. A risky cross-court pass led to a turnover and free throws for the Vipers. Then Bosquez, who finished with a game-high 32 points, missed a free throw off "1 learned we have heart and that we can play with intensity," Preuss said. "We just have to do that all the time." -Danny Preuss, Lady Rebels head basketball coach the front of the rim. with a 59-58 win and Hays dropped to Vandegrift returned to its undefeated district 16-12 overall and 3-4 the line, missed a free record still intact, in district, putting throw and two Hays "It was four things inthem four games players lost control the span of a minute behind district-leading of the uncontested that spelled the end,"Vandegrift. A win rebound. Preuss said. "It's nothing Tuesday night would That extra possession the girls wanted to do, have cut the Vipers' - with the score tied in but it just didn't go our district lead to two overtime - was the final way. In a game like this games. blow. Vandegrift made a you need to execute the "We needed that one," free throw and escaped little things to win."Preuss said. "It kind of got away from us for a little bit." With five district games left in the season, Preuss is hoping for more of the Hays Lady Rebel team that erased a nine-point deficit in under three minutes instead of the version that coughed away'a lead. "I learned we have heart and that we can play with intensity," Preuss said. "We just have to do that all the time." The Lady Rebels have a week off until its Jan. 24 district matchup against Lake Travis. Continued from pg. 1B experience, Sandoval said the Rebels had "several guys" on junior varsity last year. "It's a big difference," Sandoval said. "We are still getting there." Hays will travel to take on Lake Travis Friday before squaring off against state-ranked Westlake Jan. 27 at Bales Gym. "They all want to win and they are understanding what needs to be done to get there," Sandoval said. "We're closing that gap." Lady Lobe Hoops: Fall to Chaps 48-24 Continued from pg. 1B next year, we're going to be better.'" Halatin lauded the Lady Lobos' effort Friday, which allowed them to orchestrate a critical second quarter run to close a substantial points gap. Lehman utilized their pressure defense to take an early 4-0 first quarter lead before Westlake stormed right back. A 14-3 Westlake run allowed the Chaparrals to take a 14-7 lead early in the second frame. The Lobos responsed by going on a 6-0 scoring spurt to close the Chaparral lead to one point at 14-13. Westlake powered ahead for a 7-0 nm to close the first half with a 21-13 lead. Halatin said a spotlight was placed on effort following the team's loss to Lake Travis. Lehman's run in the second quarter was the "most effort in a game we've seen since district PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lady Lobo Samirah Cunningham (left) attempts to rip possession of the ball away from West- !ake Chaparral Sydney Davis (15) during Friday's district tilt at the Lobo Den. (Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications.smugmug.com.) Started," Halatin said. ForcingWestlake to adjust to their effort, rather than the Lady Lobos adjusting to Westlake's game plan, was a sign of progress, Halatin said. "The girls were excited at halftime. They had a bounce to them. I told them, 'this is what games should feel like. We're down by seven, but who cares, you're playing and you're in the mix,'" Halatin said. But Westlake's size advantage, along with Lobo shooting woes, provided the Chaparrals momentum to pull away in the second half. Westlake claimed a 34-21 lead at the end of the third quarter, followed by outscoring the Lobos 14-3 in the final frame. Halatin said Westlake was active and attacked the glass in the second half. He told his team they needed tenacity and "to borrow from Gregg Popovich, we had to 'bring the nasty.'" "That's a cultural thing, we just don't' have that grit," Halatin said. "I'm not going to say we don't have fight, but we don't have the tenacity to slam into that girl before she gets the rebound." Despite the struggles, Halatin said the Lady Lobos are "getting there" as far as tenacity and grit goes. He said the team is "battling at this point," which he said what coaches are asking for. Working on some of the little things, such as continuing to build a cohesive basketball IQ, continues to be a point of progress for the team. Halatin said working to simplify halffime adjustments to allow players to play freely has been successful. "We're learning though, that's the beauty of this game," Halatin said. "Every day is a learning experience and the girls are getting better at that." Lehman will attempt to snap a five game losing streak at Leander Friday before hostingVista Ridge Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lobo Den. Lady Reb Soccer: Youth abounds Continued from pg. 1 B features several perennial soccer powerhouses. Vista Ridge, which enters the 6A ranks this year, finished as state semifinalists in Class 5A in 2015.Vandegrift, also new to 6A, finished as regional finalists in 5A. Hays will also com- pete against familiar foes in Westlake, which went through a coaching change in the offseason, along with Lake Travis and rival Lehman. Holcomb said assessing the change from a senior- laden group to a young "It's kind of hard to tell when you're changing districts how would this group stand up ... They're skilled players. They're young and they're skilled. I look to the next three years in a lot of cases." - Brent Holcomb, Hays High girls soccer head coach team is different due to the competition base they now face, Holcomb said. But with youth also brings progression, both now and in the future. Hays successfully put its skills to the test last weekend by claiming 4th place at the Brazos Valley Cup soccer tournament in Bryan/College Station. + Maybe your idea of retirement is having a second career or working part time, volunteering or indulging in your favorite hobbies. Doing the things you want to do is what retirement should be all about. 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