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Page 2B $1 rl Hays Free Press January 25, 2017 t For full entertainment lineup and to purchase tickets, go to SARODEO.COM PRCA LARGE INDOOR TIME OF THE YEAR For more information: 210-225-5851 I PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN Hays High School Lady Reb basketball forward Megan Andrews (center) signed an official letter of intent to play basketball for Concordia University next year. With her parents, sisters, long-time trainer, teachers and friends around her, Megan signed to play with the NCAA Division IIII Tornados. In two years with the Lady Rebs varsity team, Megan either started or was first off the bench for Coach Danny Preuss, regularly being counted on for three points and four clutch rebounds per game. At Concordia, which plays in the American Southwest Conference, Megan will join a team that competes against the likes of Howard Payne, McMurry, Sul Ross, Mary Hardin Baylor, and Hardin-Simmons. Rebel Boys Soccer Continued from pg. 1 B You're fighting people off. with a 0-0 tie. The Rebels left more susceptible on "Fatigue," Burnett said. We just fought off some- held firm early in the sec- defense than usual. "That's all it was. Fatigue body for 70 minutes." ond half, hoping to catch With nine minutes leftand personnel in places Lake Travis was already Lake Travis slipping, in the second half, Lake that Personne!,hasn't dominating time of pos- Finding his way in theTravis scored the go- played before. session and shot oppor- penalty box, Rocky Perez ahead goal off a deflec- Next time around, tunifies before Rios was was the beneficiary of a tion. Burnett said his team will ejected. Playing a short- timely deflection. The"I don't know how the be ready for Lake Travis, handed squad further Cavaliers tried to clear the second goal went in," which begins district play exacerbated their advan- ball out of the zone, but Burnett said. "I have to with a 1-0 record. That tage. it found its way to Perez, watch that one on film." opportunity for Hays will "The whole game who fired the ball into the The Cavaliers added a come Feb. 17 on the road. changed at that 15-min- right corner of the net for third goal for good mea- "Those first 15 minutes, ute mark," Burnett the first goal of the game. sure in the 75th minute we were fine," Burnett said. Everything we had The Rebels lead was when goalkeeper Evan said. "When we get things planned- everything. We short-lived. Ten minutes Barker couldn't handletogether, I'm not worried shook up the formation later, Lake Travis convert- the ball and it dribbled to about Lake Travis next and they were lost. I guess ed the equalizer with 24 a wide-open Lake Travis time we see them." we need a way to adjust to minutes left in the second player. , In the meantime, the something like that. We'll half. Burnett attributed Rebels will still be search- take this as a learning As the game wore on, Lake Travis' goals to ing for its first district vic- experience." and the disadvantage of gradual wear-and-tear ,' tory of the season when Still, Hays managed to playing with 10 players placed on his short-h d- they travel to Wesflake claw through the first half materialized, Hays wased squad. Friday night. Lobe Girls Soccer Continued from pg. 1B The issues led to prob- gave the Lady Trojans a in those positions I felt Lobos have shown solid lems moving the ball up 1-0 lead. they were strongest at." play at times. field and combining to The Lady Lobos re- Garcia said he "mixed While other teams are create a cohesive attack, sponded back roughly 15 up" the lineup in the finding weaknesses, Gar- "It's something we minutes later off of a free second half. However, the cia said those issues are talked about," Garcia said. kick. Lady Lobos were unable"fixable". "Last year, we graduated Lehman's Neftali to generate rhythm. Avoiding breakaway nine seniors. We're trying Mercado secured the ball The Lady Trojans, on opportunities for op- to find our niche and our inside of the 18-yard box the other hand, burst out posing teams could be a chemistry." and drove it into the net of the gate quickly with a critical component for the Senior goalkeeper for the opening score,goal by Anderson roughly defense. Maya Erwin said the Lady Garcia said the team four minutes in. "We want them to Lobos needed to work began to play well at The Lady Trojans' shoot from the outside. on pressing, along with certain points. Helping physical style of play was They have to hit a perfect covering and recovering the Lady Lobos was effec- a factor Lehman struggled shot to beat us there," better on the defensive tive communication that to compete with. Ander- Garcia said. "Our goal- end. fostered several scoring son tallied a third goal keepers are capable." Lehman's struggles chances, at the xxx minute mark, Despite some issues to centered on sophomore Garcia tried during securing the game fix, Erwin was confident forward lami Anderson, the game to implement "It was more physical in the team's ability. who finished with a hat strategies that could work than I anticipated. I didn't "I feel great. This team trick in the game. during district play, along expect to have a physical here (Anderson), we kept It took Anderson less with playing to the team's game at this point before up with them 100 percent. than five minutes into strengths, district," Garcia said. "But This team was like what the match to record her "During the goal, the we have to learn from it." we're going up against first goal, which came girls started communicat- Working to fix the Westlake and Lake Travis. via a breakaway from the ing," Garcia said. "Those defense is necessary for We held our own defen- defense. Anderson's sCore girls were the top players Garcia, who said the Lady sively." Lobo Boys Hoops Continued from pg. 1B mentum seemed to be completely in Lehman's favor, the Lions were methodical with their of- fense. Whenever Lehman seemingly went on a run, the Lions figured out a way to answer. Leander exemplified this style of play in the last minute of the first half. Lehman junior guard Kenny Hender- son, who was the team's leading scorer on the night with 17 points, hit his third three-pointer to extend the lead to 23-16. Back-to-back Leander three pointers, however, followed his bucket. One of which was a turn- around, buzzer-beating, bank-shot from Lions senior center Chase Cotton that slashed the lead down to 23-22 at halftime. Although the Lions managed to take their first lead in the begin- ning of the third quarter, Lehman's confidence did not waiver. They answered with their own 5-0 run, working the ball with the precision andof them for that." only down by two, the Lo- confidence that they had Trailing 43-41, Hen- bos had no timeouts and all game. derson forced a steal and were unable to advance Holding a 38-32 lead went coast-to-coast for the ball past half-court in and the potential to upset the layup to tie the game the 2.5 seconds left in the their divisions current at 43 with 33 seconds left contest. leader in their fingertips, in the game. Leander held on and Lehman head coach Mike After both teams completed their come- Whitten preached the im- scored, the game re- back. portance of ball-security mained tied at 45-45 with '~nywhere in our in the final quarter to his just over 10 seconds to district on the road is team. play. tough," said Leander "I just told them, 'run Lions' senior guard head coach Clint Brad- the clock out' and if you Kobe Thompson took theley. "They've been there don't have a layup or a ball to the rack and was before, they're battle free-throw, don't shoot subsequently, fouled with tested, and I told them it," said Whitten. 3.9 seconds remaining,they're not gonna give But the Lobos, how- Thompson's first at- this to you you're gonna ever, didn't take their tempt rattled offthe back have to take it from them coaches advice, of the rim and seemed to and they stepped up." Henderson, the hero hold in place above the After suffering another for making three's earlier cylinder before bouncing loss in a closely matched in the game, shot another off the front of the rim division game, Whit- three-point attempt de- and in to give the Lions a ten says he hopes his spite his coaches wishes, one-point advantage, team learns from their This decision caused After he missed the mistakes for the second a chain reaction that led second attempt, Cotton, round of district play. to four straight points for proved himself clutch yet "We just got to make the Lions. again, by securing thebetter decisions down Although their lead offensive rebound and the stretch," said Whitten. was dwindling, the Lobos drew a foul. "We're basically starting hustle never stopped. Like Thompson, over again - we're going "I don't fault their ef- Cotton made the first back around through fort at all," said Whitten. attempt and missed thedistrict so hopefully we'll "They play hard, they second, get some of these done really do. I'm really proud Although they were and get some wins." Rebel Girls Hoops Continued from pg. 1B "We can score points. We have the players to score points. We needed to shut them down defensively and that's what we did," Preuss said. But Hays found itself trailing 12-10 to Lake Travis after the first quarter. Lake Travis' Aspen Howie and Nikki Paxton each scored four points in the first frame. Enter the Rebel defense, which snuffed the life out of Lake Tra- vis' offense. Hays ramped up the intensity and limited Lake Travis' offense to two points in the second quarter. Preuss said the team was able to shut down Howie and Jordan Ott, who were the Cavaliers' two largest scoring threats. Meanwhile, Bosquez and Williams combined for nine of the 17 points Hays scored in the period. Other factors includ- ed adept play from Jada Finister and Meagan Andrews in the post. "That run pretty much knocked them out of the game," Pre- uss said. "Defensively, we had a better show- ing tonight." The Rebel onslaught continued into the third quarter as Hays outscored Lake Travis 21-7. Williams, who led the team with seven points in the third quarter, had a "big night," Preuss said. It stemmed from her ability to do the "little things." "She has stepped up and has done the little things. She's been that way for four years solid," Preuss said. Tuesday's win evened Hays' district mark at 4-4 with four games remaining. The Reb- els control their own fate, as a road win over Westlake could clinch a playoff berth. Looking ahead to the postseason, however, isn't something Preuss is doing just yet. "Friday is a big game, I told them," Preuss said. "If we get two wins this week, we're in. 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