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L HaysFreePress.com Hays CISD musical opens Thursday, Feb. 3. - Page 41B January 26, 2011 Page lb success as a senior Ptl01~ BY JAS~i GOlU~I A losing streak earlier in the season had Lady Rebel Jaieasa Jones questioning her passion for basketball, but her rejuvenation as a team leader isthe key reason the Lady Rebels are currently playing their best basketball of the y~. BY W~RK gAUL '~dter we lost our second last year. I was worried about gameindistrictIalmostwant- whether we would all be on freepresssports@yahoo.com ed to stop playing basketball the same page." because I just couldn't deal Jones, who played sparing- Jaleasa ]ones hates to lose. with losing anymore," ]ones ly last season for Donny Mc- She hates it so much it almost said. "I just wasn't motive(ted Donald's squad that advanced made her abandon the game enough to play at the high to the third round of the play: she loves, level that people expect us to offs, was one of only two se- Because of the rich tradi- play at here at Hays." niors who saw any significant tion the girls basketball team Some of ]ones' early pes- time on the floor during that has enjoyed over the past simism was based on whatrun. The other was shooting three decades, winning has she witnessed in practice ses- guard Asldee Johnson. become almost second na- sions as a member of the var- First-year head coach ture to Jones and the Lady sit), team last season. Danny Preuss, who took over Rebels. "When I got moved up to when McDonald retiredin the So when they struggled the varsity, our practices were offseason, figured it wouldn't mightily to find their way at very hard because that's what be an easy transition for a rel- the beginning of the current Coach Mac expected," said atively inexperienced group season, it not only threatened ]ones. "The junior varsity of upperclassmen. to put a damper on the legacy practices weren't as difficult "Most people just assumed of what past teams had ac- so I was worried that some that this group would just complished, it begin to take of the players who would be step on the court and take its toll on Jones - both men- on this year's team wouldn't over where that last class left tally and physically, take it as serious as we did off," Preuss said. "But in real- ity, the girls that make up this trict play with a losing record, year's senior class were mostly and then dropping two games role players last year so they to begin the 27-4A season, aren't as experienced as the something happened. .groups that have had in Jones became a leader and the past. So it didn't surprise the Lady Rebels started win- me too much when we got off ning games in bunches. to such a slow start." Jones was unstoppable, For Jones, the toll of start- scoring 20 points in Hays' key ing over with new teammates district win at second-place and a new coach began to Canyon High last week, and negatively affect her love for played a big role in a victory the game of basketball, against Lehman Tuesday "Coach Preuss was very up- night. The Lady Rebels won set at me early in the season five straight district games because of my attitude on the in a row at one point before court," said Jones. "He told me falling against undefeated I needed to step up if I want- Smithson Valley Friday night ed this team to be successful, and are now in key position But after being on a team like with a 6-3 mark in 27-4A with last year's team and winning the playoffs just around the all those games, it was tough corner. to stay positive." But after heading into dis- See LADY REBEL DRIVE, pg. 2B 7 PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAg-BNffOII Luis Beltran (left) and the Hays I~ys soccer team remained undefeated heading into Distdct 49-4A play. BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoocom The Hays High boys soccer team nearly ran the table with a perfect record in non-district play. Only a tie with Smithson Val- ley Saturday at the Vista Ridge Showcase kept Hays unbeaten and untied. Still, the Rebels' 9-0- 1 non-district record is mighty impressive. "We are getting better every game," said Hays head coach Jason Bumett. "This is a very special group of hard working players." In a rematch of a hi-district playoff game Hays won last year. in a shootout, the Rebels handled Austin-LBJ more easily at Vista Ridge's Gupton Stadium with a 4-2 victory. Christian Varela and ]ared Herselman scored two goals apiece In the win against the /aguars. ; Against SmithsonValle~ Hays led 2-1 late before the Rang- ers tied things up on a penalty kick. ;Hays got an easy win on the road at Giddings Tuesday to be- 8itZ the disU ct season. "We ate PlaYin-8 great heads ~" i REBEL BOYS SOCCER, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLQVAK-BARTON Canyon Lake High's Lauren Cooper goes all out, diving to defend her team's goal dudng the Lady Rebel Cup. Lehman's Melinda Perez- Gentry tries her best to get a shot off, but in the end the Hawks prevailed over the Lady Lobos 3-1 in pool play action. Neither Hays nor Lehman advanced to any of Saturday's title games. Pflugerville Hendrickson pulled off an upset to win the Lady Rebel Cup title, knocking off previously undefeated San Antonio Reagan 2-1 in the finals. After slow start, Lady Lobos finish strong Rebel Cup BY MARK CAUL freepresssports~iahoo.com R was a far cry from the rainy and sloppy mess they had to endure at last year's Rebel Cup but the blustery conditions that plagued much of the early part of competition definitely set the tone for a long weekend for the Lehman High girls soccer team at this year's event. "The wind and weather wasn't very nice to us," Lehman head coach Nauri Garcia said. "The ball was doing a l~ot of crazy things, especially in our first two games on Thursday." Unfortunately, the Hendrickson Lady Hawks were the benefactors of tho=se crazy bounces - scoring two early goals en route to a 6-0 shutout of Lehmaxz in the opening round of pool play. Two of LHendrickson's scoring plays symbolized how the first round of ac- tion would go for the Lady Lobos. The first goal coming on a successful header from Samantha Nunez that spiraled and found its way Into the net from about 25 feet out. Moments later, Natalie Morales fired a wind-aided shot that sailed over the heads of a couple of Lehman defenders and into the net for their second score of the contest. See REBEL CUP, pg 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman's Adam Woodworth (left) and Tarale Murry were big reasons the Lobos were able to beat Hays for a second time this season. BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com There was a time when most Lehman boys basketball fans were resigned to the fact that they would never beat Hays Never in their wildest dreams did they ever believe they would beat them twice in one season. But on Tuesday night at the packed Lobo Den, Leh- man was celebrating a season sweep of the Rebels after a 48- 29 romp. It was the fourth win over Hays in the past six games for Lehman as senior post Tarale Murry paced the Lobos with 15 points. "I couldn't be happier for the group of seniors in that locker room," Lehman head coach Thomas Acker said. "When I saw the look in the faces, you could teU it really meant some- thing to them. And it meant something to the Lehman stu- dent body and community." The: Lobos, who remain RBEL-LOB0 HOOPS, pg. 2B in win " BY JASON GORDON a game-high 20 points for Hays. team, which has now won six of seconds into the fourth quarter, "Coach (Danny) Preuss did a seven District 27-43, games after but it was all Hays from there. . freepresssports~ahoo.oorn great job at the beginning of the losing its first two. Johnson played her best quar- - " season teaching every one of us to "I haven't been a head coach for ter since coming back from the The Lady Rebels are a strange play each position on the court," a long time, but I've never seen izajured list to help the Lady Rebs basketball team. Alcantara said. "We know if we anything like I have this year with pull away, as she stole a pass and It would make a lot of sense if needed Jaleasa, who is a power injuries," Preuss said of his Lady oonverted it into a layup and then losing their seventh player to in- forward, to play point guard, she Rebel team that suited up eight took a pass from Alcantara before jury this year would mean the could. That's what makes this team varsity players Tuesday night. 'And dMving the left baseline for anoth- losses started piling up late in the work. That's how we can overcome this is a Hays team that a lot of e~r easy basket. season, these injuries., people said at the beginning of the Alcantara assisted on another Instead, the exact opposite has Johnson, who missed more than season wasn't going to make the Johnson layup and then Johnson happened, as it d)d in Tuesday a month with a broken rib, said playoffs in this district because of e=asily broke Lehman's full-court night's 62-45 victory over Lehman the team has actually grown much the seniors we lost to graduation, p,ress and found Cassia Norris for at Bales Gym. stronger because of the injury situ- Now, I think with the toughness amother low-post shot, and Hays Playing without starting poInt ation, we've developed we can play with led 55-37 with five minutes left in guard Javon Sancedo, who injured "We know if someone gets hurt, anybody if we're making shots." t~e game. her hamstring Friday night against it's time for someone else to step Hays was definitely making its "We just stopped playing de- Smithson Valley, Nicole Alcantara, up and fill a role for awhile," said share against Lehman, as the Lady fense," said Lehman head coach Mariana Sigala and Ashlee John- Johnson, who finished with 12 Rebs hit 26 of 45 shots fzom the Jamie Coy. "We gave up way too son stepped in to combine for 21 points and seven assists against field (58 percent) for the game. many easy points." assists for the Lady Rebels. Lehman. "Overcoming adversity Bria Cheatham's offensive re- Hays plays at Alamo Heights Jaleasa Jones was the recipient of has bonded our team together." bound and puthack for Lehman F:'riday night while Lehman hosts most ofthose passes, as she scored Preuss said he's proud of his cut the Hays lead to 47-38 a few Canyon. over PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Cassia Norris and the Lady Rebel gids basketball team won their sixth 27-4A game in their last seven district contests with a victory over Lehman night at Bales Gym. +