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+ Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press January 27, 2016 With two Anderson Trojan junior Charles Bohannon Friday at Bales Gym. PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ defenders trailing him, Hays Rebel (center) skies toward the basket BY SPENCER SPILMAN The Hays Rebels played another close game against a fundamentally sound Anderson Trojan team Friday at Bales Gym. But a blown Hays lead allowed Anderson to craft a great comeback to win 50-47. Hays started the first quarter on fire from the floor, while Anderson couldn't hit anything. Hays' Dawson Mo- reland and Matthew Rindahl hit three pointers, while Charles Bohannon distributed the ball on a few of his eight assists. Rindahl, who led the Rebels with 12 points, guided Hays to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter. But the Trojans, who had a tough time on of- fense in the first quarter, turned up the heat in the second. After holding Anderson to just two points in the first quarter, the Rebels were limited to only two points in the second frame. A 13-point Hays lead was quickly cut down after the Rebel offense stalled and Anderson started getting the shots to fall. Anderson's Colin Frame was the catalyst for An- derson as he dominated inside and scored a game- high 19 points. Hays lead shrunk to 17- 12 at halftime. Anderson in the second half continued the scor- ing while Hays just tried to keep up. Frame dominated while Adam Brutocao, who finished with 14 points in the game, caught fire from long range. Brutocao and Frame were the only two players for Anderson to score in double figures. Hays had three players in double figures. Bo- hannon finished with 10 points. Rebel guard Dustin Bruno turned his game up in the second half. He finished with 11 points as he took over Hays' of- fense. The Trojans won the third quarter and found a way to tie the game for the first time. After three quarters, both teams were tied at 30 points each, which set up an exciting fourth quarter. Hays had every op- portunity to win the game but missed several easy layups and found itself behind. Anderson continued to knock down shots as Hays attempted to answer. The Trojans knocked down free-throws while the Rebels missed six throughout the game, which ultimately cost them. Hays head coach Sam Lunz was disappointed in the finish of the game, and especially the missed free-throws and turn- overs. "We did all the right things in order to win the game, but we missed some key flee-throws down the stretch and missed some layups that I would say we normally would make," said Lunz. Hays will host Westlake at home on Friday. BY KYLE LEHNICK A pair of goals was the difference Friday as the Hays Lady Rebels de- feated the crosstown rival Lehman Lady Lobos 2-0 Friday night at Lobo Field. But the intensity and focus both teams dis- played helped keep the final score of the game in limbo. According to Hays head coach Brent Holcomb, both teams "show up" in ways they don't "in any other game all year long." "They know each other, they're friends with each other and play club soccer with each other," Hol- comb said. "There's a lot of respect, there's a lot of familiarity, so it's special." Each team had ample scoring opportunities during the course of the match. Hays controlled possession in the first half and had a few more shots on goal. One chance came when a Rebel forward took a shot at the upper corner from 45 feet off of a give- and-go pass. The shot was saved by Lehman junior goalkeeper Maya Erwin. Lehman had two rapid- fire shots on goal deflect off the Hays goalkeeper and then a Rebel defender. Hays found the net off of a corner kick before the half closed to take a 1-0 lead. Holcomb said the Lady Rebels played a "level- headed" game in the first half, and that they were able to keep possession. But he said the Lady Lo- bos changed their scheme in the second half. "They came out and pressed us high," Hol- comb said. "(Lehman) really wanted it and had a lot of great chances, I really felt like the halves were evenly split, they played us as hard as we played them." The Lobos had an open-net opportunity slip through their fingers when the Hays goalkeeper pushed too far up field. A Lady Rebel defender was the only barrier be- tween the attacking Lobo and the net. "We didn't match them in the second half when they came at us, we didn't pick it up. We got lucky four or five times, I told my girls, I guess you've been saying your prayers," said Holcomb. Hays found the net one more time to secure a 2-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the match. The Lobos travel to play at Lake Travis on Friday, then play Akins at Burger Stadium on Feb. 1. Hays travels to play at Bowie Friday at Burger Stadium. They host Lake Travis at Shelton Stadium on Feb. 1. PHOTO BY CHAPARRAL PHOTO Lehman Lady Lobo striker Messly Navar- ro (9) attempts to hold off a Hays Rebel defender from acquiring possession of the soccer ball during Friday's Hays/Lehman game at Shel- ton Stadium. Browse and buy photos online at www. haysfreepress. corn under the photos link. mega szgns Lehman High School softball standout catcher Kynslee Noriega made it official recently. When she graduates this year, she'll be continuing her softball career, playing ball for the Cisco College Lady Wranglers. Noriega is starting her fourth year on Lady Lobo varsity, a team that looks to her as its captain. She was 1st Team All-District catcher as a sophomore and junior, Academic All- District as a freshman, and is a multi-year member of the Lehman National Honor Society. Cisco College competes in Region V of the National Junior College Athletic Association, with conference foes the likes of Temple College, Kilgore College, Hill College, and Weatherford College. As a Lady Wrangler, Noriega will be playing for Coach Leslie Dean next year. PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY NORIEGA !:iiii::~ :~ iii~ li! iiiiii Rusas.Clamatos. SmirooffPreperadas ~/!~ Pina Coladas Beer To Go Micheladas Ice Lady Rebel Hoops: Rebs beat Maroons 54-26 Continued from pg. 1B tonight: to play good the court. Preuss said Austin to play at Westlake on defense," said head gifts Hays built a 30-10 High's size shook up the Friday at 7 p.m. Wesflake basketball coach Danny lead over Austin High by Lady Rebel offense in the currently holds the sec- Preuss. "We hit some big halftime, zone. ond plaqe spot in District shots when we needed to "When you have The Lady Maroons, 14-6A. Hays returns hit our shots." enough points the first however, were not able to home on Feb. 2 as they Hays' tenacious half to win, I think you've keep their momentum inhost Bowie at Bales Gym. defense continued into played a pretty good the second half. Tip-off is scheduled for the second quarter as it game," Preuss said. Hays controlled the 7:30 p.m. disconnected Austin High Austin High got the ball pace of play in the fourth "When you go in feel- passes and kept the Lady rolling after halftime. The quarter. Hays continued ing confident and know- Maroons from staying Maroons shortened the to snag rebounds and ing you have a shot to win beneath the basket, gap by limiting the Lady were able to hit shotsthe game, that's good," That allowed the Lady Rebels' scoring capabili- from three-point range. Preuss said. "(The team) Rebels to push the ball up ties. The Lady Rebels travelis always confident." 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