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Page 2B SPOBI"S Hays Free Press January 30, 2013 + Playoff Hopes Continued from pg. 1B For Lehman head coach Ja- for second place in district with mie Coy and her Lobos, just set- Kerrville Tivy, which also has an fling on one win will not suffice. 8-3 district record. However, if "We need to finish strong," the season ended today, Hays said Coy, who will be leading would fall to the third playoff the Lobos against tough oppo- spot, as Tivy holds the fiebrealc sition over the next few games. In terms of playoff seeding, Lehman closes out the year on the opportunities are wide open the road against Kerrville Tivy, for the Lady Rebels. Hays could followed by the home finale take second seed ifthey win two against Lockhart on Friday, be- or all three remaining games of fore travelling to play district the year, plus have Kerrville Tivy leader Schertz Clemens on Feb. lose a game. 5. Should the Lady Rebels win The road to playoffglory does their remaining regular season not daunt the Lady Lobos, who games, then have Schertz Clem- are ready to face the challenge; ens lose one, Hays would clinch none more so than Stephens. the district championship and "We're ready to win," said Ste- the first seed. phens after the win over Seguin. However this playoff seeding "We're ready to hold our playoff race transpires, the Lady Rebels' spot." ultimate goal is to prepare for a lengthy postseason run. Hays will be looking to advance be- Hays Lady Rebels yond the second round of the For the fifth straight season OIL Playoffs, which has been in a row, the third season under the stopping point for the pro- current Hays head coach Danny gram over the past two seasons. Preuss, the Hays Lady Rebels "We're trying to fine tune ev- have clinched a spot in the HIL erything we do," said Preuss, "to playoffs, keep playing good Hays defense Strong guard play has been and execute on offense. If we do the backbone of the Lady Reb- that, we have a pretty good shot els' success in 2012. Led by se- (at going far)." nior guard Lindsey McCurdey, Hays begins their playoff Hays rattled off a big 64-39 up- preparation with two road set of state-ranked Schertz Cle- games, against Seguin and mens last Friday. Boerne Champion, then close Currently, Hays, 22-8 for the the home schedule against Ala- season and 8-3 in district, is tied mo Heights on Feb. 5. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Marbridge takes it to rim Greg Galey (center) snags the ball from the Marbridge "Green" team during an exhibition game during Hays High Rebels' Tuesday night match in Bales Gym. Galey is assisted by John Charles Lee (left) and Kyle Leyden. The Marbridge men's basketball team is the reining statewide Special Olympics Basketball Champions. Special Olym- pics will be held this year at UT-Arlington later this spring. Lobo Basketball: Power past Seguin 66-45 Continued from pg. 1B only trailing 26-24 at hafftime. The edge for the Lady Lo- bos became the team's ability to quicken the tempo, moving the ball quickly down court and setting up for easy shots. "When we mn the court, we take a look at the defense and constantly scan for open shoot- ers," said sophomore guard Angel Cruz, who was a big part of the Lobo attack on Seguin's defense. Senior post Ashley Stephens, who finished with 12 points, described the frantic pace both teams played at that point. "It's a rush. Everyone is con- stanfly trying to get open, to get to the basket. We just needed to get open to hit our baskets," said Stephens. The third quarter saw the Lady Lobos utilize that offen- sive mentality to much success, as the team stretched out the Seguin defense, overwhelming them with their size and speed. Lehman's ability to control the tempo completely changed the flow of the game, allowing the Lady Lobos to completely seize momentum. By the end of the third quar- ter, Lehman had garnered a sizeable 45-35 lead, outscoring Seguin 21-9 in the quarter. Lady Lobo senior guard Brea Cheatham became the cog which turned the Lehman machine, as her team high 14 points helped guide Leh- man's sensational third quarter. Cheatham attributed the team's success toward a more focused effort on the floor. "In the first half, we ran our offense the way we wanted to. That simply did not work. "Ilae second half. we played to how (Coach Coy) wanted us to play, In the end, we hustled more and put forth more effort," said We had to make the necessary stay in control of their playoff Cheatham, whose play became corrections to ensure that we lives. a beacon for the rest of the could win the rebounding ef- Lehman's victory is an ira- team. fort," said Coy. portant one, as the Lady Lobos Seguin would try to mount a Ultimately, Coy was proud hold on to the fourth and final small rally in the fourth quarter, of the way her Lady Lobos re- playoff spot in District 27-4A. but to no avail. Lehman would grouped after the slow start. The team improves to 16-14 on sink shots down the stretch, "We normally start off slow. the year, 6-5 in district play. eventuallyclaimingthe21point However, we picked it up and The Lady Lobos will travel victory, executed well. The biggest thing to Kerrville Tivy on Jan. 29 for The play of the post players was that the defense mined it another big district game. Tivy made the biggest difference around; we had been preaching currently holds the third place in the second half. While the defense all week long. The play spot behind Hays. scoring ability of Stephens and of the defense played a big part Leading the Lady Matadors senior Ariana Gallegos, who in our getting a win," said Coy. were senior guard Shawna Cole scored 11 points, kept Lehman Stephens talked post-game with a game high 17 points, ahead, their presence in the about how much this Lobojunior guard Sabrina Segovia paint assisted the Lobos in out- squad wanted this victory, finished with nine and senior rebounding Seguin by a consid- "In the second half, we came post Kfisti Garza with eight. O1- erable margin, out with fire. 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