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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press February 6, 2013 + BY JOSHUA TAYLOR sp0rts@haysfreepress.com The Lehman boys basket- bail team squared off against the Clemens Buffaloes on Tuesday looking to avenge an earlier blowout loss to the Buf- faloes. Lehman held their own against a second place Clem- ens squad, but fell to the Buf- faloes by a score of 82-77. From the jump, the Lobos were not intimidated by Clem- ens as they raced out to a 9-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Buffaloes then came back to even the score and the teams traded buckets throughout the first half. Lob senior De'Andre Carson kept the Lobos' offense in high gear, attacking the bas- ket without fear. Carson would finish with a career high 41 points while adding four as- sists with only two turnovers. As the Lobos' primary bail handler, Carson said he fully expected a shootout with the Buffaloes, who average more than 80 points per game this season "We knew it would be an up and down game, so we prac- ticed with a faster tempo this week I think we played well, we just left some points on the board and didn't execute as well as we could have." In the second half, the fre- netic pace continued as each team would rely on their lead- ing scorers for big shots on crucial possessions. Clemens senior guard William Gates Jr, who would score 36 points on the night, hit several key jump- ers to keep Lehman from gain- ing momentum and going on a run. The Lobos would never trail by more than nine points, but also never led in the sec- ond half. Even after Carson hit a 3 pointer with 21 seconds left to cut the lead to 3, the Buf- faloes stepped up and hit 2 critical free throws to seal the victory. Lehman head coach Thom- as Acker was proud of the Lo- bos' effort as he said his team "played as hard as we could play, handled their pressure, and played with a lot of tough- ness tonight." The Lobos have another key game against the Hays Rebels on Friday night as they meet at the Lob Den for Senior Night in their last home game of the season. BY MOSES LEOS III offensive in Lehman's favor, half, Hays would capitalize stalemate, both coaches were Lehman's attack would on the increase in offensive happy at how their players sports@haysfreepress.com eventually generate success, pressure, getting a big goal to played in such a biggame. as senior center-midfielder equalize the score. "Our kids showed a lot of Come rain, sleet, hail or Mariah Tamayo received a With 18 minutes left to go heart. We had so many scor- snow, nothing canstopthein- pass from freshman Dynah in the contest, Lindy Mend- ing opportunities, but they tensity which is the Lehman/ Ramos and drilled a 25-yard zalofted a pass to Jessica Cruz did not go in. That's soccer, Hays rivalry, no matter what shot in the 32"d minute for the into the penalty box, where that's the way the ball rolls. On sport is played, game's first goal. Cruz placed a ten-yard shot defense, we had lost two key Nothing, except a rare mid- "I would call Mariah, 'dan- into the back of the net. players to injury early in the winter lighting storm, which gerous,' because she is so cre- "This goal boils down to first half, which was tough. postponed the big Hays vs. ative in the scoring third. She our team expecting the ball, Still, we played well against a Lehman girls soccer rivalry has a great ability to shoot the anticipating the ball. Jessica good Hays team," said Garcia. match until Jan. 30. ball extremely well from dis- did a great job of reading the Holcomb was equally com- Even with the delay, Leh- tance," said Lady Lob head pass from Lindy. Both were plimentaryofhissquad. man and Hays showcased coach Nauri Garcia. '~ong solid," said Lady Rebel head "We did a good job of pos- strong offensive capabilities, withDynah, theymakeagreat coachBrentHolcomb, session in general. We had as well as stout defensive abil- combination on the field." As time wound down, Hays good control of the ball, espe- ity during key points in the The Lob offense would continued to mount charges cially in the second half. Our match. In the end, both the generate two more concerted into the Lehman defense, kids are learning to trust in Lady Lobos and Lady Reb- offensive opportunities late in nearly scoring on three sepa- each other on the field. Soc- els drew to a 1-1 tie, proving the first half, but strong goal rate chances inside of 10 rain- cer is solely about trusting that 80 minutes would not be keeping from Hays' senior utes to play. your teammates. This team is enough to settle the score be- goalkeeper Sarah Sellstrom It would be the Lehman starting to jell; they played a tween them. kept the Rebels from conced- defense that would make the solid game." The contest began with a ing another goal. largest impact. Despite los- With the draw, both teams furious press from the Lady The second haifsawacom-ing two players to injury in are now 1-0-1 in district play. Lobs, who did a remarkable plete role reversal from both the first half of the match, the The Lady Lobos' next home job of keeping Hays' potent squads. Hays tookthe perso- Lady Lob defense consis- contest will be on .Feb. 5, offense in check. The result na of the aggressive, attacking ten@ ran down Hays' oppor- where the team hosts Bas- became the Lady Lobos' squad, while the Lady Lobos tunities, thwarting the chanc- trop at Lob Field for a 7:45 penchant to completely halt had to fall back to defend a es away with redirections and p.m. match. The Lady Rebs Hays' offense in the midfield, determined opponent smart decision making, will have a bye, before travel- whereby turning the Lady Inevitably, much like Leh- Although the first rivalry ling to LaGrange for a 6 p.m. Rebel attack into a counter- man was able to do in the first match of the year ended in a match on Feb. 8. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN ALLISON Fusion takes the gold The Hays Fusion D2 U15 girls finished first in the Capital Area Youth Soccer Association (CAYSA) D2 league, then took first in Western District Championships and capped off their fall 2012 season with a D2 state championship. Hays Youth Soccer team members are (first row) Estella Jaramillo, Armando Jaramillo, Juliana Sampson, Haley Guzman, Brittany Avona, Maya Erwin, Lexi Cells, Damaris Reyes, Eduardo Espinoza; (second row) Jeanette Diego, Crystal Trejo, Dezeray Lerma, Alexis Jaramillo, Sarah Hoffman; (seated) Esmeralda Fuentes and Isabella Bernal. Lady Rebel Hoops Continued from pg. 1B spite allowing a buzzer beating shot to go in at the end of the first half by Height's Mattle l- son, who finished with a team high five points, Hays would take a 21-15 haiftime lead. That bucket by Olson would be the last points Clemens would score for 5 1/2 minutes. Hays would begin the second half on a roll, concocting a stel- lar 11-0 run, assisted by senior Rachael Caiabrese, who scored five of her ten points on the night during that run. By the time Heights would drain a three point bucket with 2:30 to go in the third, Hays had jumped out to a huge 33-18 lead. From that point onward, Hays' offense found their rhythm, draining buckets left and right. With the assistance of the defense, which helped force 21 Alamo Heights turnovers, the Lady Rebels had the game well in hand, crusing to the big win. Hays head coach Danny Preuss was ultimately pleased with his team's efforts, none more so than from his four se- niors. "Our seniors have all done a great job, they all play really well. Tonight, Kamry Kent and Rachel Caiabrese kept hitting the big shots that kept our of- fense going Lindsey McCurdy and Jennifer Colonetta played aggressively all night. These are great kids, they are great com- petitors," said Preuss, who oversee the Rebels to a third straight playoff appearance un- der his tenure. With the win, Hays improves to 25-8 overall, fmishing with an 11-3 record in district, which ties them with Schertz Clemens and Kerrville Tivy. As a result, Hays earns a share of the 2012-2013 27-4A district championship. However, due to Hays' two loss- es to Tivy and split of the season series with Clemens, Hays will enter the postseason as the third seed in the 4A playoffs, which would place them against the runner up in District 28-4A in the bi-district round. Despite the acquisition of the third seed, Hays' optimism to- wards the playoffs was readily apparent after the game. "We're ready for the playoffs. Last year, we played a ranked (San Antonio Brennan) team, and took them to overtime. We're excited at what we can do this year," said senior Guard Ra- chel Caiabreze. Caiahrese would place the most stock into how much Se- nior Night meant to the four outgoing Lady Rebels, "The mo- ment didn't hit me until the last few minutes of the game. By that time, I had tears in my eyes, but also a huge smile on my face. It was all bittersweet; it was our fi- nal home game, but we still have the playoffs to look forward to. The Great Divide: When will Texas get a team in the Super Bowl? Continued from pg. 1B + Houston's offense was woe- The same could not be said Sadly, 2012 may have high- Cowboys goal of a Super Bowl fltlly inconsistent, the team for the Dallas Cowboys It lighted a much more problem- Jones proved that point collectively struggling to move seems very apparent that time atic issue the Cowboys faced: a when he fired Defensive Co- the ball in key situations The is not on the Cowboys' side; lack of team chemistry, ordinator Rob Ryan after the defense, which had been bat- the window is starting to close For years, fans have com- season's end, letting go one of tered and bruised all season, for Tony Romo and the Cow- plained that the Cowboys have the more stable aspects of the caved to the pressures of the boys to win a Super Bowl. the talent, but cannot play franchise. Surely, there could incredible offensive oppo- "Frustrating" could be the as a cohesive team. This year have been other coaches who nents they faced in the final only word to describe the Cow- seemed to be the saturation performed a much worse job part oftheyear, boys' journey in 2012. From point for the franchise. The than Ryan did, especially with Yet, for as much disappoint- constant injuries to key play- final few games showcased the injuries that the defense ment as the Texans provided, ers, to rampant inconsistency a franchise whose players suffered. A few weeks after Houston showed that they are from players and coaches, the seemed apathetic to the cause. Jones fired Ryan, he then pro- now on the right track. Two team embodied their run-of- Worse, the coaching staff moted offensive line coach Bill straight AFC South division the-mill 8-8 record, seemed to harbor the same Cailahan to offensive coordi- championships, two straight The most maddening aspect ideologies, natr; the same Cailahan who playoff appearances and two of the Cowboys' descent was The constant with all ofallegedly sabotaged the Raid- playoff wins in as many sea- that the team had just about those franchise problems: The ers offense in Super Bowl XXX- sons every opportunity to claw their owner, Jerry Jones. VII when he was head coach In my mind, Texan head way into the 15ostseason. Unfor- I firmly believe that Jones Unless Jones wises up and coach Gary Kubiak is leading tunately, the team failed to step is one of the biggest problems stays put in the press box, the this franchise towards a future up at the big moment, faltering plaguing the team. His pen- Cowboys will be hard pressed that could net a Super Bowl. whentheyneededabigwin.The chant to meddle in football to win a Super Bowl. All they need is consistency. I season finale against Washing- operations, rather than just I would love to believe that think time will help the Texans ton showed just how disjointed the business side of things, this state could witness an- obtain that goal. the Cowboys trulywere, has now put a firm halt on the other Super Bowl win in this Lady Lobo Hoops: Lehman cruises past Lockhart Continued from pg. 1B our play during that time. We as Cheyenne Morgan an~l senior the Lobos would earn the final well we can play. Against Clem- a team, especially the seniors, guard Bria Cheatham, both of postseason berth in the district, ens, we need to do a better job wanted to fix the silly turnovers, whom scored eight points, and However, a Lob loss, along of getting the job done, both on to clean the game up. This win stellar, stifling defense paved with a Champion victory, would offense and defense," said Coy. was a total team effort," said Gal- the way for Lehman to cruise to set up a tie-breaking, neutral While the Lobos Hill be hard legos, a 35 point victory, site, one-game playoff between at work to prepare for the Lady The third quarter showed "That's thewayweshouldbeBoeme Champion and Leh- Buffaloes, the six seniors who just how pivotal Gallegos was playing," beamed Coy, ecstatic man. took the floor at Lob Gym for to the Lehman effort. Galiegos' at the way her squad finished For Coy, the latter scenario is the final time would be forgiven size and strength allowed her to the contest, simply not an option "We just if they reminisced somewhat domineer over Lockhart's hate- With this win, Lehman im- need to focus on Clemens," Coy Almost all of them held back rior defenders As a result, Gai- proves to 17-15 on the season, said. tears as they walked off the legos had little to no problems Most importantly, the Lady Lo- Whichever way the playoff court, knowing how much hard driving the lane and knocking bos are now 7-6 in district play race pans out, Coy remained work they had put in to get to down easy layups. Ariana would with just one more contest left cautious as to the way her squad where they are now. finish the third quarter scoring on the schedule. With Hays should playmoving forward. Gallegos perhaps said it best 17points, posing a tremendous defeating Boerne Champion "WecannothavetheturnoverforaUoftheseniors. problem for the Lockhart de- earlier that evening, the Lobos issues like we did against Lock- "This moment is bittersweet. fense, are now one game ahead of the hart tonight, especially against The seniors went out with the Eventually, the Lady Lobos Chargers for the fourth and finai tougher opposition such as Cle- mentality of, 'let's go out and get would overwhelm Lockhart. playoffspotin27-4A, mens. There needs to be a focus thewin, let's make this a memo- The steady diet of Gallegos of- With a win over struggling on attention to detail, mostly rablegame.'Wedldjustthat, bnt fensive capabilities, along with Schertz Clemens next week, or on passes and cuts. The Seguin it still bittersweet to know that the help of sophomore guard a loss by Champion to Seguin, game was an example of how this is our last game at home" decade. 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