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+ prebelsports Floral design students experiment and create - Page 3B @hfplobosports February 17, 2016 Page 1B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Lady Rebel sophomore guard Gabby Bosquez and Pflugerville Panther junior Khala Hanson (5) take to the floor for a loose ball during Monday's playoff game at Bales Gym. BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Struggles in corralling an efficient Pflugerville Panther offense brought the Hays Lady Rebels 2016 playoffrun to a quick halt Monday in Elgin. Seventeen points from Panther senior Mykiel Burleson lifted Pfluger- ville to a 54-47 win, eliminating Hays in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Despite the loss, Lady Rebel head coach Danny Preuss lauded his team's ability to rally back from a near disastrous frst quarter. overs, which turned into 111 Nex"~ 1"blUe buckets on the opposite end. The Lady Rebs finish PflugerviUe led Hays the season with a 16-9 after the first quarter. record of 22-11 Funderburke finished with 11 points, while Bry- ant had nine. "I thought for the most Preuss said Hays at- part we held with them tempted to weather the pretty good," Preuss said. storm, but had a "deer in "They never quit. Not sure the headlights" look. if a lot of people gave us a "In the first quarter, we chance tonight.., we gave came out a little scared," (Pflugerville) everything Hays High junior Jada they could handle." Finister said. Pfiugerville, led by Bur- The Panthers lead ex- leson, senior Andrea Fun- panded to 22-11 with 4:49 derburke and Alexis Bry- left in the second frame ant, controlled the pace of before the Lady Rebels. play in the frst quarter, fought back. Finisher led The Panthers' athletic the charge, using her size ability and frenetic pace forced Lady Rebel turn- LADY REBEL HOOPS, 2B BY KYLE LEHNICK moses@haysfreepress.com Round two of the 2016 Hays versus Lehman girls soccer series proved to be a dandy. The Lady Lobos, trailing 1-0 at halftime, stormed back to defeat Hays 2-1, as they scored the game-winning goal with two minutes re- maining. Both teams con- trolled the ball equally throughout the match, but Lehman made the most of their opportuni- ties close to the net and pulled out the victory. ..... ThcHays goal came : with 25 minutes remain- ing in the first half. Hays High's Mariah Gonzales dropped a shot from the left corner of the box into the right side of the net. Senior Alexis Sanchez scored the equalizer on a wild goal inside the box with 28 minutes remain- ing in the second. Coach Nauri Garcia said Sanchez played a "phenomenal" game in the win. "We dropped her (Sanchez) down to center midfielder and I knew if I put her in that spot she was going to make every single run (to the goal) and she did, that's how she scored the first goal," Garcia said. The game winning goal was equally, if not, more exciting. Senior Pamela Lasprilla forced the ball toward the goal, only to be denied by the Hays defense. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III With arms held high, Lehman Lady Lobo senior Alexis Sanchez (4) celebrates with her teammates after she scored an equalizing goal against the Hays Lady Rebels in the second half of Tuesday's game at Lobo Field. A goal scored by Pamela Lasprilla catapulted Lehman to a 2-1 win over crosstown rival Hays. Below, a Hays Lady Rebel player attempts to head the ball as she collides with Lehman Lady Lobo Alexis Sanchez during Tuesday's district game at Lobo Field. But the ball bounced low students and fans off of a defender's shin before taking a group- and Kyla Johnson served photo underneath the the deflection into the scoreboard. back of the net. Garcia said the sea- "The second goal, the son has been "very up game-winning goal, was and down," and that the just one of those plays... Lobos play in a district Pamela Lasprilla, she where "every little mis- worked herself., very take counts." He said hard in the box to get a claiming a win in the goal," Garcia said. "She team's first home game worked it past the goal- in two weeks is "big." keeper and she doesn't "Not just big, winning get the goal but Kyla this game against our Johnson comes in and across the highway rival, puts it into the goal for but huge for our seniors her, it was an exciting who've never beaten moment." Hays," Garcia said. "It The emotion after the puts a belief back in our victory was visible as the ladies, which is what Lady Lobos lined up to thank their parents, fel- RED VS, BLUE, 2B BY MOSES LEOS III the first round will be one Arroyo would work to fill to make adjustments moses@haysfreepress.com goal set by head coacha void at catcher, quickly," Cone said. "We Lisa Cone. Cone said Netek has have to know what the "We've talked about "worked very hard" on pitcher's doing and lay- Two years removed the fact that we don'ther pitching mechan- ing off of waste pitches." from a state tournament want to end our seasonics and hitting her spots Making adjustments appearance, the Hays so quickly," Cone said. in the strike during the will be a critical compo- Lady Rebels softball "We do want to be in the summer months, nent as the Lady Rebels team wants to im- playoffs and we want to "I know that she is enter district play. Hays they ready go on a long run." more consistent already will contend with peren- for the 2016 cam- Leading the Lady at this point of the year," nial powers Bowie, West- paign. Rebels will be a defense Cone said. lake and Lake Travis in Ensuring that Cone said was the"Her leadership on thethe district. their season "strength" of the team. mound is going to helpAdjusting to the wide- doesn't Juniors Alyssa Martinez, us overall," Cone said. ranging styles and speeds end as it Madison Allen and senior Improving on making of pitchers in 14-6A will did last Karina Rocha return for quick adjustments while be imperative, Cone said. year Hays High in the infield, at the plate is one aspect "We know we see good in Joining them will be rela- Cone said the offense pitching, then slower tively young outfield led would work on. Stayingpitching," Cone said. by Lulu Arroyo. aggressive while they're "It will be making those Pitcher Nadia Netek, ahead in the count is an- adjustments from game- who saw time in the other aspect they want to to-game and even during Karina Rocha circle behind Kara Davis improve, the game." will be one of the returning last year, will lead the "You might get three Hays hosts DelValle Lady Rebs battery. Cone said either at-bats during a game.Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the in 2016. Abbie Blackwell or Maria We have to learn how Lady Rebel Softball Field. PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hays Rebel senior guard Dustin Bruno prepares to lob a chest pass down court during the team's district game against the Lake Travis Cavaliers on Friday. BY SPENCER SPILMAN news@haysfreepress.com Friday night marked the emotional final home game for the Hays Reb- els' five seniors as they tried to win one more for the home crowd against the Lake Travis Cavaliers. But Hays fell to the Cavs 49-35 as Lake Travis took over in the second half of the contest. Hays head coach Sam Lunz started all five seniors and:' ........ '-':" " ::= ! "~!~ gave them ex- tended min- The Rebs utes. finish the The season with seniors a record of came 8-23 out fir- ing and played with a lot of heart in the early going, jumping out to a 12-11 lead after the first quarter. Coach Lunz was proud of the seniors and every- thing they have given the program. "I was proud of their effort, and their attitude, and the heart that they have given me," he said. Only five Rebels scored on the night, four of them seniors. Lake Travis spread its scoring around on offense. Eight players recorded points in the box score, including two players in double figures. Garrett Wilson led all scorers with 13 points. The final score didn't matter to the Hays fans, who watched the seniors play their last game on their home court. While the players were emotional after the loss, they clearly lived in the moment of their final home game. Dustin Bruno led the Rebels with 12 points in the game, and talked about leaving a legacy for future Rebels to come. "I wanted everyone to remember us as a group, so I just tried to take control of the game early and give it all I had," said Bruno. Hayden Hoekstra had nine points, along with five offensive rebounds. He was disappointed with the loss, but happy with the way the seniors played. "It's exciting that we played as hard as we could, but you know, it's sad that this is our last HAYS BOYS HOOPS, 2B #