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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press November 24, 2010 BY JASON GORDON Emily Clark were named honorable mention. freepresssports@yahoo.com Sadler led Hays with 66 aces. She also had 202 kills and 272 digs this Outside hitter Kaylea Beck earned season. first-team All-District honors this "Kelsea was a great leader all season for Hays. season," Walther said. "She really She helped lead the Lady Rebels stepped into that role and a lot of to the playoffs in the ultra-tough players on the team looked up to District 27-4A, where Hays lost to her." Boerne Champion. Clark led Hays with 49 blocks. Beck had 357 kills and 436 digs to She also had 106 kills, 27 aces and lead the Lady Rebs this season. 55 digs. "Beck definitely deserved first "Emily is a very strong blocker," team," Hays head coach Erica Walther said. "She also has a great Walther said. "She led us in kills, attitude every day." passing average and digs. She's a Walther said she's excited at the very versatile player. When we dealt fact that each Hays player chosen with injuries she even stepped up All-District is a junior or sopho- and played setter." more. Hays sophomore setter Hannah The Rebels got off to a rough start Ramsey was named second team. in non-district play, but came on She had a team high 883 assists this during the second half of 27-4A ac- season, tion to secure a playoff spot. "Hannah is a great athlete," "I'm very proud of all of them," Walther said. "She played a very key Walther said. We look forward to role on our team. She's still learning having all of them back next year. the position and the sky's the limit We have the nucleus of a very strong for her." team moving forward into next sea- Hays junior outside hitter Kelsea son and we definitely have a foun- Sadler and junior middle blocker dation we can build on." Lady Lobo Hoops Continued from pg. 1B step up and make big free throws down the stretch in their 51-46 win. Catherine Gonzalez paced the Lady Lobos with 13 points. Lehman's onlyloss of the tournament came at the hands of Austin Royals 59-33, a parochial school that is usually near the top of the rankings each year on the state level. Leading by only 11 at the half, Austin Royals used a hot-shooting third quarter to pull away for the win, launching them into the tournament final. Despite the loss, Lehman head coach ]amie Coy believes her squad gained valuable experience by matching up against such a quality opponent so early in the season. "It was good for our girls to face that level of compe- tition this early in the season," Coy said. "They were able to move the ball real well against us and were also able to get out in transition. And that gave us an idea of some of the things we need to improve on going forward." Lehman went on to thump host Pleasanton 65-30 in the third place game behind 16 points from Smith, who was named to the all-toumament team. "For the most part I think we did a good job of hit- ting the boards and played really good defense in this tournament," said Coy. "We will spend the next week working on becoming a good defensive team and executing our full court press. Our performance this weekend shows that if we work as a team, we're going to be fine." The Lady Lobos will square off against Navarro in their first home game of the season and then travel to play San Antonio Jefferson before the Thanksgiving holidays. Lady Rebel Hoops: Eight points decide four games Continued from pg. 1B The Lady Rebs went 2-2 in those games and lost in the tournament's consolation final. "They were all tough games and they will all get us ready for district down the line," Preuss said. "I love our intensity as a team right now, but we're just inexperienced with so many players on varsity for the first time. We're not finishing our offensive possessions, but that's something we can work on." Hays lost its opener in the tournament Thursday night in overtime against San Antonio Brandeis 52-50. Hays led 45-44 in regula- tion but a foul was called in the backcourt with less than a second left to play and Brandeis made one of two free throws to send it to overtime. Hays took a 50-45 advantage in the extra frame on a 3-pointer byAshlee Johnson, who led Hays with 16 points, and a Cassia Norris inside basket, but Brandeis rallied down the stretch to steal the win. Hays had a chance late to fie the game and send it into a second overtime or win the contest out- right, but the Lady Rebs failed to get a shot off. "They made shots when they needed to and we couldn't hit anything late in overtime," Preuss said. "We played vex good in long stretches but we just made a couple of mental errors that cost us the game." Hays then won back-to-back games against SA Sam Houston and Midland Lee to get into the consolation bracket final. Against Sam Houston, Hays trailed 26-21 at halflime but made a 10-0 surge coming out of the break that took only a minute, 15 seconds offthe clock. Johnson and laleasa Jones each had 3-pointers during the key run that led Hays to a 43-40 win. The Lady Rebs also showed they can play a little defense, holding Sam Houston score- less during the game's final four minutes. "The run after halftime pretty much won the game for us," Preuss said. "Our inside-out game was working well and we were hitting some three-point- ers, which is always nice to see." In the battle of the Rebels Saturday morning, Hays won a thriller over Lee, as Norris took a pass from Johnson and scored with eight seconds left in a 40- 39 victory. Rolaura Gonzales had a big game as well, scoring nine points and grabbing 15 re- bounds against Lee. "That was our most complete game of the year so far," Preuss said. "It was just a good solid effort by our team." Hays was playing without BIG OAKS KENNEL Jones, one of its three returning varsity players, Saturday after- noon against East Central in the consolation final. The Lady Rebels once again made it close, but fell 39-37. "It was one of the ugliest games you've ever seen," Preuss said. "We missed 7 of 21 free throws. If we hit three more we win." Even though Hays was strug- gling offensively, the Lady Rebs were solid enough on defense to build a 30-25 lead in the third quarter, only to see East Cen- tral's athletic team eventually wear down the Lady Rebels. East Central's Shauna Cherry and SanJuana Saunders each nailed 3-pointers inside the final two minutes of playin the fourth quarter to help give the Homets the win. "We weren't playing well, but we had them beat," Preuss said. "Those two three-pointers they hit were killers and we just couldn't make a free throw." Johnson had 10 points to lead Hays. She was named All-Tour- nament. "We know what it's like to play under pressure now," Johnson said. "We learned we have to stay calm and keep our composure. All the girls played really hard and we worked together. Every day I think this team is improving and getting stronger." Hays is scheduled to play Boeme Champion and New Braunfels High before taking a few days off for Thanksgiving break. Auto, home and life insurance... Rob White, Agent (512) 504-g484 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 101 Auto. Home. Life Let's Compare Rates and Service. Kyle, TX 78640. rwhite@txfb-ins.com Lobo Glue: Peddycoart leads Continued from pg. 1B mance against New Braunfels in the latter stages of that game were any indication - it will. With Lehman trailing by seven points late in the third quarter, Peddycoart buried a couple of 3-pointers from deep in the corner as the Lobos went on a 14-3 run to bounce back from a nine-point deficit and eventually put them ahead to stay with a couple of clutch free throws down the stretch. They weren't shots that Ped- dycoart would have had the confidence to take last season. "Last year, he may not have had the confidence to make that play but it shows how much he has really matured on the offensive end," Acker said. "Those are the kind of plays that we need from Dane. He has continued to display an outstanding work ethic and is getting better each and every time he steps on the floor." The low-key Peddycoart is just as apt to direct a loose ball to an open teammate as he is to spring someone with a hard screen or to hit the big shot himself. He has been the team's resident stat-stuffer, contributing across the score sheet, depending on what the Lobos need on a given night. Peddycoart sports a soft, silky jump shot that may produce enough points to put him among the team's scoring leaders by season's end. He also prides himself on his defensive play, which alwa)~ seems to produce at least a steal or two each game. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Dane Peddycoart has the game to beat you with a play on offense or defense. Lehman head coach Thomas Acker calls him the glue that holds the team together. "IfI had to come up with one word to describe Dane it would definitely be 'glue'," Acker said. "He is the guy that holds this team together. You may not always notice him while he's on the court but he is always willing to do all the little things it takes to help this team win." For Peddycoart, who will mostly likely play his last organized basketball game in a few months, the chase is on for an elusive playoff berth for his Lehman Lobos. "I don't plan on playing basketball in college so I'm going to try and make the most of my senior year at Lehman," Peddycoart said. "I owe it to my teammates, my coaches, my family and the guys that played on this team before me." ' IIIIIIIIIII IIIIIIH I YOUTH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE $60 Registration going on Now! 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