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F + CHEER Lehman cheerleaders take first at regionals and make bid for nationals. - Page 3B December 7, 2011 Page 1B Lehman will be play- ing without star Bria Cheatham, who has averaged double fig- ures in both point~ and rebounds this season in helping her team to an 8-2 start. The Lady Lobos are still confi- dent head- ing into the Rebel Clas- sic, which begins Thursday. PHOTO BYJUDY COOPER BYWESFERGUSON ment opener against Center Point on In the second game ofthe Navarro offense, but Coy said her players Thursday. But she hurt her knee at ClaSsic, the Lobes were forced to play easily broke the press and never let the beginning of the second flame, catchup after post Ariana Gallegos go of their lead, holding on for a 54- allowing Center Point back in the fouled out in the first quarter and the 50 win. The 8-2 Lehman Lobes will game as the Lobos figured out how to team feil behind Falls City l4-8. "It was us taking care of the ball in likely be without their most adjust to the loss of their key player. "Basically, we ran guards the rest thefourthquarter,"shesaid."Wehus- explosive player when they "They kind of caught up a litfle in ofthe time," Coy said. tled up and down the court more than suit up for the Rebel Classic in Buda the second, but after that there was Lehman High fought back to fie they did. They tried to be a running this week. no catching up," Coy said. "We just the game 38-38 in the fourth quar- team, but they had alot of turnovers." Bria Cheatham, who had been av: played really solid defense. We were ter. But withless than two minutes to Along the way, the Lobes learned eraging a team-leading double-dou- hustling, we transitioned the ballre- play, theLobos settled forajump shot they can win without Cheatham. ble of15 points and nearly13 boards ally well and were looking down the that missed the mark, then tttmed They faced Austin High onTuesday a game, injured her knee in the first court for a lot of 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 over the ball on their next possession andnowheadinto the Rebel Classic, match of last week's Navarre Classic opportunities." en route to a 44-39 defeat,which rims Thursday through Satur- in Seguin. Transition buckets will be one key In their third and final game of day at Hays High School. "We don't know how long she will to Lehman's ongoing success, Coy the tournament, the Lobes once "We're just going to work on tak- be out," head girls basketball coach said. The other is field goal percent- again fell behind early in a sneak ing care of the ball," Coy said, "mak- Jamie Coy said Monday. adding the age. The players have been getting preview against district rival Lock- ing sure we make smart decisions team still doesn't know the extent of plenty of looks at the basket, but hart. Despite missing Cheatham's offensively and defensively and play Cheatham's injury.. "We totally had they have only been connecting on help on the glass, Lehman rode a our game." to readjust our offense. We lost a key around 36 percent of those shots. 14-6 burst in the second quarter to Lehman win open playin the Reb- rebounder too." "If we raise the bar to start shoot- a 25-20 halftime lead. el Classic Thursday morning against Cheatham had scored eight points ing 50 or 60 percent, we'll shine," Lockhart tried a fnll-court press Hendrickson. Tipoff in Hays' Red in the first quarter of the tourna- Coy said. to counter the Lobes' high-tempo Gymis scheduled for 10:30 a.m. [] [] BY JASON GORDON One of the best basketball tournaments in Central Texas will open play on Thursday. The Rebel Classic will host a total of 30 boys and girls team, some local, and some coming from as far away as Jewett, Argyle, Lucas and Palestine. "We get a lot of local teams that love to come here year after year because the tourna- ment is always very well run," said Hays girls head basket- ball coach Danny Preuss: "We had a few other openings this year and people were flock- ing to come to it. We have four teams coming from more than 200 miles away, and that's great for the tourna- ment. We get to see teams we've never seen before and I'm sure they feel the same way. Seeing different styles really helps your basketball team." i Both the Hays High and Lehman High gifts basketball teams will be one of the 16 giftsteams playing in the Reb- el Classic, which runs through Saturday. The gifts tournament will be in traditional bracket style, with each team guaranteed four games. Hays will open play against Palestine at 3 p.m. on Thurs- day in Bales Gym. The Lady Rebs will then play either the winner or loser of the Wim- berley versus Jewett-Leon matchup on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in either Bales or the Graham Gym. Lehman opens play Thurs- day against Hendrickson in Hays' Red Gym at 10:30 a.m. The Lady Lobos will next ei- ther play New Brannfels High or San Antonio Churchill. If Lehman wins its opening- round matchup, it will play in the second round in Bales Gym on Thursday at 6 p.m. If See REBEL CLASSIC, pg. 2B i;;i!i~!)~ ~i i !:i~ i( !~ii! PHOTO BYCYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON A total of 30 basketball teams will invade Hays High School Thursday for the annual Rebel Classic. Teams from as far away as Palestine and Jewett will join teams like girls' favorites San Antonio Churchill and Vista Ridge, and boys favorites Hutto, McNeil and Harker Heights in the strong tourney field. Both Hays varsity squads, the Hays boys JV and the Lehman Lady Lobos will also try to make their mark in the Rebel Classic. The tournament will run Thursday through Saturday, with the girls championship game taking place at 3 p.m., and the boys title game following immediately afterward at Bales Gym. BY JASON GORDON Hays head coach Dean McMul- len said. "I think the guys really wanted to beat Lake Travis, be- cause they're Lake Travis. That The Hays High boys basket- was only our third game back ball team could have easily de- with the football guys and we cided the Sequin Tournament just didn't do a good job execut- was a lost cause after a rough ing down the stretch." beginning last Friday. The two losses knocked Hays It looks like this year's Rebel down into the Bronze Bracket hoopsters don't have much quit on Saturday. in them, however. First Hays beat host school After losing a heartbreaker Seguin 63-57 in overtime be- to Lake Travis 52-58 to open the hind Jaren Rodriguez' 19 points. toumament in a game the Rebels Against the Matadors Travis were winning by six points with Miller added two key blocks and only three minutes left, Hays Steven Jass added a 3-pointer lostits second game of the day a to key the victori Jass also as- short timelater, fallingto SanAn- sisted on the play of the game, a East Cenlral 74-62 despite monstrous two-handed dunkby ',Thatwasaprettyroughday," HAYSBOYS BASKETBALL, pg. 2B BY WES FERGUSON After opening the season on a 3-1 tear, the Lehman Lobes were handed a reality check last week. Lehman dropped three of four games in the Matador Classic in Seguin, leading head boys basketball coach Thomas Acker to assess his squad as a "really average team." "There was some good com- petition, but we're just inex- perienced," Acker said. "We're turning the ball over way too much, not getting stops on the defensive end, not creating op- portunities to score, and prob- ably the biggest issue is we're not rebounding the ball well." The Lobes were forcing their opponents into taking difficult shots from the three-point perimeter, he said, but their inability to block out doomed them into giving up far too many second-chance buckets. "The bottom line is we've got to put a body on a body," Acker said. "It's that simple. We're turning, standing and watching. We're not going to find someone to put a body on. That's bothersome." When the Lobes do have the ball, he added, they still haven't figured out how to score con- sistently from their half court offense. "If we're not in the race game right now, we're not very good," he said. "That's on me and our coaching staff to do a better job." The first game of the tour- nament was the worst. Trailing San Antonio Brandeis 24-12 at halftime on Thursday, the Lobes sank in the third and fourth quarters, losing 65-27. Lehman post JaMael Win- dom scored 17 points to lead the Lobes against Class 5A L MAN BOYS pg. 2B I ,( .S BY JASON GORDON play any sport, and when you have the determi- these kids body and mind. If my runners can't nation to keep your grades at the highest level, take care of business in the classroom, it is a that says a lot about you." good indicator that they will have trouble push- The Texas Gifts Coaches Association selects ing forward in other aspects when things come The Hays High gifts cross-country and vol- the Academic All-State teams. Athletes must be up and life gets complicated, including during leyball teams, and the Lehman High girls cross- seniors, must have a grade point average of 94 races. We strive for excellence in all that we do. country teams didn't just excel on the field and or above, and must be a team member in good These athletes exemplify what our program is on the court this season, they were exceptional standing, all about. To have multiple runners achieve this in the classroom as well. Lehman's cross-country athletes named to goal is awesome." The Lehman gifts cross-country team landed the team were Bianca Meza, Amara Smith, Mi- Kaylea Beck and Kelsea Sadler made the Aca- four student-athletes on theAcademic All-State chelle Williamson and Mayra Zamora. demic All-State team for the Hays volleyball team, Hays' girls cross-country team had three Hays' cross-countryathletes namedAcadem- program. student-athletes named, and the Lady Rebel ic All-State were Marissa Roman, Emily Crowell "I am very proud of these two student-ath- volleyball team added two. and Mariana Sigala. Sigala also competed at the letes," Hays head coach Erica Walther said. ',It's obviously quite an honor to be named UIL State Meet in Round Rock. "They not only helped us have success in the Academic All-State," said Lehman athletic co- "I am very proud of these runners. As a pro- playoffs this year, but did so while being among ordinator Steve Davis. "We're very proud of gram it is important to me for us to have one the elite in the state in taking care of business what our athletes have been accomplishing in of the highest GPAs as a group," Hays head in the classroom. They represent our team and the classroom. It takes a lot of dedication to coach Cliff Buckiey said. "I want to prepare Hays High School very weil." Lehman cross-country runner Amara Smith was recently named to the prestigious Academic All-State team along with three of her teammates Bianca Meza, Michelle Williamson and Mayra Zamora. Hays' Mariana Sigala, who recently competed in the UIL State Cross Country Meet, was also named Academic All- State along with Lady Rebels Marissa Roman, Emily Crowell, Kaylea Beck and Kelsea Sadler. +