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Page 2B $POR Hays Free Press • December 23, 2009 Lady Lions lose to Lobos, 50-46 BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The much-improved Lockhart Lady Lions just wouldn't go quietly. They led for much of the game and were in position to steal a huge district road win. But that's when the Lady Lobos were finally able to do something that they couldn't do for much of Monday night's contest- make free throws and connect on layups from point blank range. Lehman's BriAnna Garza and Kerry Robinson each converted late Lockhart removers into points and the Lady Lo- bos held off the feisty Lady Lions 50-46. "We weren't as focused as we nor- mally are at home," Lehman head coach Danny Preuss said. "But give Lockhart a lot of credit, they played extremely hard. Luckily, we were finally able to match their intensity down the stretch." It was a game of runs as Garza helped her team erase a 30-23 deficit, by scor- ing 15 of her game-high 28 points dur- ing a 16-2 Lehman run, as the Lady Lo- bos surged to a 39-32 lead. Back-to-back 3-point baskets by Lockhart's Alisha Officer and Cassie Schroeder narrowed Lehman's lead to 39-38, and a Lehman turnover on its ensuing possession paved the way for Toiya Ghant's short jumper in the paint to give Lockhart a 40-39 advantage with only three minutes remaining in the game. "We made our run and then they came right back at us with one of their own," said Preuss. "We were waiting for them to wilt and they didn't." Numerous missed lay-ups and poor free throw shooting nearly cost the Lady Lobos, as Lockhart steadily clawed their way back into the game. But a couple of key plays down the stretch finally helped Lehman take control of the game. With her team clinging to a slim 46- 44 lead, Garza stripped the ball from Ghant as the Lady Lions point guard drove towards the basket. Garza then sped down court for an easy layup. Seconds later, with the clock wind- ing down, Robinson stepped in front of Officer to intercept a pass and raced ahead to score an insurance bucket with 12 seconds to play as Lehman (10-9) held on for the win. "We played better defensively in the second half and my seniors came up with some big plays when we needed them," Preuss said. "They really made us work for this win and I'm sure they'll be an even bigger challenge when we play them later in the season at their place. It wasn't the prettiest of wins but we'll certainly take it." The Lobos will take part in the Tom- ball Rosehill Christian Tournament beginning next Monday and are set to resume district play on January 8 at Manor. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman guard Tori Torres hounds her opponent as teammate Catherine Gonzalez looks on during the Lady Lobos' win over Lockhart Monday night. Lehman improved to 2-1 in District 17-4A play with the win. i COUfflT:SY PHOTO Between the Lines: Memodes of 2009 Continued from pg. 1B JV Rebel Classic Winners The Hays Rebel JV basketball team won the Rebel Classic Tournament recently with decisive wins over SmithvUle, Rouse, Luling and Vandergrift high schools. Lead by coach Kyle Jones, team members are (left to right) Mason Cervenka, Rob Shel- ton, Taven Mayberry, John Effiom,. Mar- tin Weber, Bobby Umon, Chds Ovalle, Jaren Redriguez, Matt Sweet, Scott Cheshire, Marc Dib, Ryan Lara, Michael Normand and Brady Ouncum. the game, before Hays again found itself trailing by a single point with under 10 seconds to play. That's when Calabrese spotted a wide-open Ashley Rankine un- der the basket for a layup. El loyner's steal seconds later sealed a thrilling 41-40 win for Hays. Despite a double-digit :loss to eventual state championWaco Midway a week later in the Class 4A state semifinals at the Erwin Center in Austin, the 2008-09 Lady Rebels - Calabrese, Joyner, Rankine, Ashley Magallanez, Angeleigh Davis, Kait- lyn Barnes, Kelly Posey, Brooke Borreson, Paige Lord, ChrissyArias, Kayla Jones and Amber Guerra- will be a group that's remembered for a long time to come. 2. The Hays football team's streak of non-losing seasons is snapped - One of the most impressive streaks in area high school sports came to an end this season. The Hays High football team hadn't had a losing season since 1985, the longest such streak of any team in any classifica- tion in Central Texas. That impressive run came to an end in 2009 as an 0-5 non-district start against some very tough competition, including Class 5A playoff teams Bastrop and Bowie, 25-4A district champ McCallum, and Class 4A power Lamar Consolidated, left Hays facing an uphill challenge heading into district. The Rebels made a big run during district play, winning three straight over Elgin, Lock- hart and Manbr, before losing 27-21 to Del PHOTO BY JOEL SAN MIGUEL Hays guard EJ Joyner rises high off the Erwin Center floor during the Lady Rebels loss to Waco Midway in the Class 4A state semifinals. The team's run to the final four was one of the biggest sports highlights of the year at Hays High. Valle in overtime in a game that decided the District 17-4A tide. The Rebels went on to beat Lehman in the final district game, and hung right with Huntsville in the first round of the Class 4A Region III playoffs until a turnover-filled fourth quarter left Hays on the short end of a 45-14 final score. The Rebels finished 2009 with a 4-7 overall record. 3.The ttays High  teanfs impres- sive run eads with heartbreaking defeat -The Hays High baseball team simply pounded opponents during the regular season in 2009. The Rebels lost only once all season, early in the year against Hen- drickson, and rolled through District 17-4A undefeated. The team had arguably the best offense in Class 4A, pounding 55 home runs on the season- led by Jon Gonzales' 17, the most by any player in Texas in any classifi- ,cation. Gonzales, Brandon Lawrence and Colten Boothe all batted over .450, to lead a Rebel squad that hit over.400 and had a team on-base percentage of more than .500. . Seven players on the team- Nick DeSan- • tiago (University of Texas), Lawrence (Blinn , Conege), Gonzales (Temple College), Boothe (Temple College), ayan Slaughter 00cMurry University), Greg San Miguel (Texas College) and Chris Maldonado (McMurryUniversity) "went on to play at the next level. Unfortu- : nately for the 2009 Rebels, their xalar-sea- :son success didn't equate to postseason tri- umph.After sweepingWaller in a two-game :seties to start what they hoped would be a lplayoffrun to the state tournament, Hays ,was defeated by Little Cypress-Mauricevllle iin a one-game series at College Station Mespite leading 4-0 heading to the seventh finning. A furious Little Cypress-Mauriceville rally fled things up, and Hays lost 5-4 in nine iinnings. Still, the Rebels finished the 2009 season with an impressive 27-2 record. Lehman Hot Shot: Set for breaking some records Continued from pg. 1B best basketball this year. But I'm also proud of the fact that she's has been a good leader for her teammates." Even though her father doesn't coach the sport she is most passionate about, basketball, BriAnna admits her father attends every game and can always be heard yelling instructions to her during the course of a game from the stands. "Yeah, I hear everything he says," Garza said with a smile. "Sometimes it's hard to concen- trate when he's yelling things, but I know that without him I wouldn't b e the player that I am. It drives me." Incidentally, two of Garza's biggest basket- ball influences were premier shooters in their own right. As a youngster, she modeled her game after older brother Dustin, who completed a stellar career at Comfort High School ranked seventh in the state in three pointers made. Once she got to high school she evoked the work ethic of former Hays standout and current Texas Tech guard Lindie Kimbro, who led Oass 4A in scoring as a junior and once scored 42 points in a playoffwin over Lake Travis. "fl r and JAudieh3ve eacbplayed a big role in where I am today," said Garza. "They both were always working to get better and they made sum that I respected the game and played it the right way." Like her older counterparts, Garza has been willing to put in the extra work it took to improve • her game. She spent the summer competing on J two different localAAU teams and worked haarder in the weight room to prepare herself for her" senior season. heuss couldn't recall any of his former staus getting off to such a sizzling start shooting thte ball h his five seasons at Lehman. "Brihas just been phenomenal this seasom," Preuss said. "She knows she has to be our nmm- berone option to score and she has embracmd that role. I don't remember anybody that's pliayed here shooting the ball as well as she is right nmw.." But amazingly enough, the 5-foot, 7-indh shooting dynamo seems almost apologeticc af- ter posting video-game type offensive nurmbers for the Lady Lobos. "I've always been a point guard so my minadset has always been to pass first and shoot secomd," Garza said. "To be honest, leading the team iin scoring wasn't something I was comfortable ,do- ing at first because I'm a team phyer. But sintce all ofmy shots are coming within our offensee, it makes it a lot easier for me to accept. My conifi- dence shooting the ball is really high right n€." Garza will graduate in May with virtually, every individual Lehman girls record in torN, but now she has even loftier goals for he Lady Lobos squad this season. "One of my goals before I graduated was to make the playoffs," said Garza. "Now that we've done that, I want to go a step farther this year but it's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication for us to make that happen. I believe we can accomplish anything." Lady Ilebs vs Lobos Continued from pg. 1 B "There's no question Hays has a big height advantage and it plays a factor," Preuss said. "If we get into a half- court game with them we're in trouble." Davis was unstoppable ear- ly, scoring 11 of her team-high 13 points in the first quarter. Hays grabbed 18 offen- sive rebounds in the first half alone, including six on one possession in which lalease Jones finished it off with a layup with three seconds to play in the first period. A quick turnover gave Hays possession right back, and Ashley Johnson buried a 15- footer at the buzzer to give the Lady Rebs a !9-7 advantage. Hays led 29-18 at halftime, and built that lead to 45-23 with a big run in the third quarter, keyed by two long ias two-pointers, and layups by Davis and Johnson before Lehman began its comeback. The Lady Rebels and Lady Lobos will square offfor a third time this season in the second half of 17-4A play on Jan. 22 at Lehman. Hays Basketball Continued from pg. 1 B plays and converted the free throws to give manor a 37- 29 advantage. After ]ontel Williams made a strong move inside for another easy Manor bas- ket, Williams came up with yet another steal and layup to give the Mustangs a 42- 29 lead with five minutes to play in the game. "Williams is the guy who makes them go," Hays head coach Kris Fuller said. "You have to know where he's at on the floor at all times. We contained him for three quarters, but he was the one who made the plays down the stretch during crunch time." Manor continued to surge, as lordan Hutchins found Williams for another inside basket, before Hays' Grang- er Studdard make a layup to stop an impressive 18-0 run by the Mustangs. His basket momentarily stopped the bleeding, but Manor still led 48-31 with just over two minutes to play. "We made them play at our speed and controlled the game," Fuller said. 'Tknd then in a two or three min- ute span we had seven or eight turnovers. It's impossi- ble to overcome that against a talented team like Manor. They are one of the two best teams in the district." • Hays senior forward Chris Wise said he felt Hays had a real shot to upset the Mus- tangs. "We were playing great de- fense, and we could tell they were getting frustrated," Wise said. "They are a very fast team and they showed it during the fourth quarter. We still haven't learned how to put together a complete game, but that's something we're going to keep working hard on." In the first half, Hays trailed 5-0 before a Brandon Alvarado 3-pointer and Isa- iah Williams layup cut into the lead. Manor pushed its lead to 13-5, but another Williams layup and Alvarado 3-point-- er left the Rebels trailing 13 10 at the end of one quarter of play. Manor led 30-22 midway through the second quarter, but Caleb Kimbro's pass to Miller for a layup and Alvar- ado's steal and layup cut the gap to 30-27 at the break. ADWARE • SPYWARE MALWARE • VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband COMPI internet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2009 0 Mfr. 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