WEEKEND BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Hornets, Hurricanes impressive at Boerne Tourney

Central Catholic claims 9th-consecutive victory; Harlandale closes Hoop Fest with 2 wins

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Harlandale, Sam Houston, Southwest.

East Central (13-7) and Sam Houston (11-8) each won three of four games over the weekend at the Boerne ISD Tournament.

East Central closed the tournament with a pair of blowout victories Saturday over Laredo United 87-51 and Smithson Valley (14-7) 75-57. Sam Houston split its last two tournament games, defeating Southwest (4-15) 57-55 in overtime and falling 50-47 to San Antonio Christian (23-9).

For East Central, four players scored in double figures against Laredo United, led by senior guard Brandon McClure with 17 points. Senior Albert Jimenez contributed 16 points. Ceddrick Ali chipped in with 14 and junior Hector Sifuentes added 11. Brandon Keno scored nine.

Hornets individual statistics for the Smithson Valley game were unavailable. East Central opened a 25-14 lead in the first quarter and were ahed 49-38 at halftime. EC put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Rangers 12-7.

The Hornets only tournament loss was 96-90 to Clemens (17-2) on Friday.

Sam Houston outscored Southwest 8-6 in overtime to claim the win. The Hurricanes led 24-23 at halftime, but the Dragons gained a four-point advantage in the third quarter. Sam Houston won the fourth quarter by a 19-15 count.

Senior guard  Jordon Harris led the Hurricanes with 21 points. Junior Devin Allen scored 11.

Southwest received 15 points from 6-foot-4 senior post Ricardo Garcia. Aaron Emby (13 points), Latrel Grant (11) and Sal Martinez (11) also scored in double figures for the Dragons.

Against San Antonio Christian, Sam Houston bolted to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. However, the Lions dominated the next two quarters by a 29-16 count and the Hurricanes were unable to catch up.

Sam Houston individual statistics from the game were unavailable.

Southwest lost another heartbreaker Saturday, falling 61-60 to Seguin (7-13). The Matadors outscored the Dragons 32-18 in the fourth quarter. Southwest had led 30-21 at halftime.

Grant scored a team-high 19 points for the Dragons. Senior Devanta Hayes added 11. Embry and Garcia scored 10 points apiece.

Texan Hoop Fest

Harlandale (12-7) finished its three-day run in Wimberley with a pair of blowout victories. The Indians blasted Hawkins 75-53 and Wimberley 84-28 on Saturday.

Harlandale made 15 of 25 three-point attempts against Wimberley. Senior Brandon Ramon scored 18 points, with help from three 3-pointers. Jose Salinas and Jesus Maltos each made three 3-pointers and finished with nine points. Senior Guy Vargas hit a team-high four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.

Ram Torres and Joshua Rodriguez each contributed 11 points for the Indians. Ramon also added 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior Jacob Martinez dealt a team-high six assists.

` Against Hawkins (5-16), Harlandale got 18 points from Maltos and 14 from Salinas. Maltos, a 5-11 guard, made six 3-pointers and Salinas had four. Torres grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Ramon led the Indians with four assists and six steals.

Central Catholic 57, Floresville 48

Central Catholic (12-6) came back from a halftime deficit Friday in Floresville to extend its winning streak to nine-consecutive games.

The host Tigers (5-11) led 29-25 at halftime. Central Catholic took control in the third quarter, outscoring Floresville 18-7 over eight minutes to pull away for a 57-48 victory.

Senior wing Stuart Lynch led Central Catholic with 18 points. P.J. Escobar contributed 14 points. Tony Lewis added eight points.

BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL MIDSEASON REPORT: A look backward and a look ahead

Through Dec. 26

Some thoughts and observations on the boys and girls basketball seasons so far, before the district races begin to intensify (in alphabetical order, unless otherwise noted):

 

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BOYS TOP 15:

 

1. Lanier

2. Central Catholic

3. Edison

4. East Central

5. Harlandale

6. Sam Houston

7. Burbank

8. South San

9. Highlands

10. Brackenridge

11. McCollum

12. Southwest

13. Memorial

14. Southside

15. Jefferson

 

GIRLS TOP 15:

 

1. Brackenridge

2. Southwest

3. Harlandale

4. Highlands

5. South San

6. Lanier

7. Holy Cross

8. Edison

9. Southside

10. East Central

11. Jefferson

12. Kennedy

13. McCollum

14. Memorial

15. Sam Houston

 

 

POSSIBLE BOYS PLAYOFF TEAMSClass 5A: East Central, South San, Southwest. Class 4A: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial. Class 3A: Sam Houston. TAPPS: Central Catholic.

COMMENTS – Sam Houston again is prohibitive favorite in 28-3A. Harlandale looks to be a step ahead of the pack in 29-4A. Lanier and Edison could challenge Brennan for 28-4A title. East Central, Steele and possibly Corpus Christi Carroll should vie for first in 28-5A. Central Catholic will make the playoffs in TAPPS 2-5A, but can they finish ahead of Antonian?

 

POSSIBLE GIRLS PLAYOFF TEAMSClass 5A: East Central, South San, Southwest. Class 4A: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Kennedy, Lanier, Southside. Class 3A: Sam Houston. TAPPS: Holy Cross.

COMMENTS – Behind Steele, Southwest and Carroll should battle for second. Co-leader Brackenridge gets its shot at favored Brennan Saturday in 28-4A. Harlandale should make the postseason from 29-4A while Kennedy and Southside are longshots. Holy Cross is a solid bet for the playoffs in TAPPS 3-4A.

 

TOP 10 BOYS PLAYERS– Ceddrick Ali, East Central; P.J. Escobar, Central Catholic; Louis Garza, Lanier; Demarcus Hartsfield, Highlands; Jordon Harris, Sam Houston; Tony Lewis, Central Catholic; Olando Lopez, South San; Brandon McClure, East Central; Ajax Reyes, Lanier; LorenzoVela, Edison.  

THE NEXT DOZEN – Eric Alcozer, South San; Devin Allen, Sam Houston; Aaron Embry, Southwest; Armando Guerrero, Harlandale; Gabe Hildebrand, Brackenridge; Jeremy Jones, East Central; Stuart Lynch, Central Catholic; Moses Montalvo, Burbank; Brian Perez, Southwest; Chad Plummer, Central Catholic; Justin Torres, Edison; Ram Torres, Harlandale.

COMMENTS – There’s an outstanding crop of local boys players, led by standout guards Escobar, Harris or McClure, depending on the night. Central Catholic’s Lewis is starting to deliver on his promise as the area’s best big man. Ali, Lopez and Garza are great leaders. Reyes and Vela are the most improved of the group. Hartsfield’s best is ahead of him. The next 12 aren’t far behind.

 

TOP 10 GIRLS PLAYERS – Miranda Acuna, Brackenridge; Joslyn Flores, Holy Cross; Connie Garza, Harlandale; Breeann Hernandez, Brackenridge; Cameron Orta, Kennedy; Aaliyah Prince, Highlands; Skyler Reyna, Brackenridge; Tiffani Rodriguez, Southwest; Desiree Rodriguez, Southside; Kim Tobias, South San.  

HONORABLE MENTION – Sasha Barrientes, Jefferson; Sabrina Cortinas, Lanier; Elisabeth Crane, Fox Tech; Sabrina Guzman, Southside; Miranda Moreno, McCollum; Justyne Perez, Harlandale; Marisa Salas, Edison; Brianna Salinas, Holy Cross.

COMMENTS – Rodriguez of Southwest has been the area’s best, although Garza has had a strong senior season for Harlandale. Brackenridge is blessed with senior leaders Acuna and Hernandez, while Reyna is rapidly improving.

 

BOYS PLAYERS TO WATCH – Joe Aguilar, Memorial; Davonte Anderson, Brackenridge; Juwan Anderson, Sam Houston; Cosmo Cantu, McCollum; Andy Castro, Edison; Robert Christian, Sam Houston; Albert Jimenez, East Central; Trey Johnson, McCollum; Jesus Maltos, Harlandale; Michael Mascorro, Burbank; Nathan Martinez, McCollum; Bryan Obregon, Memorial; Brandon Ramon, Harlandale; Chris Salazar, Lanier; Jesus Samarripas, South San; Isaiah Vargas, Lanier; Richard Wallace, Brackenridge; Jared Zapata, Edison.

 

GIRLS PLAYERS TO WATCH – Adriana Aguinaga, Jefferson; Janik Alexander-Smith, East Central; Emilee Almazan, McCollum; Alexandra Busby, Southwest; Dionna Camino, Sam Houston; Angela Hardcastle, Highlands; Karyssa Henry, Southwest; Jazmine Jackson, Highlands; Briana Longoria, Southwest; Paula Moreno, Edison; Brittany Rodgers, East Central; Mayra Sendejo, Southside.

 

BOYS GAMES TO CIRCLE ON YOUR CALENDAR:

 

Lanier vs. Brennan at Paul Taylor Gym, Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge vs. Burbank at Lanier, Jan. 4, 2:30 p.m.

Highlands vs. Burbank at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 7, 5 p.m. (first game at the renovated gym)

McCollum at Harlandale, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.

La Vernia vs. Sam Houston at Lanier, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

Lanier vs. Edison at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

Floresville at Harlandale, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.

McCollum vs. Memorial at Edgewood Gym, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Antonian vs. Central Catholic at Bill Greehey Arena, St. Mary’s, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Brennan at Lanier, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge vs. Burbank at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.

Central Catholic vs. Antonian at Paul Taylor Gym, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Harlandale at McCollum, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Kennedy vs. Memorial at Edgewood Gym, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Carroll at South San, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

 

COMMENTS – Lanier will have its first showdown with Brennan Friday. The Alamo Convocation Center renovation is scheduled to be done in time for Highlands-Burbank Jan. 7. La Vernia, Sam Houston’s chief competition in 28-3A visits Jan. 21. Antonian-Central Catholic battles will be worth the price of admission Jan.24 and Feb. 6. The Harlandale-McCollum and Kennedy-Memorial rivalries could carry playoff significance Feb. 11.

 

GIRLS GAMES TO CIRCLE ON YOUR CALENDAR:

 

Brennan vs. Brackenridge at Lanier, Jan. 4, 1 p.m.

Steele at Southwest, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Harlandale at Southside, Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Edison vs. Highlands at Lanier, Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

Harlandale at McCollum, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Carroll at Southwest, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Edison vs. Lanier at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.

Highlands vs. Lanier at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 31, 5 p.m.

Kennedy at Southside, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.

Brackenridge vs. Brennan at O’Connor, Feb. 4, 5 p.m.

Southside at Harlandale, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi King at South San, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

COMMENTS – Brennan-Brackenridge is a crucial test for the Eagles Saturday. It could set the the tone for the remainder of District 28-4A , just as Steele-Southwest could Jan. 7 in 28-5A. Lanier’s playoff chances could depend on games Jan. 22 and Jan. 31. Kennedy-Southside Jan. 31 could be a battle for fourth place. Corpus Christi King at South San on the final day of the regular season also could have playoff implications.

 

 

 

FRIDAY BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Buttons defeat Floresville for 9th-straight win

Sam Houston picks up pair of wins in Boerne Tourney

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Harlandale, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest.

Central Catholic (12-6) came back from a halftime deficit Friday in Floresville to extend its winning streak to nine-consecutive games.

The host Tigers (5-11) led 29-25 at halftime. Central Catholic took control in the third quarter, outscoring Floresville 18-7 over eight mintues to pull away for a 57-48 victory.

Senior wing Stuart Lynch led Central Catholic with 18 points. P.J. Escobar contributed 14 points. Tony Lewis added eight points.

Boerne ISD Tournament

Sam Houston (10-7) got off to a rousing start at the Boerne ISD Tournament Friday, defeating Seguin 57-53 and Boerne 58-43.

Senior guard Jordon Harris erupted for 27 points against Seguin (6-12). Junior post Devin Allen chipped in with 10 points against the Matadors. The Hurricanes outscored Seguin 9-6 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Against Boerne (12-8), Robert Christian stepped forward for the Hurricanes with 21 points. Harris added 14 points and Allen finished with 10.

East Central (11-7) split two close games, defeating Round Rock McNeil 62-60 and falling 96-90 to Clemens (15-2) in a shootout.

The Hornets trailed 30-27 at halftime against McNeil, but the Hornets outscored the Mavericks 17-12 in the third quarter and held on to win. Senior guard Ceddrick Ali led East Central with 17 points. Seniors Brandon McClure and Albert Jimenez scored 13 apiece. Junior Robert Keno supplied eight points.

Against Clemens, the Buffaloes built a 50-36 halftime cushion. The Hornets raced to 54 second-half points to make the final margin close.

McClure scored 22 points and Ali provided 20 to lead the Hornets. Jimenez finished with 14 points. Keno, Patrick Hamilton and Jeremy Jones all contributed nine points.

Jalon Gates scored 23 for Clemens.

Southwest (4-13) lost a tough tournament game 51-45 to Boerne Champion (10-3) and fell 49-38 to San Antonio Christian (21-8). 

Corpus Christi Calallen Tournament

South San (9-8) crushed Alice 81-25 and lost 52-45 to Corpus Christi Miller in two games Friday in Corpus Christi.

Junior guard  Olando Lopez led the Bobcats with 22 points against Alice. Seniors Eric Alcozer (15 points), David Valdez (14) and Thomas Fonseca (10) all scored in double figures.

Lopez scored 13 against Miller. Alcozer and Jesse Samarripas added nine apiece.

Texan Hoop Fest

Harlandale (10-7) split two games Friday in Wimberley, defeating Austin Concordia Academy 75-57 and losing a 69-68 heartbreaker to Leander Rouse.

` Harlandale began the tournament Thursday with a  65-59 loss to Pflugerville Connally and a 66-55 loss to The Woodlands College Park.

No individual statistics are available for the Indians from any of the tournament games.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Holiday results (thru Jan. 4)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 22-Jan. 4

Thursday’s results

Non-district

Texan Hoop Fest

At Wimberley

Pflugerville Connally (???) 65, Harlandale (9-6) 59

The Woodlands College Park 66, Harlandale (9-6) 55

Friday’s results

Non-district

Central Catholic (12-6) 57, Floresville (5-11) 48

Boerne Tournament

East Central (11-7) 62, Round Rock McNeil (???) 60 

Sam Houston (10-7) 57, Seguin (6-12) 53 

Sam Houston (10-7) 58, Boerne (12-8) 43

Boerne Champion (10-3 ???) 51, Southwest (4-13 ???) 45

Clemens (15-2) 96, East Central (11-7) 90

San Antonio Christian (21-8) 49, Southwest (4-13 ???) 38

Corpus Christi Calallen Tournament

South San (9-8) 81, Alice (???) 25

Corpus Christi Miller (???) 52, South San (9-8) 45

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

Brennan (13-4) 97, Holy Cross (4-12 ???) 22

Texan Hoop Fest

At Wimberley

Harlandale (10-7) 75, Austin Concordia Academy (???) 57

Leander Rouse (???) 69, Harlandale (10-7) 68

Saturday’s results

Non-district

Boerne Tournament

East Central (13-7) 87, Laredo United (???) 51

Sam Houston (11-8) 57, Southwest (4-15 ???) 55 (OT)

Seguin (10-7) 61, Southwest (4-15 ???) 60

San Antonio Christian (22-9) 50, Sam Houston (11-8) 47

East Central (13-7) 87, Laredo United (???) 51

Corpus Christi Calallen Tournament

San Angelo Central (???) 66, South San (9-9) 55

Corpus Christi Calallen (???) 40, South San (9-9) 37

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

Uvalde (7-9 ???) 68, Holy Cross (4-13 ???) 57

Texan Hoop Fest

At Wimberley

Harlandale (12-7) 75, Hawkins (5-16) 53

Harlandale (12-7) 84, Wimberley (4-11 ???) 28

Monday, Dec. 30 results

District 28-4A

Edison (13-9, 2-0) 63, Highlands (7-11 ???, 1-1) 33

District 29-4A

McCollum (11-8, 1-1) 64, Memorial (5-12 ???, 1-1) 63

Non-district

Central Catholic (13-6) 87, Houston St. Thomas (???) 57

Tuesday, Dec. 31 results

District 28-4A

Lanier (15-4, 1-1) 53, Jefferson (4-14 ???, 0-2) 31

Burbank (9-9, 1-1) 62, Fox Tech (1-17, 0-2) 21

Brennan (14-4, 2-0) 79, Brackenridge (10-10, 1-1) 66

District 29-4A

Kennedy (3-14 ???, 1-1) 51, Medina Valley (9-11, 0-2) 49

Uvalde (8-9 ???, 2-0) 64, Southside (5-15, 0-2) 57

Floresville (6-11, 2-0) 62, Harlandale (12-8, 1-1) 42

Thursday, Jan. 2 results

Non-district

FEAST (7-10 ???) at Holy Cross (4-13 ???), 8 p.m. (score unavailable)

Friday, Jan. 3 results

District 28-4A

Highlands (8-11 ???, 2-1) 52, Jefferson (4-16, 0-3) 43

Brennan (15-4, 3-0) 51, Lanier (15-5, 1-2) 36

District 29-4A

Harlandale (13-8, 2-1) 65, Kennedy (3-15 ???, 1-2) 55

Floresville (7-11, 3-0) 61, Memorial (5-13 ???, 1-2) 59

McCollum (12-8, 2-1) 75, Uvalde (8-10 ???, 2-1) 71

Medina Valley (10-11, 1-2) 44, Southside (5-16, 0-3) 34

Non-district

New Braunfels Canyon (12-4) 75, Southwest (4-16 ???) 60

East Central (13-7) 83, Wagner (14-2) 80 (OT)

Central Catholic (14-6)55, New Braunfels (11-10) 51

Sam Houston (11-7) 68, Holy Cross (4-14 ???) 40

Saturday, Jan. 4 games

District 28-4A

Edison (14-9, 3-0) 62, Fox Tech (1-18, 0-3) 35

Brackenridge (11-10, 2-1) 59, Burbank (9-10, 1-2) 45

Non-district

Smithson Valley (14-4) 65, South San (9-10) 38

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Holiday results (thru Jan. 4)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 22-Jan. 4

Saturday’s results

Non-district

Austin Bowie (10-4 ???) 57East Central (7-13) 17

Southwest (16-5) 58, Devine (12-7) 50

Monday, Dec. 30 results

District 28-4A

Highlands (16-9, 5-2) 60, Lanier (8-13 ???, 5-3) 36

District 29-4A

Uvalde (7-10, 1-3) 48, Southside (9-11, 1-3) 43

Non-district

Antonian (2-14 ???) 64, South San (9-12 ???) 35

Schertz John Paul II (7-2 ???) 50, Holy Cross (10-17) 48

Tuesday, Dec. 31 results

District 28-4A

Jefferson (8-11, 3-5) 60, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-17, 0-7) 31

Brennan (17-0, 8-0) 82, Edison (10-15, 3-4) 10

Brackenridge (19-4, 7-060, Burbank (4-14 ???, 1-6) 33

District 29-4A

Medina Valley (13-6, 4-0) 48, Kennedy (7-9 ???, 2-2) 33

Floresville (14-10, 4-0) 47, Harlandale (13-9, 2-2) 41

McCollum (5-13, 1-3) 43, Memorial (5-14 ???, 1-3) 29

Non-district

Incarnate Word (14-6) 45, Fox Tech (4-13) 6

Smithson Valley (8-11) 59, Sam Houston (1-15 ???) 29

New Braunfels (9-6) 67, Southwest (16-6) 59

Friday, Jan. 3 results

District 28-5A

Southwest (17-6, 1-0) 68, Corpus Christi King (3-5 ???, 0-1) 49

Steele (15-4, 1-0) 50, Corpus Christi Carroll (19-6, 0-1) 34

East Central (8-13, 1-0) 40, South San (9-13, 0-1) 31

District 28-4A

Burbank (5-14 ???, 2-6) 50, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-18, 0-8) 21

Highlands (17-9, 6-2) 58, Jefferson (8-12, 3-6) 37

District 29-4A

Floresville (15-10, 5-0) 70, Memorial (5-15 ???, 1-4) 32

Harlandale (14-9, 3-2) 48, Kennedy (7-10 ???, 2-3) 36

Medina Valley (14-6, 5-0) 58, Southside (9-12 1-4) 45

McCollum (6-13, 2-3) 56, Uvalde (7-11, 1-4) 53

District 28-3A

La Vernia (18-5, 1-0) 42, Sam Houston (1-16 ???, 0-1) 36

Poteet (4-13, 1-0) 47, Hawkins (2-10 ???, 0-1) 41

Somerset (9-8 ???, 0-0) at Pleasanton (3-16 ???, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. (score unavailable)

Saturday, Jan. 4 games

District 28-4A

Edison (11-15, 4-4) 58, Fox Tech (4-14, 1-6) 17

Brennan (17-0, 8-0) 79, Brackenridge (19-5, 7-1) 37

BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Edison edges Lanier in overtime to open 28-4A season

Central Catholic fends off Sam Houston for 8th-straight win; East Central makes up 17-point deficit to beat Reagan 

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, Sam Houston.

Edison outscored the host Voks 10-7 in overtime to win 59-46 at Lanier Friday in the District 28-4A season opener for both teams. It was the fifth win in six games for the Golden Bears (12-9).

“We were fortunate to knock down some free throws at the end,” Edison coach Art Vela said. “We got the lead and we maintained it. In regulation, both teams had a chance to win it at the end. I think we were able to get into a little better rhythm in the second half.

“We made some shots, hit our free throws and were able to control the ball more.”

Lanier (14-4, 0-1), ranked No. 20 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state Class 4A poll, led 15-7 after one quarter and 31-23 at halftime.

“We definitely had some good stretches in the first half, and we also had some lulls,” Lanier coach Rudy Bernal said. “We let them get a little closer after halftime. In the third quarter, we were able to regain a nice lead, but we let it slip away in the fourth quarter.”

Edison began its comeback by outscoring the Voks 14-7 in the third quarter.

Junior Lorenzo Vela led Edison with 22 points. Senior Justin Torres added 11 points and Jared Zapata scored 10.

“In the first half, our matchups were downright terrible on defense,” Vela said. “Our intensity wasn’t there. At halftime, we made some adjustments on defense and also on offense. We were getting erratic (offensively), and we started to control the ball more – and our defense picked up a notch. They pretty much controlled the game the whole first half.”

For Lanier, senior Ajax Reyes scored a team-high 20 points. Rodrigo Garcia also was in double figures with 10 points. Senior post Nicholas Garcia finished with nine points.

“These guys remember that we lost two big scorers to graduation with Joe Luis Gonzales and Martin Sanchez,” Bernal said. “They were two really good three-point shooters. We don’t have that right now, so our scoring has to come from different areas of the floor. We have to do some different things to score.”

Central Catholic 67, Sam Houston 62

The Buttons (11-6) won their eighth-consecutive game Friday at Sam Houston (8-7). Central Catholic rolleto a 40-19 halftime lead, but the Hurricanes made it close in the end.

Senior guard P.J. Escobar led Central Catholic with 24 points. Tony Lewis contributed 15 points. Chris Paz scored eight

For the Sam Houston, senior Jordon Harris was the top scorer with 17 points. Juwan Anderson scored 13 points. Sophomore Raymonte Prime chipped in with 10. Robert Christian provided eight points.

East Central 67, Reagan 57

The Hornets (10-6) outscored Reagan (7-7) 33-16 in the second half to win the non-district game Saturday afternoon at East Central. The Rattlers led 41-34 at halftime.

Senior guard Ceddrick Ali led East Central with 17 points. Brandon McClure chipped in with 11 points. Jeremy Jones and sophomore Ethan White each scored 10 points.

Highlands 71, Burbank 65

The Owls (6-10, 1-0) notched their second solid victory of the week, defeating Burbank (8-9, 0-1) Friday at Lanier on the first night of District 28-4A season.

Highlands, which defeated Southwest in overtime Tuesday, established an 18-12 lead in the first quarter but the Bulldogs were within four points entering the final quarter.

Sophomore DeMarcus Hartfield led the Owls with 21 points. Jamaria Moody scored 12 points. Jacob Cedillo, Joseph Jackson, JerMichael Shirley and Xavier Long all had seven points apiece.

Moses Montalvo led a typically balanced Bulldogs lineup with 12 points. Michael Mascorro and Jordan Santos each contributed eight points.

Harlandale 66, Medina Valley 44

Harlandale (9-4, 1-0) blitzed Medina Valley (9-10, 0-1) Friday in Castroville, outscoring the Panthers 44-10 in the first half.

Joshua Rodriguez supplied a team-best 13 points for  Harlandale. Armando Guerrero, George Rodriguez and Guy Vargas each finished with 10 points. Ram Torres recorded nine points.

Brackenridge 68, Fox Tech 32

The Eagles (10-9, 1-0) started their District 28-4A season with a commanding win over the Buffaloes (1-16, 0-1) Friday at Brackenridge.

Sophomore post Richard Wallace led Brackenridge with 16 points. Nathan Avila scored 11 points and Everett Patino added eight.

Senior Santos Vargas scored 10 points for Fox Tech.

Memorial 81, Southside 64

The Minutemen (6-12, 1-0) raced to a 37-21 halftime lead over the Cardinals (5-14, 0-1) in the District 28-4A opener for both teams Friday at Edgewood Gym.

Junior guard Bryan Obregon led Memorial with 28 points. Xavier Abrigo contributed 19 points. Senior Joe Aguilar scored 14.

Junior David Garza was the leading scorer for Southside, scoring 21 points. Post Drevon Brown added 19.

GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Memorial surprises Southside for first 29-4A win

Jefferson gives undefeated Eagles scare in 28-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Jefferson, Lanier, Memorial, Southside, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Memorial tasted the agony of defeat Tuesday. Friday at Southside, the Minutemen (5-13, 1-2) experienced the thrill of a decisive, yet unexpected victory.

Coming off a 49-18 loss to archrival Kennedy, Memorial displayed its resilience with a 53-41 win over Southside (9-10, 1-2).

The Minutemen grabbed a 24-4 lead on the Cardinals in the first quarter. Southside wasn’t able to make up the deficit, despite outscoring Memorial 17-10 in the second quarter and 20-19 in the second half.

Unfortunately, individual scorers for Memorial weren’t available.

Point guard Sabrina Guzman recorded 17 points, seven steals and three assists for Southside. Desiree Rodriguez scored 12 points, had four rebounds and made two steals. Selena Raudales was credited with four steals and Aimee Wood made three.

Brackenridge 56, Jefferson 50

Jefferson (7-11, 2-5) was tied with the undefeated Eagles (17-4, 6-0) 29-29 at halftime Friday and 40-40 after three quarter, before host Brackenridge finally pulled away to win the District 28-4A game.

Sophomore forward Skyler Reyna led second-place Brackenridge with 17 points. The backcourt duo of Breann Hernandez and Miranda Acuna provided 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Adriana Aguinaga led Jefferson with14 points. Angela Hardcastle scored 12 and Mary Loera put in eight points.

Lanier 60, YWLA 29

The third-place Voks (8-12, 5-2) won for the third time in four games Saturday at Lanier, defeating Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-16, 0-6).

Ruby Garza scored a whopping 26 points for Lanier. LeeAnn Martinez added 12 points. Sabrina Cortinas and Amanda Reyes each produced eight points.

YWLA received 11 points from Serina Trevino and 10 from Clarissa Castro.

Edison 58, Burbank 39

The Golden Bears (9-14,3-3) prevailed in each of two very different halves Friday. Edison led 16-8 at halftime and outscored the Bulldogs 42-31 in the second half.

Senior Marisa Salas led Edison with 17 points. Amy Marcos scored 13 points and Jody Alatorre added 11.

Alejandro Martinez led Burbank with 15 points. Cory Sepulveda contributed nine points.

BOYS BASKETBALL MIDWEEK REPORT: Hurricanes get past pesky Brack

efferson gets back on track with win over Southside

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Sam Houston, Southside.

Sam Houston (8-6) got 17 points from senior guard Jordon Harris to win a non-district rivalry game 45-40 Tuesday at Brackenridge.

The teams were tied 12-12 after one quarter, but the Hurricanes got some separation by outscoring the Cardinals 14-7 in the second period. Brackenridge was within 35-31 entering the fourth quarter.

No Hurricanes player other than Harris scored more than six points.

Sophomore post Richard Wallace led the Eagles with 14 points and seven rebounds. Aaron Lopez scored eight points and dealt five assists.

Jefferson 50, Southside 35

The Mustangs (4-11) ended a four-game losing streak with a non-district win over Southside (5-11) Wednesday at Jefferson.

Jefferson outscored the Cardinals 16-11 in the first quarter and led 26-14at halftime.

Tony Lopez led the Mustangs with 13 points and Brandon Garcia scored 11. Southside received 13 points from senior Drevon Brown and 11 from Francisco Solis.

Somerset 72, Holy Cross 71

Jacob Gonzalez scored 36 points, pushing Somerset (1-11) to a one-point victory – its first of the season – Tuesday at Holy Cross (4-11).

The Knights made it close in a high-scoring fourth quarter. Holy Cross outscored the Bulldogs 31-27 in the final eight minutes. Somerset led 35-26 at halftime.

Junior Eric Contero led Holy Cross with 19 points. Post Richard Larque contributed 13 points. John Autry and Jonathan Bailey each scored 11.

GIRLS BASKETBALL MIDWEEK REPORT: Dragons blend experience and youth to craft 4-game win streak

Edison launches comeback to defeat Jefferson in 28-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED: Edison, Harlandale, Jefferson, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest.

Photos taken by KJ Toso. For more photos (including the Southwest-Somerset JV game) or to purchase photos, please visit: kjtoso.photoreflect.com

Southwest junior Alexandra Busby (3) pulls up for a jumper over the entire Somerset team. Busby scored 10 points.
Southwest junior Alexandra Busby (3) pulls up for a jumper over the entire Somerset team. Busby scored 10 points.
Southwest freshman Briana Longoria (21) defends Somerset's top scorer Alexis Trevino, who scored eight points.
Southwest freshman Briana Longoria (21) defends Somerset’s top scorer Alexis Trevino, who scored eight points.
Southwest's Gaby Bernal drives for two points.
Southwest’s Gaby Bernal drives for two points.

When Southwest senior Tiffani Rodriguez was a freshman, she had good role models to look up to.

Then-senior Shana Holmes, the No. 4 all-time scorer in the San Antonio area, was the Dragons’ top scorer.

Holmes, who averaged 23.8 points in 2010-11, amassed nearly 2,600 points in her Southwest career. Classmate Chatavia Boone-Fudge accounted for roughly 1,500 points and 1,200 rebounds.

Cut to this season when Rodriguez is approaching the 2,000-point mark herself, despite deferring to Holmes and Boone-Fudge as a young player. She carried a 13.8 average that season.

“We’ve been really blessed,” Southwest coach Bill Avey said, “with a young team to have a senior like Tiff. She’s just closing in on 2,000 points, and that’s a pretty special number.”

Rodriguez leads the Dragons (16-5) with a 13.9 average, which has dropped from 17.8 last season. The reason for the decrease is that she’s helping to bring along a young group that includes three freshmen and a precocious sophomore,

“Tiff has been there,” Avey said. “Now she has a chance to mentor this team. She knows what they’ve been through and she’s providing a lot of leadership.”

Rodriguez deferred to the youngsters a bit Monday. She scored 12 points against Somerset (9-8).

Freshman Brianna Longoria came off the bench to lead the Dragons with 16 points at Southwest as they demolished Somerset 68-22. Longoria has an 8.3 scoring average.

Busby scored 10 points and freshman post Melissa Lockridge added seven points. The other freshman, point guard Jenyl Henry, mustered four points.

Henry helped Southwest register a key 66-60 win over Alamo Heights Dec. 10 with 13 points, including four clutch points down the stretch.

“I haven’t had a freshman point guard in 15 years,” Avey said. “Jenyl doesn’t score much, but she has a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and she averages five assists a game.

“Brianna gives us a lot of firepower off the bench and Missy (Lockridge) is a very sound player.”

Southwest claimed another important victory during its current four-game winning streak. The Dragons defeated Smithson Valley 65-51 Dec. 13. Rodriguez scored 32 points in that game and 28 against Alamo Heights.

“We’re playing very well as a team,” Avey said.

Edison 53, Jefferson 50

The Golden Bears (8-14, 2-3) overcame a nine-point, first-quarter deficit to defeat Jefferson (7-10, 2-4) in a District 28-4A game Wednesday.

The Mustangs bolted to a 23-14 lead in the first eight minutes. Edison closed to 32-26 at halftime. The Golden Bears overtook Jefferson by outscoring their district rival 13-7 in the final quarter.

Hannah Diano led Edison with 16 points in one of her best offensive outputs of the season. Amy Marcos added 11 points. Jasmine Alvarado and Jody Alatorre each scored nine.

Sasha Barrientes topped Jefferson’s scorers with 12 points. Adriana Aquinaga and Angela Hardcastle each supplied 11 points. Melanie Ybarra chipped in with nine points.

Harlandale 44, McCollum 34

Senior post Connie Garza produced a career-high 37 points to help the Indians (13-7, 2-0) hold off a strong effort from the rival Cowboys (4-12, 0-2) Tuesday at Harlandale for a District 29-4A  victory.

The Indians took an 11-6 lead in the first quarter. McCollum closed within 17-14 at halftime, but Harlandale gradually pulled away.

Elva Rios led the Cowboys with nine points. Only three players scored for Harlandale.

South San 62, Sam Houston 57

In a rare scheduled meeting between Class 5A South San (9-10) and Class 3A Sam Houston (1-4) Tuesday, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final quarter. Host Sam Houston came back like a tidal wave in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 26-13 as they tried to work off a double-digit halftime deficit.

South San built a 39-23 halftime lead and extended their lead to 18 points when the third quarter ended.

Junior Kassandra Valdez led the Bobcats with a career-high 26 points. Kimberly Tobias added 15 points and Lauren Estrada scored 11.

Junior Monisha Jones had an outstanding game for the Hurricanes with 21 points. Dionna Camino scored 16.

FRIDAY BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Edison edges Lanier in overtime to open 28-4A season

Central Catholic fends off Sam Houston for 8th-straight win

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Central Catholic, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, Memorial, Sam Houston, Southside.

Edison outscored the host Voks 10-7 in overtime to win 59-46 at Lanier Friday in the District 28-4A season opener for both teams. It was the fifth win in six games for the Golden Bears (12-9).

Lanier (14-4, 0-1), ranked No. 20 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state Class 4A poll, led 15-7 after one quarter and 31-23 at halftime. Edison began its comeback by outscoring the Voks 14-7 in the third quarter.

Junior Lorenzo Vela led Edison with 22 points. Senior Justin Torres added 11 points and Jared Zapata scored 10.

For Lanier, senior Ajax Reyes scored a team-high 20 points. Rodrigo Garcia also was in double figures with 10 points. Senior post Nicholas Garcia finished with nine points.

Central Catholic 67, Sam Houston 62

The Buttons (11-6) won their eighth-consecutive game Friday at Sam Houston (8-7). Central Catholic rolleto a 40-19 halftime lead, but the Hurricanes made it close in the end.

Senior guard P.J. Escobar led Central Catholic with 24 points. Tony Lewis contributed 15 points. Chris Paz scored eight

For the Sam Houston, senior Jordon Harris was the top scorer with 17 points. Juwan Anderson scored 13 points. Sophomore Raymonte Prime chipped in with 10. Robert Christian provided eight points.

Highlands 71, Burbank 65

The Owls (6-10, 1-0) notched their second solid victory of the week, defeating Burbank (8-9, 0-1) Friday at Lanier on the first night of District 28-4A season.

Highlands, which defeated Southwest in overtime Tuesday, established an 18-12 lead in the first quarter but the Bulldogs were within four points entering the final quarter.

Sophomore DeMarcus Hartfield led the Owls with 21 points. Jamaria Moody scored 12 points. Jacob Cedillo, Joseph Jackson, JerMichael Shirley and Xavier Long all had seven points apiece.

Moses Montalvo led a typically balanced Bulldogs lineup with 12 points. Michael Mascorro and Jordan Santos each contributed eight points.

Harlandale 66, Medina Valley 44

Harlandale (9-4, 1-0) blitzed Medina Valley (9-10, 0-1) Friday in Castroville, outscoring the Panthers 44-10 in the first half.

Joshua Rodriguez supplied a team-best 13 points for  Harlandale. Armando Guerrero, George Rodriguez and Guy Vargas each finished with 10 points. Ram Torres recorded nine points.

Brackenridge 68, Fox Tech 32

The Eagles (10-9, 1-0) started their District 28-4A season with a commanding win over the Buffaloes (1-16, 0-1) Friday at Brackenridge.

Sophomore post Richard Wallace led Brackenridge with 16 points. Nathan Avila scored 11 points and Everett Patino added eight.

Senior Santos Vargas scored 10 points for Fox Tech.

Memorial 81, Southside 64

The Minutemen (6-12, 1-0) raced to a 37-21 halftime lead over the Cardinals (5-14, 0-1) in the District 28-4A opener for both teams Friday at Edgewood Gym.

Junior guard Bryan Obregon led Memorial with 28 points. Xavier Abrigo contributed 19 points. Senior Joe Aguilar scored 14.

Junior David Garza was the leading scorer for Southside, scoring 21 points. Post Drevon Brown added 19.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Top-ranked Judson slips away from East Central after halftime

Rockets chipped away at Hornets’ second-quarter lead

Even No. 1-ranked teams have to consider they’re best path to victory and steer around possible dead ends.

Judson coach Mike Wacker knew from experience that his team didn’t want to run with host East Central (9-6) Tuesday at the Stan Bonewitz Center. So the Rockets (16-1) worked on slowing things to a crawl in the second half of a 56-44 non-district victory over their former district rivals.

The veteran Rockets coach understood the threat posed by Hornets senior guards Ceddrick Ali and Brandon McClure. He also respected East Central’s team speed.

“(McClure) is such a great scorer,” Wacker said. “He and Ceddrick are outstanding. They lit us up last year. We didn’t want to run with East Central. It was to our advantage to lower the number of possessions. Our defense was really good in the second half.”

Unranked East Central led the Rockets, No. 1 in the Express-News area rankings, by as much as seven points in the second quarter. Judson, however, scored seven of the last nine points in the first half in what became a 20-7 run.

“We turned the ball over six times (in the third quarter) when they were not pressing,” East Central coach Jeff Sweet said. “We only turned it over once in the first half, and we were still tied at halftime. We should have been ahead. Then we just got sloppy.”

East Central took an 8-4 lead at the outset, following back-to-back, three-point baskets from McClure and 6-foot-7 senior post Jeremy Jones (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals). The Hornets’ lead quickly grew to 13-5 as junior wing Brandon Keno nailed a 15-footer and Jones scored three more points off a pair of drives.

“Jeremy was really effective early in the game,” Sweet said. “He had bigger guys on him, so he’s going to look to go (to the basket). He was our leading scorer with 10 points at halftime, but then he didn’t score in the second half.”

After a steal, Jones was on a breakaway when a Judson player fouled him from behind. The flagrant foul left Jones with a bloody nose, which meant that Sweet could choose a player to shoot the resulting foul shots Ethan White came off the bench to make a free throw and it was 14-7 Hornets.

As a consequence of the flagrant foul, the Hornets maintained possession. Ali drove the ball and dished to senior Albert Jimenez to complete the three-point possession with 2:38 left in the first quarter.

“We played pretty well,” Sweet said of the first half. “We were very competitive and we opened up a lead, but I thought (Judson) did a good job of coming back and getting the win. We played well, but we still were tied at halftime.”

Judson slashed into East Central’s nine-point lead with a long outlet pass from 6-7 Tanner Leissner to speedy guard Julian Erickson. Erickson (19 points, 3 assists) returned the favor with an alley-oop lob to Leissner (14 points, 9 rebounds) for a dunk that made it 16-13 on the Rockets’ next possession.

“Julian is a tremendous competitor,” Wacker said. “He’s still learning the pace of the game. He can drive the basketball and he can pull up and shoot. He’s a talented young man.”

The second quarter opened with Judson trailing by three, but East Central quickly doubled the deficit with a three-pointer from McClure (8 points) on the left wing. A basket by Jones on a skillful finger roll and a three-pointer from Wanya Ward off an assist from Jones extended the lead to 26-19 with 3:48 until halftime.

“I give a lot of credit to East Central,” Mike Wacker said. “They knocked us on our heels. They made it hard to score. They’re a quality team. Any time you win at the Bonewitz Center, you’re fortunate.”

Two consecutive baskets from 6-9 David Wacker, son of the Judson coach, followed by two from substitute Rayshon Winn – the latter a three-pointer – gave the Rockets a brief 28-26 lead. Ali (14 points) closed the half with a driving layup.

“The height really helped us,” Wacker said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had this much height.”

Ali scored the first five points in the second half, but Erickson launched two 3-pointers to put Judson ahead. The second began a run of 10 unanswered points that made it 41-33. It included a three-pointer and a rebound basket from Wacker.

“We couldn’t get a run like that,” Sweet said. “(Erickson) really hurt us in the third quarter. He was good coming off their screens.”

East Central, which only made one turnover in the first half, committed five in that stretch.

“We switched defenses effectively,” Sweet said of the first half. “But they started hitting some shots and knocked down some threes. We stopped scoring and the pace got really slow. They ran some matchup zone. That hurt us.

“We got really sloppy.”

A basket from Jimenez ended the run with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter, but it counted as the Hornets’ last points until 5:49 remained in the game. Judson outscored East Central 15-7 in the quarter.

The Rockets began the final quarter with a 7-2 spurt. A jumper from Jimenez on the right side, a transition basket from Ali off a steal and a three-pointer by the senior guard put East Central within 52-44 with 46.3 seconds remaining.

Judson made four of six free throws to secure the win.

“It’s a good group,” Wacker said of his team. “We have good senior leadership. We have good players inside and good players outside. And they work well together.”

East Central has had some big wins against Judson in recent years, and looked like it could be on the verge of another in the first half.

Ali scored 29 points and McClure had 21 as the Hornets won the scheduled game last year. The Rockets won the first meeting of the season. East Central also nipped Judson 62-61 in  2010 when they were in the same district.

“Judson was No. 1 coming in, so this game meant a lot,” Sweet said. “Defensively, they got their hands on a lot of balls. Leissner did a great job. We didn’t get many rebounds. We didn’t play well offensively in the second half. We just weren’t sharp.”

Unfortunately for the Hornets, the same problems that plagued their football team have dogged them on the court.

Jones and Jimenez were both playing with shoulder injuries.  Additionally, McClure was under the weather with the flu against Judson.

“We’re going to be right in the mix,” Sweet said. “We definitely have a chance to win it. We need to lock teams up defensively and our young guys have to continue to get better, and it’s tough to do that when the minutes aren’t there.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southwest-Somerset photo gallery, Dec. 16, 2013 (photos by KJ Toso)

Photos taken by KJ Toso. For more photos (including the Southwest-Somerset JV game) or to purchase photos, please visit: kjtoso.photoreflect.com

Southwest's Gaby Bernal drives for two points.
Southwest’s Gabby Bernal drives for two points.
Southwest freshman post Melissa Lockridge powers past a Somerset defender to the basket. Lockridge scored seven points.
Southwest freshman post Melissa Lockridge powers past a Somerset defender to the basket. Lockridge scored seven points.
Southwest junior Alexandra Busby (3) pulls up for a jumper over the entire Somerset team. Busby scored 10 points.
Southwest sophomore Alexandra Busby (3) pulls up for a jumper over the entire Somerset team. Busby scored 10 points.
Southwest freshman Briana Longoria (21) defends Somerset's top scorer Alexis Trevino, who scored eight points.
Southwest freshman Brianna Longoria (21) defends Somerset’s top scorer Alexis Trevino, who scored eight points.
Southwest freshman Briana Longoria looks for driving room to score two of her game-high 16 points.
Southwest freshman Brianna Longoria looks for driving room to score two of her game-high 16 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Edison takes fifth place in Pride of Texas Tourney

Burbank undefeated in first two days to finish fourth at Pride; Central Catholic undefeated at Harlandale ISD Tourney

Highly competitive tournaments have been very kind to Edison recently.

The Golden Bears (11-9) won three of four games last weekend in the Pride of Texas Tournament at Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway. A week earlier, Edison finished second at the Marble Falls Tournament, losing only in the championship game to Alamo Heights, which is No. 1 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state Class 4A rankings.

Edison’s victims at Marble Falls included two of the top 4A teams in the Houston area.

The Golden Bears didn’t have any high-profile victories in Corpus Christi, but won those three games by an average margin of more than 13 points. Edison placed fifth in the tournament, just behind fourth-place Burbank (8-8).

“It went OK,” Edison coach Art Vela said of the Pride of Texas Tournament. “We opened up with Roma and beat them by about 30. Our only loss was to Georgetown, 39-35. I think the guys were a little bit worn out by Saturday.

“Coming off (the Marble Falls tourney) and playing a game (against Kennedy Dec. 10), they didn’t have a lot left by Saturday. But any time you win three of four games in a tournament, you have to be happy.”

For a team that lost five of its first six games this season, the recent accomplishments are a sign of great improvement. It’s important to note that five of those losses were by 10 points or fewer and that they came against tough opponents.

“We’ve worked hard on offense and defense,” Edison senior point guard Justin Torres said. “Last year, we went one-and-out (in the playoffs). We can do well this year. We have good focus and a good work ethic.”

Edison opened the Pride of Texas with a 63-32 win over Roma, which pitted the Golden Bears against Georgetown in the quarterfinals. It was a challenge Vela looked forward to.

“We had our opportunities to advance,” he said. “We did a good job. We played good defense, we just couldn’t hit a basket, to tell the truth, and we missed a lot of free throws.” Edison finished the tournament with a 65-39 win over Orange Grove and a 38-32 victory over Georgetown East View in the fifth-place game. Lorenzo Vela scored 10 points and Andy Castro had nine against East View.

Burbank, which also has made steady improvement since losing its opener 63-43 to Harlandale, beat Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 51-43 and defeated Orange Grove (score unavailable) to reach the semifinals. Second-place Georgetown defeated the Bulldogs 46-30 and lost 56-42 to League City Clear Falls in the third-place game.

The Bulldogs were led by Juan Castillo with nine points in the third-place game.

The Golden Bears open District 28-4A play Friday against Lanier (13-3), No. 20 in the TABC 4A rankings. The 8 p.m. contest takes place at Lanier. Burbank plays a 7:30 p.m. game at Highlands (5-10) in its district opener.

Harlandale ISD Tournament

The Harlandale ISD Tournament doesn’t officially crown a champion, but the winner was clear cut after Saturday’s early afternoon contest. Central Catholic (9-6) prevailed 59-49 over Harlandale (8-5_ in a battle of teams that had won their first four tourney games.

The Buttons, which extended its winning streak to seven games, led just 44-42 entering the fourth quarter in a game that had featured several lead changes. Central Catholic scored the next seven points, then maintained the lead with six-of-six foul shooting from senior guard P.J. Escobar (21 points).

“It was just executing, really,” Escobar said. “We just tried to run our offense and play with energy, and that got us the win. We just played smart with the ball.”

Buttons junior Tony Lewis added 15 points. Harlandale was led by nine points apiece from George Rodriguez and Joshua Rodriguez.

McCollum (10-6) also won its final tournament game, defeating South San 59-41.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southside defeats McCollum for first time in three years

Cardinals pull away from Cowboys with second-quarter run

To Southside’s players, there was something about Friday’s win at McCollum that was more valuable than notching a first victory in the District 29-4A season.

“It was nice to win the first game,” Southside sophomore Mayra Sendejo said, “but we haven’t beaten McCollum in three years.”

Southside (9-8, 1-0) finished the first half with a 13-1 run that broke open a close game. The Cardinals defeated McCollum (4-11, 0-1) 56-40.

“They’d had our number,” Southside coach Dolores Sulaica said. “It’s always kind of a close game. I don’t think it’s a matter of our size or experience. It’s a matter of coming out in the right frame of mind and carrying it all through the game. I’m thankful these girls have played the same, whether we’re down 10 or up 14.”

Southside scored six of the first eight points, but McCollum stayed close on the strength of two 3-point baskets from Emilee Almazan (8 points). The Cowboys actually took a 10-9 lead on Almazan’s second long-range shot. However, Southside scored the last six points in the quarter and never trailed again.

McCollum was within 21-16 with 4:09 remaining in the half when Aileen Alonzo (12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) scored on an assist from Miranda Moreno (8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals).

That’s when Southside began its run.

“I think we started really playing,” Sendejo said. “We stepped up the defense. We started switching between zone and man(-to-man). I think playing better defense really helped a lot.”

Southside forced eight McCollum turnovers in the quarter, while committing three.

“We’re just working on fundamental things,” Sulaica said. “We’re trying to stay within ourselves. I’m trying to keep it simple.”

Stephanie Nino scored inside, then assisted on a basket by Katherine Mancha to start the run. Sendejo (19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) scored the next six points. The sophomore made a pair of free throws, converted a steal into a layup and added another driving layup.

“Mayra’s definitely a little spark,” Sulaica said. “She’s coming around.”

Ahead 31-16, Southside point guard Sabrina Guzman (15 points, 5 assists, 3 steals) recorded another transition basket off a steal. Following a free throw by Alonzo, Guzman split a pair of foul shots to give the Cardinals a 34-17 cushion at halftime.

McCollum came out with more aggressiveness in the second half.

Elva Rios made a short jumper and scored inside to cut the deficit to 13 points. Good ball movement led to a feed from Azrith Gomez to Moreno for a layup that made it 34-23 in Southside’s favor. Alonzo sank another free throw at the three-minute mark of the third quarter.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, that was close as they could come against Southside’s three-quarter court pressure. The Cardinals scored eight of the next 10 points, starting with a layup by Sendejo off an assist from Guzman.

Southside’s Desiree Rodriguez contributed 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Aimee Wood also made three steals for the Cardinals.

The victory ended a four-game losing streak for the Cardinals, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been competitive. Following a 10-point loss to Antonian, Southside had lost a three-point, nail-biter to Lytle Dec. 10 and fell by a point to Taft Dec. 6.

“We have a lot of good seniors,” Sendejo said. “We were coming in (to the season) with a lot of good upperclassmen. They’ve stepped up, and the underclassmen have stepped up, too.”

McCollum lost its fourth-consecutive game after manufacturing a two-game winning streak in the Edgewood ISD Tournament.

Sulaica expects the Cardinals to be in the midst of a tight 29-4A race for the four available playoff spots.

“It’s going to be a toss up,” she said. “We’re pretty even with some teams. It’s going to be a matter of who matches up well and makes the most of its mismatches.

“Everybody has their strengths. It’s just who comes to play on the day of the game.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (updated Dec. 21)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 15-21

Monday’s results

Non-district

Southwest (15-5) 68, Somerset (9-8) 22

Tuesday’s results

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (17-4, 5-0) 66, Lanier (7-12 ???, 4-2) 48

Burbank (4-12 ???, 1-4) 62, Fox Tech (4-11, 1-4) 47

Highlands (15-9, 4-2) 61, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-15, 0-5) 17

District 29-4A

Floresville (12-10, 2-0) 57, Southside (9-9, 1-1) 36

Kennedy (6-7???, 1-1) 49, Memorial (4-13 ???, 0-2) 18

Harlandale (13-7, 2-0) 44, McCollum (4-12, 0-2) 34

Medina Valley (11-6, 2-0) 66, Uvalde (6-8, 0-2) 44

Non-district

St. Anthony (13-4) 57, Holy Cross (9-14) 39

South San (9-10 ???) 62, Sam Houston (1-14 ???) 57

Wednesday’s results

District 28-4A

Edison (8-14, 2-3) 53, Jefferson (7-10, 2-4) 50

Friday’s results

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (18-4, 6-0) 56, Jefferson (7-11, 2-5) 50

Brennan (15-0, 6-0) 83, Fox Tech (4-12, 1-5) 7

Edison (10-14, 3-3) 58, Burbank (4-13 ???, 1-5) 39

District 29-4A

Floresville (13-10, 3-0) 48, McCollum (4-13, 0-3) 39

Kennedy (7-7???, 2-1) 55, Uvalde (6-9, 0-3) 40

Memorial (5-13 ???, 1-2) 53, Southside (9-10, 1-2) 41

Medina Valley (12-6, 3-0) 58, Harlandale (13-8, 2-1) 44

Non-district

Boerne (10-6) 73, Holy Cross (9-15) 45

Judson (13-5) 53, East Central (7-12) 25

New Braunfels (8-6) 50, South San (9-11 ???) 44

Saturday’s games

District 28-4A

Lanier (8-12 ???, 5-2) 60, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-16, 0-6) 29

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Dec. 21)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 15-21

Monday’s results

Non-district

Holy Cross (5-7 ???) at Laredo St. Augustine (???), 6 p.m. (score unavailable)

Johnson (11-9) 64, Burbank (8-8) 44

Lee (4-8) 75, McCollum (10-7) 62

MacArthur (14-6) 84, Fox Tech (1-15) 18

Tuesday’s games

Non-district

Judson (16-1) 56, East Central (9-6) 44

Sam Houston (8-645, Brackenridge (9-9) 40

Boerne Champion (7-3 ???) 64Kennedy (2-13 ???) 46

Highlands (6-10 ???) 93, Southwest (4-11) 90 (OT)

Somerset (1-11) 72, Holy Cross (5-8 ???) 71

Wednesday’s games

Non-district

Jefferson (4-13) 50, Southside (5-13) 35

Friday’s games

District 28-4A

Highlands (7-10 ???, 1-0) 71, Burbank (8-9, 0-1)  65

Edison (12-9, 1-0) 59, Lanier (14-4, 0-1) 56 (OT)

Brackenridge (10-9, 1-0) 68, Fox Tech (1-16, 0-1) 32

District 29-4A

Uvalde (6-6 ???, 1-0) 73, Kennedy (2-14 ???, 0-1) 41

Memorial (5-11 ???, 1-0) 81, Southside (5-14, 0-1) 64

Floresville (5-10, 1-0) 68, McCollum (10-8, 0-1) 32

Harlandale (9-4, 1-0) 66, Medina Valley (9-10, 0-1) 44

Non-district

Gervin Academy (6-0 ???) 68, Holy Cross (5-9 ???) 47

New Braunfels Canyon (11-4) 73, South San (7-7) 36

Central Catholic (11-6) 67, Sam Houston (8-762 

Saturday’s games

District 28-4A

Brennan (12-3, 1-0) 60Jefferson (4-14, 0-1) 37

Non-district

East Central (10-6) 67, Reagan (7-7) 57

GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Harlandale opens 29-4A season with road win

Southwest keeps hot streak going with win at Smithson Valley

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Kennedy, Lanier, South San, Southwest.

Brackenridge sophomore Marquanique Freeman (22) battles for position inside against Highlands' Jazzmine Jackson (33).
Brackenridge sophomore Marquanique Freeman (22) battles for position inside against Highlands’ Jazzmine Jackson (33).
Brackenridge senior guard Miranda Acuna gets set to launch a jump shot.
Brackenridge senior guard Miranda Acuna gets set to launch a jump shot.

Harlandale (12-7, 1-0) held the host Coyotes (6-7, 0-1) to two second-quarter points Friday on the way to a 47-32 victory in Uvalde on the opening night of District 29-4A season.

Senior post Connie Garza led the Indians with 14 points. Sophomore guard Justyne Perez chipped in with 12.

In other 29-4A first-night games, Southside (9-8, 1-0) defeated McCollum (4-11, 0-1) 56-40, Floresville (11-10, 1-0) downed Kennedy (5-7, 0-1) and Medina Valley (10-6, 1-0) thumped Memorial (4-12, 0-1) 65-22.

Southwest 65, Smithson Valley 51

Southwest (14-5) bolted to a 22-13 lead in the first quarter and used the momentum to win its third-consecutive game Friday at  Smithson Valley.

Dragons statistics were unavailable. Elizabeth Cathcart led Smithson Valley with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

South San ISD Tournament

Holy Cross (10-13) and South San (8-10) each split their four games this weekend in the South San Tournament.

The two area teams met Saturday, with South San winning a tight contest 46-43. Senior Kimberly Tobias led the Bobcats with 15 points and Lauren Estrada scored 11. For Holy Cross, Joslyn Flores finished with 14 points and Julia Flores had 10. Brianna Salinas added eight points.

In other games Saturday, Holy Cross defeated Mission 57-38 and South San lost 77-61 to Corpus Christi King.

South San defeated Roma 49-43 and lost 53-43 to Lytle. Tobias led the Bobcats with 17 points against Roma. Kassandra Valadez added nine.

Lytle also victimized the Knights, handing them a 50-40 loss. Holy Cross won 44-36 over Roma. Joslyn Flores and Salinas each scored 15 for the Knights against Roma. Kat Rangel contributed nine points.

Lanier 46, Edison 44

The Voks (7-11, 4-1) established an 11-point halftime lead, then held off a furious comeback from the Golden Bears (7-14, 1-3) to win by two points the Friday at Edison.

Lanier took charge 15-9 in the first quarter. Edison roared back to outscore the Voks 29-20 in the second half in the District 28-4A game.

Voks sophomore Ruby Garza scored 18 points for the second-straight game. Sabrina Cortinas and Amanda Reyes each added 12 points.

Senior point guard Marisa Salas led Edison with 15 points, four assists and four steals. Rachel Campos (8 points) had a team-high six steals and Jasmin Chapa made five. Hannah Diano led the Golden Bears with 11 rebounds and Jody Alatorre grabbed eight.

Brackenridge 67, Highlands 45

The Eagles (16-4, 4-0) took charge early and controlled the District 28-4A game to maintain its perfect league record Friday at Highlands (14-9, 3-2).

Brackenridge outscored the Owls 15-4 in the first quarter. By halftime, the Eagles had a 39-19 advantage.

Senior Miranda Acuna led Brackenridge with 19 points. Skyler Reyna scored 15. Breeann Hernandez and Tevis Thomas each was credited with 10 points. Senior post Keimoria Wiseman finished with eight points.

Sophomores Jazmine Jackson and Aaliyah Prince led Highlands with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Brackenridge-Highlands photo gallery, Dec. 13, 2013 (photos by KJ Toso)

Highlands freshman Kiara Pesina turns the corner as Brack's Skyler Reyna defends.
Highlands freshman Kiara Pesina turns the corner as Brack’s Skyler Reyna defends.

Photos taken by KJ Toso. For more photos (including the Brackenridge-Highlands JV game) or to purchase photos, please visit: kjtoso.photoreflect.com

Brackenridge sophomore Marquanique Freeman (22) battles for position inside against Highlands' Jazzmine Jackson (33).
Brackenridge sophomore Marquanique Freeman (22) battles for position inside against Highlands’ Jazzmine Jackson (33).
Brackenridge sophomore Skyler Reyna (31) wins a rebound over Highlands' Kiara Pesina (1) and Emily Pearce (11).
Brackenridge sophomore Skyler Reyna (31) wins a rebound over Highlands’ Kiara Pesina (1) and Emily Pearce (11).
Highlands freshman guard Jerrica Herrera chases down a loose ball.
Highlands freshman guard Jerrica Herrera chases down a loose ball.
Highlands guard Kiara Pesina (1) tries to fend off Brackenridge's Skyler Reyna (31).
Highlands guard Kiara Pesina (1) tries to fend off Brackenridge’s Skyler Reyna (31).
Brackenridge senior guard Breeann Hernandez (13) releases a shot as Highlands' Erin Caldera (12) closes in.
Brackenridge senior guard Breeann Hernandez (13) releases a shot as Highlands’ Erin Caldera (12) closes in.

GIRLS BASKETBALL FRIDAY ROUNDUP: Harlandale opens 29-4A season with road win

Southwest keeps hot streak going with win at Smithson Valley

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Kennedy, Lanier, South San, Southwest.

Harlandale (12-7, 1-0) held the host Coyotes (6-7, 0-1) to two second-quarter points Friday on the way to a 47-32 victory in Uvalde on the opening night of District 29-4A season.

Senior post Connie Garza led the Indians with 14 points. Sophomore guard Justyne Perez chipped in with 12.

In other 29-4A first-night games, Southside (9-8, 1-0) defeated McCollum (4-11, 0-1) 56-40, Floresville (11-10, 1-0) downed Kennedy (5-7, 0-1) and Medina Valley (10-6, 1-0) thumped Memorial (4-12, 0-1) 65-22.

Southwest 65, Smithson Valley 51

Southwest (14-5) bolted to a 22-13 lead in the first quarter and used the momentum to win its third-consecutive game Friday at  Smithson Valley.

Dragons statistics were unavailable. Elizabeth Cathcart led Smithson Valley with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Lanier 55, Edison 22

The Voks (7-11, 4-1) established an 11-point halftime lead, then held off a furious comeback from the Golden Bears (7-14, 1-3) to win by two points the Friday at Edison.

Lanier took charge 15-9 in the first quarter. Edison roared back to outscore the Voks 29-20 in the second half in the District 28-4A game.

Voks sophomore Ruby Garza scored 18 points for the second-straight game. Sabrina Cortinas and Amanda Reyes each added 12 points.

Senior point guard Marisa Salas led Edison with 15 points, four assists and four steals. Rachel Campos (8 points) had a team-high six steals and Jasmin Chapa made five. Hannah Diano led the Golden Bears with 11 rebounds and Jody Alatorre grabbed eight.

Brackenridge 67, Highlands 45

The Eagles (16-4, 4-0) took charge early and controlled the District 28-4A game to maintain its perfect league record Friday at Highlands (14-9, 3-2).

Brackenridge outscored the Owls 15-4 in the first quarter. By halftime, the Eagles had a 39-19 advantage.

Senior Miranda Acuna led Brackenridge with 19 points. Skyler Reyna scored 15. Breeann Hernandez and Tevis Thomas each was credited with 10 points. Senior post Keimoria Wiseman finished with eight points.

Sophomores Jazmine Jackson and Aaliyah Prince led Highlands with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

South San ISD Tournament

Holy Cross (9-12) and South San (7-9) each won a pair of games Friday in the South San Tournament.

South San defeated Roma 49-43 and lost 53-43 to Lytle. Senior Kimberly Tobias led the Bobcats with 17 points against Roma. Kassandra Valadez added nine.

Lytle also victimized the Knights, handing them a 50-40 loss. Holy Cross won 44-36 over Roma. Joslyn Flores and Brianna Salinas each scored 15 for the Knights against Roma. Kat Rangel contributed nine points.

BOYS BASKETBALL MIDWEEK REPORT: Indians off to fast start in Harlandale ISD Tournament

Central Catholic, South San also victorious on Day 1

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, Harlandale, Holy Cross, McCollum, South San.

Harlandale, Central Catholic and South San all were winners as the annual Harlandale ISD

Tournament got underway Thursday at Harlandale.

Harlandale won two games, defeating Seguin 80-65 and Laredo Johnson 55-50.

Senior post Ram Torres led the Indians with 16 points against Johnson. George Rodriguez added 16 points and Armando Guerrero scored eight.

In Harlandale’s opening game against Seguin, Guerrero led a balanced lineup with 15 points. Torres and Joshua Rodriguez had 14 apiece. Senior Brandon Ramon also was in double figures with 13.  Rodriguez had nine.

Central Catholic won its fourth-consecutive game, defeating McCollum 90-65 in its first tourney contest.

Junior post Tony Lewis erupted for a game-high 29 points for Central Catholic. Senior Chad Plummer contributed 20 points. Daniel Kellum (14 points) and P.J. Escobar (10) also scored in double figures.

Nathan Martinez led the Cowboys with 23 points. Freshman Roger Martinez, Danny Lerma and Steve Villarreal all chipped in with eight points.

South San defeated Jefferson 52-44 in another opening-day game. Senior Eric Alcozer led the Bobcats with 20 points. Olando Lopez scored 14 and Sammy Rodriguez added 12 for South San.

A. Frier was the only double-digit scorer for Jefferson (). Tony Lopez scored nine points and Andrew Garcia had eight.

Central Catholic 84, Roosevelt 55

The Buttons (7-6) tuned up for the Harlandale ISD Tournament with an impressive non-district win Wednesday over Roosevelt (4-14) at Littleton Gym.

Central Catholic outscored the Roughriders 48-27 in the second half.

Escobar led five Central Catholic double-figure scorers. Escobar recorded 18 points. Plummer added 15 points. Lewis finished with 11. Seniors Stuart Lynch and Kellum provided 10 apiece.

MORE TO COME

GIRLS BASKETBALL MIDWEEK REPORT: Holy Cross defeats rival Providence

Rockets take off in second half for comfortable win at Pearsall

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Kennedy, Lanier, Providence, Sam Houston, Southwest, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

The Knights (8-11) defeated rival Providence (2-11) 40-19 Tuesday at Holy Cross, led by senior Julia Flores and sophomore Kat Rangel.

Flores scored 12 points and Rangel also reached double figures with 10 for Holy Cross. The Knights’ Brianna Salinas scored seven points.

Freshman Esther Knodell was the Pro-vets’ top scorer with six points.

Kennedy 46, Pearsall 34

The Rockets (5-7) overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit for a decisive victory Tuesday at Pearsall (9-12). The Rockets scored just one point in the second quarter, but outscored the Mavericks 36-20 over the next two.

Sophomore Cameron Orta led Kennedy to its second-consecutive win with 17 points. Gisela Sanchez contributed15 points and Esmeralda Manzanares produced eight in the non-district game.

Southwest 66, Alamo Heights 60

Southwest (13-5) established a 31-28 halftime lead and held off Alamo Heights in the second half for a non-district victory Tuesday.

Dragons statistics were unavailable. Emily Weyand scored 29 for the Mules (3-7).

East Central 61, Sam Houston 30

The Hornets (7-10) limited Sam Houston (1-12) to two first-quarter points and outscored the Hurricanes 25-10 in the first half Tuesday at East Central’s Bonewitz Center.

Freshman Brittany Rodgers recorded one of her best scoring outputs of the season with 19 points. Post Janik Alexander-Smith supplied 13 points. Senior Claudia Flores scored eight.

For the Hurricanes, junior Dajah Thomas contributed a team-high nine points.

MLeadership Academy in a District 28-4A game at Fox Tech.

Lanier 55, Fox Tech 22

The Voks (6-11, 3-1) got a battle from Fox Tech (4-12, 1-3) in the first half of District 28-4A, but Lanier’s defense stepped up after halftime. It limited the visitors to just three points in the last 16 minutes.

The Buffaloes were within 24-19 at the half. Junior Carla Ponce was Fox Tech’s top scorer with six points.

Sophomore Ruby Garza led the three Voks in double figures with 18 points. Sabrina Cortinas added 14 points and Ashley Lopez contributed 10.

Highlands 54, Edison 46

Highlands (14-8, 3-1) gained some separation from the Golden Bears (7-13, 1-2) with a 25-point second quarter Tuesday at Edison and hung on for the District 28-4A victory.

Junior Alexis Darden led the Owls with one of her best offensive performances of the season. Darden scored 17. Freshman Kiara Pesina chipped in with 11 points. Stephanie Munoz scored nine points. Jazmine Jackson and Jina Lackey had eight apiece.

Senior point guard Marisa Salas produced a game-high 20 points for Edison.

Brackenridge 74, YWLA 16

The Eagles (15-4, 3-0)  in a District 28-4A game Tuesday at Brackenridge. Brackenridge held YWLA (1-10, 0-4) to two points in the first half.

Senior substitute Brittney Morales led Brackenridge with 17 points. Miranda Acuna supplied 16 points and Breeann Hernandez scored 11.

Clarissa Castro scored five points for the Cardinals.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Edison builds on tourney performance with win over Kennedy

Kennedy came out in an aggressive, attacking mode Tuesday at Edison. They discovered that the host Golden Bears’ counter-attack can be devastating.

Edison (9-6) scored eight unanswered points to finish the first quarter after Kennedy (2-12) pulled within a basket with 3:21 left in the period. A three-point shot from Cristobal Casas had made it 7-5.

The Golden Bears, coming off an impressive showing at the Marble Falls Tournament last weekend, followed that mini-run with a 25-4 run that concluded the third quarter. Edison won the non-district contest 71-45.

“We were fortunate,” Edison coach Art Vela said of the tournament. “We played in the tough bracket. That experience is really going to help us.

“We were playing sloppy basketball tonight, but we figured out that they had competed at a higher level last weekend (and adjusted). That tournament will give us good experience going into district.”

The Golden Bears spurt began with consecutive three-pointers from Lorenzo Vela, the coach’s son. A layup by Jared Zapata off an assist from Justin Torres ended the first half with Edison leading 15-5.

The young Rockets stayed close with a rare five-point possession early in the second quarter.

Isaac Castro drew a three-point play opportunity 37 seconds into the second quarter. Castro wasn’t able to convert the resulting free throw, but teammate Mark Esquivel was in position for the rebound. He passed the ball out to Keith Colorado, who spotted up for a three-pointer that made it 15-10.

Kennedy was within 31-21 at the half and closed to 36-25 after the Golden Bears began the second half with an 5-2 spurt.

“They are coming around,” second-year Rockets coach David Alonzo said of his team. “We lost two big scorers from last year. These guys are learning to rely on each other.”

MORE TO COME

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (updated Dec. 14)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 8-14

Tuesday’s results

District 28-4A

Lanier (6-11 ???, 3-1) 55, Fox Tech (4-10, 1-3) 22

Highlands (14-8, 3-1) 54, Edison (7-11, 1-2) 46

Brackenridge (15-4, 3-0) 74, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-9, 0-4) 16

Brennan (13-0, 4-0) 82, Jefferson (6-9, 1-3) 21

Non-district

Laredo Johnson (???) 70, South San (5-8 ???) 64

Kennedy (5-6 ???) 46, Pearsall (9-12) 34

Lytle (5-4 ???) 39, Southside (8-8) 36

Southwest (13-5) 66, Alamo Heights (3-7 ???) 60

Holy Cross (8-11) 40, Providence (2-11) 19

East Central (7-9) 61, Sam Houston (1-12 ???) 30

Antonian (11-6) 65, Burbank (3-13 ???) 24

Thursday’s results

Non-district

South San Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Holy Cross (7-11), South San (5-7 ???), Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-8). FINALS – Saturday.

Friday’s results

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (16-4, 4-0) 67, Highlands (14-9, 3-2) 45

Brennan (14-0, 5-0) 82, Burbank (3-12 ???, 0-4) 14

Jefferson (7-9, 2-3) 60, Fox Tech (4-10, 1-3) 22

Lanier (7-11 ???, 4-1) 46, Edison (7-14, 1-3) 44

District 29-4A

Harlandale (12-7, 1-0) 47, Uvalde (6-7, 0-1) 32

Southside (9-8, 1-0) 56, McCollum (4-11, 0-1) 40

Floresville (11-10, 1-0) 63, Kennedy (5-7???, 0-1) 40

Medina Valley (10-6, 1-0) 65, Memorial (4-12 ???, 0-1) 22

Non-district

Wagner (8-7) 55, East Central (7-11) 27

Incarnate Word (13-6) 41, Sam Houston (1-13 ???) 16

Southwest (14-5) 65, Smithson Valley (6-10) 51

South San Tournament

Lytle (7-4 ???) 53,  South San (7-9 ???) 43

Mission (???) 59, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-12) 48

Holy Cross (8-12) 44, Roma (???) 36

Lytle (7-4 ???) 50, Holy Cross (8-12) 40

South San (7-9 ???) 49, Roma (???) 43

Corpus Christi King (???) 49, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-12) 15

Saturday’s games

Non-district

South San Tournament

South San (8-10 ???) 46, Holy Cross (9-13) 43 

New Braunfels (7-6) 54, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-14) 14

Corpus Christi King (???) 77, South San (8-10 ???) 61

Holy Cross (9-13) 57, Mission (???) 38

Roma (???) 38, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-14) 25

BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Perseverance enables South San to outlast Tigers, reach consolation title game

East Central takes second place in SAISD Tourney

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, East Central, Harlandale, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest.

In tournaments, teams need to have short memories. They can’t afford losses linger in their minds, because another game typical is only a few short hours away.

South San (5-4) absorbed a 70-52 loss to TMI in a morning game last Friday at the Durbon Center. A win would have placed the Bobcats in the top four of the 76th annual South San ISD Tournament. The loss put them in the Winner’s Consolation Bracket.

In the evening, the Bobcats battled through a tight game against Floresville (3-6) to win 59-58 at the overtime buzzer when substitute guard Johnnie Crisp nailed a three-point shot off an assist from David Valdez.

“Olando (Lopez) pushed the ball upcourt and I saw him pass the ball to David,” Crisp said. “I was just there (at the three-point line). I shot it, and it felt good.”

With that shot, Crisp went from the Bobcats’ unsung hero to the guy who sank the shot South San fans will long remember. He only had one point when he released the ball.

That type of heroics are becoming commonplace with this year’s South San team.  Three of the team’s five victories have been decided by five points or fewer.

“We have three seniors with three years of varsity experience each,” South San coach Ray Carroll said. “They have been in some very close games throughout the years. They know what they need to do when the game’s on the line.

“This year, we’ve been able to pull through at the end. A lot of that’s due to our level of experience.”

Burbank, Harlandale, South San and Southwest were the only area teams to win two games in the 34-team touranament.

Harlandale (5-4) also advanced to the winner’s consolation bracket, where it notched an important 42-41 win over Antonian (10-3) last Saturday in its final game. Burbank (5-5) took a different path, winning its first two games 65-63 over Southwest (3-7) and 73-67 over Jay (6-7) to reach the quarterfinals.

In addition to the Antonian win, Harlandale lost a tight 75-70 game Friday against Brennan, which finished fourth in the tournament. Indians junior Jesus Maltos scored 22 points and senior Armando Guerrero had 16. Jordan Murphy scored 26 points for the Bears.

“I liked the pace of play,” Harlandale coach Chris Adamek said. “Their Division I star (Murphy), I think is the best player in San Antonio. He made his plays, but I thought we played him really well. We didn’t give him an inch. We didn’t back down.”

Brandon Ramon led a balanced Indians lineup against Antonian with nine points.

The opening-game loss put Southwest in the consolation bracket, but the Dragons closed the tournament with an encouraging 58-39 victory against Corpus Christi Flour Bluff. Senior Devanta Hayes led Southwest with 15 points. Latrel Grant added eight.

“It was a good game (against Burbank), but we should have scored more,” Southwest coach David Brawner said. “We really got after it. It was one of our best defensive games of the year.

“We’ve got a lot of seniors, but most of them are inexperienced. We’re looking for our identity now. We looking for who will step up and be leaders.”

The Dragons’ District 28-5A rival South San lost to Warren (5-9) in the bracket championship game.

In the win over Floresville, the Tigers had taken a 58-56 lead with 11.5 seconds to play on a basket from Chris Albert (18 points). The teams were tied 51-51 after four quarters and 56-56 with 46.3 seconds left when Lopez (17 points) hit a driving bank shot for the Bobcats.

South San senior Jesse Samarripas played an outstanding game at both ends of the court and recorded 13 points. Eric Alcozer and Valdez chipped in with nine and eight points, respectively.

SAISD Tournament

East Central (8-5) lost a heart-breaker in the finals of the SAISD Tournament last Saturday, falling 68-64 to Wagner (10-1) at Lanier. The Hornets defeated Dallas Roosevelt 76-62 in the semifinals earlier in the day.

The Hornets and Sam Houston (4-4) both reached the semifinals in the three-day tournament. The Hurricanes  lost 81-63 to Wagner in the semis. They recovered to edge Dallas Roosevelt 57-54 for third place.

For East Central, senior guard Ceddrick Ali erupted for 29 points in the championship game. Brandon McClure added 17 and Albert Jimenez finished with eight.

Sam Houston received 29 points from senior guard Jordon Harris. Juwon Anderson supplied 10 points.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Brackenridge displays dominating defense in 28-4A

Harlandale wins Edgewood ISD Tourney

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Brackenridge’s suffocating defense is giving the Eagles hope that some magical accomplishments may be in store for this year’s team.

The Eagles (14-4, 2-0) dominated their first two opponents and were one of two undefeated teams in District 28-4A at the close of the second week of district play. Brackenridge defeated Edison 74-31 Dec. 3 and drew a bye from competition last Friday.

Defending 28-4A champion Brennan (11-0, 3-0) leads the district.

“We’re looking forward to playing Brennan,” Eagles senior guard Miranda Acuna said. “They keep you working hard, but I think we can beat them. What we really want to do, though, is get prepared for the playoffs and go to state.”

Longtime Brackenridge coach Patrick Harvey retired last summer. Under Harvey, the Eagles had consistently won more than 10 games a year in district competition. New coach Tamiko Matthews wants to build on that success and take it to another level.

Matthews and her team were encouraged by a third-place finish Nov. 23 at the prestigious Jaguar Classic in Floresville.

“That was propelling us toward our goal,” Matthews said. “I played for Brack a long, long time ago and I want to go further (in the postseason) than we’ve gone in the past. I want us to really try to get to state. Every game we play should get us closer to that goal.”

At Edison (7-10, 1-1), Brackenridge broke open a 2-2 game with 18 unanswered points and never looked back as they recorded their eighth victory in nine games. The Eagles outscored the Golden Bears 21-2 in the third quarter.

“At the beginning, the shots didn’t fall,” Alonzo said. “Over time, those (Brack) layups add up. She has some good seniors.”

In two 28-4A games, the Eagles had scored 129 points and given up 45.

“Coach Matthews really works a lot on defense,” Brack senior standout defender Breeann Hernandez said. “Defense and teamwork are our main focus.”

Sophomore Skyler Reyna led the Eagles with 21 points. Acuna and Hernandez contributed 18 and 10 points, respectively. Each of Brackenridge’s starters produced at least three steals.

“There’s not any one player that we rely on,” Matthews said. “We’re coming together as a team.”

Edison senior post Paula Moreno and junior substitute guard Jasmin Chapa led the Golden Bears with seven points apiece. Edison defeated Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-8, 0-3) 37-30 last Friday.

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Harlandale (11-7) won the five-team, round-robin tournament, which took place last Friday and Saturday at Edgewood Gym. The Indians were the only team to be undefeated in their four tournament games.

Holy Cross (7-11), Kennedy (4-6) and McCollum (4-8) all won two games apiece.

Harlandale had to survive a 40-38 game against Holy Cross Friday to secure the title. Amazingly, the Indians had defeated the Knights by an identical score Dec. 3 at Harlandale.

Annie Garza scored 16 points and Justyne Perez added 14, helping the Indians overcome a 23-8 halftime deficit. Holy Cross was led by Hayley Andrade with 14 points.

Jefferson 58, Burbank 38

The Mustangs (6-7, 1-1) registered two resounding victories last week, defeating Burbank (3-11, 0-3) in a non-district game last Friday and Memorial 67-38 Dec. 3 in a non-district contest.

Jefferson took a 21-3 lead in the first quarter. By halftime, the Mustangs had a 34-10 cushion.

Sasha Barrientos led Jefferson against Burbank with17 points. Angela Hardcastle scored 14 and senior Adriana Aguinaga 13. Alejandra Martinez was the Bulldogs’ top scorer with 10 points.

Aguinaga was the Mustangs’ team-high scorer against Memorial with16 points and Barrientos scored 15.

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (updated Dec. 14)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 8-14

Monday’s games

Non-district

Brackenridge (9-7) 55, Somerset (0-8) 50

Tuesday’s results

Non-district

East Central (9-5) 77, Lee (2-8 ???) 72

Boerne Champion (5-3) 69, Southside (5-9) 40

Edison (9-6) 71, Kennedy (2-12) 45

Sam Houston (5-4) 72, Johnson (8-7) 58

McCollum (7-5) at Highlands (5-10 ???), 7:30 p.m. (score unavailable)

Lanier (11-2) 64, Floresville (3-7) 48

South San (6-4) 62, Memorial (4-11 ???) 45

Antonian (11-3) 76, Holy Cross (5-8 ???) 45

Wednesday’s results

Non-district

The Atonement (???) at Jefferson (3-9), 6 p.m.  (score unavailable)

Central Catholic (6-6) 84, Roosevelt (4-14) 55

Thursday’s results

Non-district

HEB Wildcat Classic

At Gregory-Portland

Lanier (12-2) 63, LaPorte (???) 30

Harlandale ISD Tournament

Central Catholic (6-6) 90, McCollum (7-6) 65

Harlandale (7-4) 80, Seguin (4-8) 65

Harlandale (7-4) 55, Laredo Johnson (???) 50

South San (6-4) 52, Jefferson (3-10) 44

Pride of Texas Tournament

At Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway

Burbank (8-6) 51, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff (???) 43

Edison (9-7) 63, Roma (???) 32

River City Classic

At New Braunfels Canyon

AREA TEAMS – Southwest (3-6 ???), Southside (5-8). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Friday’s results

Non-district

Lee (3-8) 68, Brackenridge (8-8) 55

Pride of Texas Tournament

At Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway

AREA TEAMS – Burbank (8-6), Edison (10-8). FINALS – Saturday.

Edison (10-8) 65, Orange Grove (???) 39

Georgetown (???) 39, Edison (10-8) 35

HEB Wildcat Classic

At Gregory-Portland

Lanier (12-3) 56, Corpus Christi Ray (???) 49

Corpus Christi King (???) 94, Fox Tech (1-14) 36

Gregory-Portland (???) 74, Fox Tech (1-14) 37

Semifinals

Cedar Park (???) 41, Lanier (12-3) 40

Harlandale ISD Tournament

McCollum (9-6) 56, Jefferson (3-12) 48

Central Catholic (8-6) 81, Laredo Johnson (???) 27

South San (7-5) 44, Seguin (4-9) 35

McCollum (9-6) 65, Laredo Johnson (???) 52

Harlandale (8-4) 74, South San (7-5) 51

Central Catholic (8-6) 60, Jefferson (3-12) 35

Holy Cross Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Holy Cross (5-7 ???). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

River City Classic

At New Braunfels Canyon

New Braunfels Canyon (8-4 ???) 81, Southside (5-12) 35

Austin Westlake (???) 98, Southside (5-12) 59

Sam Houston (7-4) 69, Southwest (3-7 ???) 60

Sam Houston (7-4) 73, Laredo Alexander (???) 61

Houston Lutheran South (???) 70, Southwest (3-8 ???) 59

Saturday’s games

Non-district

Pride of Texas Tournament

At Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway

Georgetown (???) 46, Burbank (8-8) 30

Fifth place

Edison (11-9) 38, Georgetown East View (???) 32

Third place

League City Clear Falls (???) 56, Burbank (8-8) 42

HEB Wildcat Classic

At Gregory-Portland

Lanier (13-3) 61, Gregory-Portland (???) 40

Harlandale ISD Tournament

At Harlandale

McCollum (10-6) 59, South San (7-6) 41

Central Catholic (9-6) 59, Harlandale (8-5) 49

Seguin (5-9) 78, Jefferson (3-13) 42

Holy Cross Tournament

Holy Cross (5-7 ???) 61, Brooks Academy (1-8 ???) 39

Gervin Academy (5-0 ???) 59, Holy Cross (5-7 ???) 48

River City Classic

At New Braunfels Canyon

Southwest (4-8 ???) 74, Southside (5-12) 70

FEAST (7-8 ???) 63, Southside (5-12) 53

Steele (7-7) 54, Sam Houston (7-5) 44