East Central undefeated in 28-5A; Lanier edges Jefferson
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston, Southwest.
The Cowboys (7-13, 3-3) began the District 29-4A season with three consecutive losses, but they’ve recovered to claim fourth place with three straight wins. As a measure of the Cowboys’ progress, they knocked off district co-leader Medina Valley (14-7, 5-1) Tuesday in Castroville.
McCollum took a 13-12 lead in the first quarter and led at the end of every subsequent quarter. That included holding off a fourth-quarter comeback from the Panthers for a 48-47 win.
Floresville (16-10, 6-0), which defeated Uvalde 59-32 Tuesday, is the only remaining undefeated team in 29-4A.
Emilee Almazan led McCollum with 17 points. Senior Elva Rios added 14 points. Miranda Moreno scored 11.
East Central 61, Corpus Christi King 46
Freshman Brittany Rodgers scored 21 points, leading the Hornets (9-12, 2-0) to their second-consecutive victory in District 28-5A while keeping Corpus Christi King (0-2) winless in the district.
East Central outscored the Mustangs 18-12 in the second quarter at the Bonewitz Center to take control of the game.
Junior Vivian Seward contributed 12 points for the Hornets. Janik Alexander-Smith added eight points.
King’s Jennifer Ortiz scored 25 points.
Lanier 47, Jefferson 45
Jefferson (8-13, 3-7) romped to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter Tuesday at the refurbished Alamo Convocation Center, but Lanier’s vengeance was swift. The Voks (9-13, 6-3) closed within 28-26 at halftime and led 36-35 as the District 29-4A combatants entered the final eight minutes.
Sophomore Ruby Garza led fourth-place Lanier with 16 points. Junior Joanna Martinez added 13 points.
Senior Adriana Aguinaga scored 25 points for the sixth-place Mustangs.
Steele 57, Southwest 51
The Knights (16-4, 2-0), No. 2 in the Express-News area rankings, prevailed over the Dragons (17-7, 1-1) in a battle of District 28-5A contenders Tuesday at Southwest.
The Dragons were within 14-11 after a quarter. Steele led 30-26 at halftime.
Senior Tiffani Rodriguez led Southwest with 19 points. Sophomore Alexandra Busby finished with 18. Brianna Millett was Steele’s scoring leader with 14 points.
Sam Houston 78, Poteet 25
The Hurricanes (2-16, 1-0) won their first game over a varsity team this season and recorded their first victory since Nov. 23 in the District 28-3A game at Sam Houston.
Sam Houston opened an 18-4 lead in the first quarter and had a 38-10 advantage over Poteet (4-15, 1-1), which won its 28-3A opener against Hawkins, by halftime.
Junior Dajah Thomas scored 26 points for the Hurricanes. Jasmine Darden scored 12 points and Jazmyne Perkins chipped in with 10. Dionna Camino, Monisha Jones and Kierra Smith each contributed eight points.
Highlands 63, Burbank 31
The third-place Owls (18-9, 7-2) rolled to their fourth-consecutive victory in 28-4A Tuesday in the first game at renovated Alamo Convocation Center.
Highlands broke a 10-10 tie in the second quarter, outscoring Burbank (5-15, 2-7) 18-6 in the period.
Sophomore Aaliyah Prince led the Owls with 20 points. Freshman Kiara Pesina supplied 18 points. Versatile Emily Pearce chipped in with 11 points.
Sophomore Antwanisha Riddle led the Bulldogs with 10 points.
Harlandale 54, Memorial 39
The third-place Indians (15-9, 4-2) won their second-consecutive District 29-4A game Tuesday at Harlandale. The host team established a 37-13 halftime lead over the Minutemen (5-16, 1-5).
Miranda Samarripas had a breakout game for Harlandale with 21 points. Senior Connie Graza accounted for 14 points and junior Elizabeth Herrera had 10.
For Memorial, sophomore Larissa Lopez finished with 11 points. Miranda Puente and Lucinda Mireles each scored eight.