GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Southside upsets Harlandale with fourth-quarter comeback

Southwest guard Alexandra Busby (3) scored 21 points against South San.

Lanier survives another test in 28-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest, Southside.

Southside (11-12, 3-4) trailed 31-27 entering the fourth quarter Friday at Harlandale, but the Cardlnals rallied behind their defense to pull out a 38-37 victory.

The Cardinals outscored Harlandale (15-10, 4-3) 11-6 in the decisive quarter. The teams were tied 8-8 at the end of a quarter, but Southside built an 18-13 halftime lead. The Indians responded by outscoring the Cardinals 18-9 in the third quarter.

Senior Desiree Rodriguez made two 3-point shots and led a balanced Southside lineup with 10 points. Mayra Sendejo finished with nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Point guard Sabrina Guzman scored eight points, claimed five rebounds, made four steals and dealt three assists. Katherine Mancha also grabbed five rebounds for the Cardinals.

Harlandale individual statistics weren’t available.

Lanier 39, Burbank 37

The fourth-place Voks (11-13, 7-3) recorded their second two-point , District 29-4A win of the week Friday at the Alamo Convocation Center, edging Burbank (5-19, 2-8). Lanier defeated Jefferson 47-45 Tuesday at the ACC.

Burbank led 11-8 at the end of a quarter. The Voks gained a 24-23 halftime lead.

Sophomore Ruby Garza led Lanier with 22 points. No other Voks players scored more than four points.

Senior Alejandra Martinez had 19 points for the Bulldogs. Abigail Macias added nine points.

Southwest 64, South San 43

Coming off a tough loss to district leader Steele, the Dragons (19-7, 2-1) took charge early in this District 28-5A game at Southwest.. The home team led rival South San (9-15, 0-3) 25-7 after a quarter Friday and 43-14 at the half.

Sophomore wing Alexandra Busby continued to emerge as an offensive weapons for the Dragons. Busby led all scorers with 21 points. Senior Tiffani Rodriguez added 16 points.

Senior Kimberly Tobias led the Bobcats with 14 points. Junior Jennifer Sifuentes scored eight.

Sam Houston 69, Hawkins 22

The Hurricanes (4-16, 2-1) won their second-consecutive game Friday, blasting District 28-3A rival Hawkins (2-15, 0-3) at Sam Houston.

Senior Chardonnay Green led Sam Houston with 24 points. Dionna Camino contributed 13 points. Jasmine Darden added nine points.

McCullom 51, Kennedy 35

The Cowboys (8-13, 4-3) won their fourth-consecutive game Friday at McCollum, defeating Kennedy (7-15, 2-5) in a District 29-4A contest. McCollum experienced no letdown after knocking Medina Valley out of first place Tuesday – a spot the Panthers regained a share of with a victory at Floresville Friday.

Senior sharpshooter Emilee Almazan led McCullom against the Rockets with 16 points. Miranda Moreno contributed 11 points. Aileen Alonzo and Elva Rios chipped in eight points apiece.

Kennedy received 12 points from junior Amelee Ramos. Cameron Orta added eight points.

Brackenridge 64, Edison 39

The second-place Eagles (20-5, 9-1) overpowered Edison (10-16, 4-5) early Friday at Lanier. Brackenridge jumped out to a 25-5 first-quarter lead.

Senior Breeann Hernandez led the Eagles with 18 points Skyler Reyna finished with 17 points. Miranda Acuna scored eight.

Senior point guard Marisa Salas was the leading scorer for Edison with 13 points. Amy Marcos added eight points, four rebounds and four steals. Paula Moreno corralled a team-best nine rebounds. Jody Alatorre had four rebounds and three steals.

FRIDAY BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: East Central smashes defending champ Carroll in 28-5A

Jefferson, McCollum notch overtime victories

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southside.

Jefferson's Anthony Friere tries to protect the ball from Lanier's Louis Garza in a recent game.
Jefferson’s Anthony Friere tries to protect the ball from Lanier’s Louis Garza in a recent game.

In recent years, Corpus Christi Carroll has been a thorn in East Central’s side at times. The teams could almost always be counted on to go wire to wire before a winner was determined.

That all changed Friday at the Stan Bonewitz Center in the first district game for both teams.

The host Hornets (15-7, 1-0) battled to a 12-6 lead in the opening quarter and gradually turned up the tempo on Carroll, which is considered a contender to defend its District 28-5A title despite losing a couple of key players from 2012-13 to graduation. East Central won 81-55.

East Central amassed 52 second-half points Friday. The Hornets led 29-23 at halftime, then limited the Tigers to 10 points in the third quarter. They entered the final period with a 52-33 advantage.

Senior guard Brandon McClure led the Hornets with 17 points. Backcourt partner Ceddrick Ali added 11 points. Senior post Albert Jimenez provided nine points. Jeremy Jones and Wanya Ward, the Hornets big-play duo during football season, scored eight points apiece.

Jefferson 49, Brackenridge 45 (OT)

Both teams had seemed to turn up their level of play a notch entering the week.

While the Mustangs (6-16, 2-3) claimed a potential signature victory in overtime Friday at the Alamo Convocation Center, Brackenridge (11-12, 2-3) incurred its second-straight tough loss. The Eagles lost Tuesday to co-District 28-4A leader Edison.

Jefferson launched itself into the 28-4A playoff conversation this week with a 58-40 win over Fox Tech Tuesday and the overtime decision over Brackenridge.

Brackenridge built a 22-17 halftime lead, but the Mustangs pulled even at 26 -26 as the third quarter ended. Regulation ended in a 41-41 tie.

Anthony Friere led Jefferson with 12 points. Alex Gamboa and Brandon Garcia each scored nine points.

Sophomore Nathan Avila led the Eagles with 12 points. Davonte Anderson and Gabe Hildebrand scored eight points each.

Despite the losses, Brackenridge has gotten stronger. All-district football quarterback Ramon Richards, a starter on the Eagles’ 2012-13 team, returned to the court.

McCollum 68, Kennedy 64 (OT)

A rivalry is building between these District 29-4A teams, and Friday’s contest at Edgewood Gym threw a lot of fuel onto the fire.

The Cowboys (14-9, 4-1), which is sharing second place with rival Harlandale, exacted a measure of revenge on Kennedy (3-18, 1-4) for the way its 2012-13 season ended. The Rockets denied McCollum a playoff appearance by winning a 29-4A fourth-place playoff game.

Friday, McCollum dug a trench for Kennedy, opening a 13-6 lead in the first quarter. The Rockets, though, gradually worked their way back to even ground.

Kennedy remained within striking distance at halftime, though McCollum led 28-22. The Cowboys re-asserted themselves in the third quarter and took a 13-point lead into the final eight minutes. The Rockets forced overtime by outscoring McCollum 23-10 in the fourth quarter.

McCollum prevailed in an uptempo overtime period by outscoring Kennedy 12-8.

Joey Villarreal led McCollum with 19 points. Senior guard Nathan Martinez contributed 13 points. Tre Johnson scored 10.

Rockets senior Eric Moncada was the game-high scorer with 21 points. Vincent Rios fired in 13 points and Mark Esquivel supplied 11. Isaac Castro collected eight points for the Rockets.

Harlandale 103, Southside 56

The Indians (15-9, 4-1) produced their highest scoring output in several seasons Friday at Harlandale. It was the most points Harlandale had scored since hitting 90 Jan. 5, 2010 against Southside.

Harlandale’s previous highest scoring total this year was 84 points Dec. 28 against Wimberley.

Senior guard Jesus Maltos led the Indians attack with a career-high 32 points. Joshua Rodriguez (16 points), Guy Vargas (12) and Ram Torres (10) also were double-figure scorers. Jon Henry Campos scored eight points.

Senior post Drevon Brown led Southside (6-18, 1-4) with 15 points. Ben Phillips supplied 11 points and Rogelio Diaz added 10.

Harlandale led 24-4 after a quarter and 53-21 at halftime. The Indians fired in 50 points in the second half.

Holy Cross 49, San Marcos Academy 30

The Knights (5-17, 1-0) opened their TAPPS District 3-4A season with a convincing win over San Marcos Academy at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross kept the Bears scoreless in the first quarter while building a 13-point lead. San Marcos Academy crept within six points entering the final quarter, but Holy Cross put on a 13-4 spurt to finish the game.

Junior guard Eric Contero led Holy Cross with 13 points. Junior post John Autry added 11 points.

Sam Houston 64, Hawkins 45

The defending district champion Hurricanes (13-9, 1-0) began their quest for another 28-3A title with a win over Hawkins (5-18, 0-1) at Sam Houston.

Sam Houston took control from the outset, outscoring the Wolfpack 24-8 in the opening quarter.

Senior guard Jordon Harris led the Hurricanes with 23 points. Freshman Jawon Anderson (11 points) and sophomore Raymonte Prime (10) also scored in double figures. Post Devin Allen accounted for eight points.

Edison 49, Burbank 38

The Golden Bears (16-8, 5-0) remained undefeated in District 28-4A with an impressive win over Burbank (10-13, 1-4) at the Lanier Alumni Center.

Burbank was within 10-8 after a quarter. Edison’s lead had grown to 23-17 at halftime and 34-27 at the end of the third quarter.

Junior Lorenzo Vela produced 17 points, four rebounds and two steals for the Golden Bears, who won their seventh-consecutive game. Justin Torres scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jared Zapata contributed seven points, four rebounds and two steals.

Juan Castillo led Burbank with 14 points. Michael Mascorro scored eight.

The Bulldogs lost their third-straight game.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: A Night at Lanier High School, Dec. 31, 2013 (photos by KJ Toso)

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Jefferson guard Mary Loera (2) elevates to score two of her 14 points.
Jefferson guard Mary Loera (2) elevates to score two of her 14 points.
Azel Garza of Young Women's Leadership Academy signals her approval after making a jumper.
Azel Garza of Young Women’s Leadership Academy signals her approval after making a jumper.
YWLA's Karese Williams drives toward two of her nine points.
YWLA sophomore Karese Williams drives toward two of her nine points.
Jefferson's Sasha Barrientos corrals a loose ball as YWLA's Abigail Moreno takes a swipe.
Jefferson’s Sasha Barrientos corrals a loose ball as YWLA’s Abigail Moreno takes a swipe.


Burbank guard Alejandra Martinez secures a loose ball as Brack's Miranda Acuna charges in to gain possession.
Burbank guard Alejandra Martinez secures a loose ball as Brack’s Miranda Acuna charges in to gain possession.
Brackenridge post Tevis Thomas goes for a blocked shot.
Brackenridge post Tevis Thomas goes for a blocked shot.
Burbank's Olivia Cardenas tries to loft a fadeway jumper over two Brackenridge defenders.
Burbank’s Olivia Cardenas tries to loft a fadeway jumper over two Brackenridge defenders.

BOYS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY REPORT: Highlands surprises Lanier in 28-4A

Lanier took early lead, but Owls rode big second half to win

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Highlands point guard Jamaria Moody goes airborne to get off a shot against tight defense from Lanier junior Carlos Gutierrez.
Highlands point guard Jamaria Moody goes airborne to get off a shot against tight defense from Lanier junior Carlos Gutierrez.
Lanier senior Rodrigo Garcia knifes toward the basket after getting around a pair of defenders.
Lanier senior Rodrigo Garcia knifes toward the basket after getting around a pair of defenders.
Highlands' JerMichael Shirley skies to win the opening tip vs. Lanier.
Highlands’ JerMichael Shirley skies to win the opening tip vs. Lanier.


Highlands recorded its biggest victory since a season-opening win over East Central Wednesday at the Alamo Convocation Center.

The Owls (9-11, 3-1) settled into third place in District 29-4A with a 61-57 win over Lanier (15-7, 1-3), which continued to struggle with its early district schedule.

The Voks led Highlands 20-13 at the end of the first quarter and 30-24 at halftime. Highlands trimmed two points off the lead in the third quarter and ambushed Lanier with its pressing defense in the fourth, outscoring the formerly state-ranked team 21-13.

Junior point guard Jamaria Moody led Highlands with 17 points. Sophomore Demarcus Hartsfield produced 15 points and Jermichael Shirley supplied 12. Xavier Long gave the Owls a lift with eight points.

Senior Ajax Reyes led Lanier with 15 points. Chris Salazar knocked down 14 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL: A Night at Lanier High School, Dec. 31, 2013 (photos by KJ Toso)

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Brackenridge senior Gabe Hildebrand sets up a three-pointer on his way to a 33-point outing against Brennan.
Brackenridge senior Gabe Hildebrand sets up a three-pointer on his way to a 33-point outing against Brennan.
Brack sophomore Richard Wallace (23) weaves through Brennan's defense.
Brack sophomore Richard Wallace (23) weaves through Brennan’s defense.
Brackenridge point guard Aaron Lopez distributes the ball.
Brackenridge point guard Aaron Lopez distributes the ball.


Fox Tech's Ruben Hernandez draws contact from two Burbank players, but scores two points.
Fox Tech’s Ruben Hernandez draws contact from two Burbank players, but scores two points.
Burbank's Christian Fonseca (5) eludes Fox Tech's Gabriel Tirado (20) on the way to the basket.
Burbank’s Christian Fonseca (5) eludes Fox Tech’s Gabriel Tirado (20) on the way to the basket.
Burbank's Gabriel Rangel aims for a basket, despite the block attempt.
Burbank’s Gabriel Rangel aims for a basket, despite the block attempt.
Fox Tech's Angel Lopez (24) drives to the hoop.
Fox Tech’s Angel Lopez (24) drives to the hoop.


Jefferson's A. Friere tries to protect the ball from Lanier's Louis Garza.
Jefferson’s Anthony Friere tries to protect the ball from Lanier’s Louis Garza.
Lanier's Isaiah Vargas boxes out Jefferson's D'Andre Melton.
Lanier’s Isaiah Vargas boxes out Jefferson’s D’Andre Melton.
Jefferson's D'Andre Melton (14) fights for a rebound against two Lanier players.
Jefferson’s D’Andre Melton (14) fights for a rebound against two Lanier players.

MID-WEEK GIRLS BASKETBALL REPORT: Red-hot McCollum hands Medina Valley first 29-4A loss

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.

MID-WEEK BOYS BASKETBALL REPORT: Central Catholic beats No. 3 Wagner for 12th-straight victory

McCollum wins third in row; Southwest ends losing streak

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Central Catholic, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial, South San, Southside, Southwest.

Central Catholic (15-6) recorded the most impressive win of its current 12-game winning streak Monday, defeating Wagner 66-54 at the Buttons’ gym. The Thunderbirds (15-5) were No. 3 in the Express-News area rankings.

The Buttons were in control early, outscoring Wagner 26-13 in the first quarter. The Thunderbirds crept within 52-46 at the end of the third quarter. Central Catholic outscored the visitors 14-8 in the final quarter to cement the victory.

Senior point guard P.J. Escobar led the Buttons with 24 points.  Junior post Tony Lewis supplied 17 points and 13 rebounds. Seniors Zac Tingle and Daniel Kellum each added eight points for Central Catholic.

McCollum 63, Medina Valley 48

The Cowboys (13-9, 3-1) notched their third-consecutive win in District 29-4A Tuesday, defeating Medina Valley (10-12, 1-3) at McCollum.

McCollum, which shares second place with Harlandale (14-9, 3-1), outscored the Panthers 36-23 in the second half, accounting for 21 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Cowboys had a slim 27-25 halftime lead.

Nathan Martinez led four double-figure scorers for McCollum with 17 points. Trey Johnson added  14 points. Joey Villarreal scored 12 points and Cosmo Cantu chipped in with 11.

Six-foot-5 senior Joseph Dauphin led Medina Valley with 15 points.

Southwest 72, New Braunfels 67

The Dragons (5-16) ended a seven-game losing streak with a quality road win Monday at New Braunfels (11-11). Southwest outscored the Unicorns 15-9 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Senior Devanta Hayes (4 rebounds, 2 blocked shots) led the Dragons with 19 points.  Aaron Embry finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Guard Brian Perez and post Ricardo Garcia (9 rebounds) each contributed 11 points for Southwest. Nigel Thompson distributed six assists while freshman Tristan Quintana and Tony Rodriguez dealt five apiece.

Aaron Gettys led the Unicorns with 17 points.

Southside 86, Kennedy 84

The Cardinals (6-17, 1-3) prevailed in a battle of scrappy District 29-4A teams Tuesday at Southside to claim its first district win of the season.

Southside stormed to a 2814 lead in the first quarter. Kennedy, which notched its first district win a week earlier, battled to a 43-43 tie at halftime. The Cardinals outscored the Rockets 25-22 in the fourth quarter for the win.

Junior David Garza led Southside with 26 points. Senior post Drevon Brown knocked down 24. Francisco Solis made his presence felt with 17 points.

Kennedy placed five players in double figures, paced by Mark Esquivel and Andrew Rivera with 19 points apiece. Isaac Castro contributed 17 points. Eric Moncada chipped in 13 points. Vincent Rios added 10 points.

Harlandale 57, Memorial 49

The Indians manufactured a little separation from Memorial  (7-11, 1-1) in the second quarter and were able to fend off the Minutemen thereafter Tuesday at Edgewood Gym. Harlandale had a 19-9 scoring advantage in the second quarter.

The Minutemen closed to 14-11 after a quarter and rallied to within 43-36 at the end of the third quarter in the District 28-4A game.

Senior guard Joshua Rodriguez led the Indians with 19 points. Senior Brandon Ramon scored 14.

Senior Joe Aguilar led Memorial with 14 points. Joseph Aguillen, Albert Machado and Adam Villanueva scored nine points apiece.

Edison 49, Brackenridge 30

The Golden Bears (13-8, 2-0) remained undefeated in District 28-4A  while helping to christen the refurbished Alamo Convocation Center with Brackenridge (12-11, 2-2).

Edison took charge in the first quarter, jumping to a 15-6 lead. The Eagles were within 29-20 after three quarters.

Golden Bears senior Justin Torres, usually known for being a distributor, attacked the basket for a team-high 14 points, to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Jared Zapata finished with 12 points on seven-for-eight free-throw shooting. Lorenzo Vela provided 10 points and three steals.

Antonio Alvarado chipped in nine points, four rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Edson Salazar grabbed six rebounds.

Senior Davonte Anderson led Brackenridge with 10 points. Gabe Hildebrand added eight points.

Jefferson 58, Fox Tech 40

The Mustangs (5-15, 1-3) dominated this battle of previously winless District 28-4A teams Tuesday over Fox Tech (1-19, 0-4) at the Lanier Alumni Center.

Brandon Garcia led Jefferson with 17 points. Jordan DeLuna added 14 points.

Senior Santos Vargas led the Buffaloes with 11 points. Nick Buys, Ruben Chapa and Ruben Hernandez all scored eight points.

South San 65, Round Rock Stony Point 62

The Bobcats (10-11) and host Stony Point entered the final quarter tied 40-40, but South San produced 25 points in the final eight minutes to claim the win.

Junior guard Olando Lopez led South San with 15 points. Seniors Eric Alcozer and Jesse Samarripas scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. David Valdez added nine points.

BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Jan. 5)

Through Jan. 5


1. Central Catholic

2. East Central

3. Edison

4. Lanier

5. Sam Houston

6. Harlandale

7. Brackenridge

8. Burbank

9. South San

10. McCollum

11. Highlands

12. Southwest

13. Memorial

14. Southside

15. Kennedy



1. Southwest

2. Brackenridge

3. Harlandale

4. Highlands

5. South San

6. Edison

7. Holy Cross

8. Lanier

9. East Central

10. Southside

11. Kennedy

12. McCollum

13. Jefferson

14. Memorial

15. Sam Houston


BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Central Catholic picks up 11th-straight win in New Braunfels

East Central upsets Wagner in OT; McCollum stays hot in 29-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial.

At home, on the road or on a neutral court, it makes no difference to Central Catholic (14-6). The Buttons have won in each of those environments during their 11-game winning streak.

Friday, Central Catholic made the trip to New Braunfels and returned with yet another win Friday, defeating the Unicorns (11-10) 55-51.

The Buttons outscored the Unicorns 18-10 in the first quarter and led at the end of each quarter. New Braunfels was within 28-26 at halftime.

Senior post Daniel Kellum led a balanced Central Catholic attack with 12 points. Senior Zac Tingle contributed 11 points. P.J. Escobar also was in double figures with 10. Tony Lewis chipped in with nine points.

The last team to defeat Central Catholic was highly regarded MacArthur Nov. 23 in the NEISD Tournament.

The Buttons will likely be tested Tuesday when they travel to Wagner (15-4). The Thunderbirds are No. 3 in the Express-News area rankings.

Central Catholic will play at St. Gerard next Saturday.

East Central 83, Wagner 80 (OT)

The Hornets (14-7) claimed their third consecutive win and fifth in six games. None of the previous 13, though, was more impressive than their overtime victory Friday over neighboring Wagner at the Stan Bonewitz Center.

Although they led the Thunderbirds 25-20 after a quarter, the visitors held the Hornets to eight points in the second quarter. East Central wasn’t able to work off the 10-point halftime deficit until the fourth quarter.

The Hornets outscored Wagner 29-18 in the final period to force overtime. East Central was efficient offensively in the extra five minutes, producing 11 points and the victory.

Seniors Brandon McClure (22 points) and Jeremy Jones (20) each reached the 20-point mark. Ceddrick Ali contributed 15 points. Junior Brandon Keno continued his steady production from recent games with nine points. Junior Wanya Ward added eight.

Clint Lewis led the Thunderbirds with 16 points.

McCollum 75, Uvalde 71

The Cowboys (12-9, 2-1) notched their second District 29-4A victory of the week, handing the Coyotes their first district loss Friday in Uvalde. McCollum edged Memorial 64-63 in overtime Tuesday at Memorial.

McCollum and Uvalde are tied with Harlandale (13-9, 2-1) for second place in 29-4A. Floresville (7-11, 3-0) leads the district after edging Memorial 61-59 Friday.

McCollum took the lead with a 22-point first quarter, but trailed 41-33 at halftime. The Cowboys outscored their hosts 23-15 in the third quarter to forge a tie.

Nathan Martinez led the Cowboys with 18 points. Junior Angel Loera supplied 17. Joey Villarreal and Steve Villarreal each scored nine points.

Brackenridge 59, Burbank 45

Brackenridge (12-10, 2-1) gave District 28-4A co-leader and defending champion Brennan a battle Jan. 31 at the Lanier Alumni Center. The Eagles fed off the momentum Saturday to defeat archrival Burbank (10-11, 1-2) at Lanier.

The Bulldogs led 27-24 at halftime, but the Eagles pulled away on the strength of 35 second-half points.

Senior Gabe Hildebrand, who scored 33 against Brennan, led five double-figure Brack scorers with 14 points versus the Bulldogs. Sophomore Richard Wallace (13 points), Davonte Anderson (12) and point guard Aaron Lopez (10) also were key contributors.

For Burbank, Gabriel Rangel scored 12 points and Paul Rojas added 10. Matthew Juarez had eight for the Bulldogs.

Harlandale 65, Kennedy 55

Kennedy (3-14, 1-1), coming off an upset win over Medina Valley, stormed to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter. The Indians battled back to lead 33-32 at halftime and secured the District 29-4A win by outscoring the Rockets 20-13 in the third quarter.

Senior Ram Torres (6 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocked shots) led Harlandale with 17 points and George Rodriguez chipped in with 16. Armando Guerrero added nine points and three assists. Jose Salinas scored eight points.

Jesus Maltos led Harlandale with seven rebounds. Tommy Vital added three steals.

Eric Moncada led Kennedy with 16 points. Mark Esquivel scored 14.

Highlands 52, Jefferson 43

The Owls (8-11, 2-1) outscored Jefferson (4-15, 0-3) 23-10 in the fourth quarter to win the District 28-4A game Friday at Lanier.

The Mustangs led 19-18 at halftime and 33-29 after three quarters.

Junior point guard Jamaria Moody led Highlands with 16 points. Sophomore Demarcus Hartsfield scored 13. Jermichael Shirley finished with nine points and Joseph Jackson had eight.

D’Andre Melton led Jefferson with 21 points. Anthony Friere added eight points.

Edison 62, Fox Tech 35

The Golden Bears (14-8, 3-0) were led by junior Lorenzo Vela with 18 points, four steals and three assists in a District 28-4A win Fox Tech (1-18, 0-3) Saturday at Lanier. Vela sank five 3-point baskets.

Jared Zapata scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Edison. Antonio Alvarado finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two steals. Justin Torres dealt a team-high four assists. Angelo Leyvani scored eight points.

Ruben Hernandez led the Buffaloes with 14 points.

Floresville 61, Memorial 59

Floresville led 45-37 after three quarters, but Memorial made it close before suffering a second-consecutive heartbreaking loss Friday at Edgewood Gym. McCollum edged the Minutemen in overtime Tuesday in another District 29-4A contest.

Senior wing Joe Aguilar fired in 24 points for Memorial (6-14, 1-2). Junior Albert Machado scored 11. points. Joseph Aguillen and Adam Villanueva each finished with seven points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Hornets scuttle South San, snap losing streak in 28-5A opener

Brennan upends Brack in 28-4A showdown; McCollum emerging in 29-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, South San,Young Women’s Leadership Academy.


East Central has had its ups and downs with a young roster this season, but the Hornets were ready for their District 28-5A opener last Friday.

Although the Hornets (8-12, 1-0) hadn’t played since Dec. 20, they showed no signs of rust against South San at the Durbon Center. They prevailed 40-31 in the first district game for both teams.

The host Bobcats (9-13, 0-1) took a slim 15-14 lead at halftime. East Central took charge in the final 16 minutes, outscoring South San 26-16.

East Central’s young posts led the Hornets to the victory, which ended a two-game losing streak. Sophomore Janik Alexander-Smith and freshman Brittany Rodgers each scored 11 points.

The pair also are the Hornets’ leading scorers for the season. Rodgers, at 5-foot-9, has averaged 10.8 points a game in her initial season. The5-10 Alexander-Smith has provided 9.7 points per game. Senior guard Claudia Flores is next on East Central’s points list with a 6.6 average.

No other East Central players scored more than six points against South San.

Senior Kimberly Tobias, as usual, was the Bobcats’ scoring leader. Tobias improved her season average with a 15-point outing. Tobias averages 14.2 points a game.

Junior Lauren Estrada added seven points for South San.

East Central hadn’t played since absorbing a 53-25 loss to Judson, No. 6 in the Express-News area rankings. The Hornets had lost six of their previous eight games, but two of those losses were at the hands of the Rockets.

Brennan 79, Brackenridge 37

Brackenridge (19-5, 7-1) ran the table with nary a challenge in District 28-4A until the Eagles were pitted against defending champion Brennan (17-0, 8-0) last Saturday at Lanier.

The undefeated Bears, No. 1 in the Express-News rankings, made 53.1 percent of their field-goal attempts and 17 of 19 free throws (89.5 percent) as they overpowered the Eagles from the start. Brennan led 20-5 after a quarter as they took possession of the district lead.

Eagles senior guard Miranda Acuna scored a team-best 13 points. Skyler Reyna and Breeann Hernandez each contributed 10 points.

Tanaeya Boclair led Brennan with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

McCollum 56, Uvalde 53

The Cowboys (6-13, 2-3) began the season with a largely inexperienced lineup, but they’ve caught fire recently to enter the playoff picture in District 29-4A.

McCollum claimed its first two district wins last week and bolted into a fourth-place tie with Kennedy (7-10, 2-3). The Cowboys prevailed by three points over the Coyotes (7-11, 1-4) last Friday at McCollum behind four double-figure scorers.

Aileen Alonzo led the Cowboys with 15 points. Miranda Moreno chipped in with 14. Elva Rios scored 13 points. Senior Emilee Almazan had 10.

Highlands 58, Jefferson 37

The third-place Owls (17-9, 6-2) were a streak killer last week in 28-4A. Highlands won its third in a row  Friday, defeating Jefferson after felling Lanier on Tuesday. The fourth-place Voks (8-13, 5-3) who had won three of their previous four before falling 60-36.

Jefferson (8-12, 3-6) was coming off a win when Highlands put the game out of reach in the second half at Highlands. The Mustangs were within 25-24 at halftime. The Owls outscored Jefferson 13-8 in the third quarter and produced 20 points in the last eight minutes.

Highlands sophomore Jazzmine Jackson recorded a career-high 28 points. Freshman Kiara Pesina scored 14. The Owls only had four scorers. The remaining points were supplied by Emily Pearce and Aaliyah Prince.

The Mustangs received nine points from senior Adriana Aguinaga and eight from  Mary Loera.

Harlandale 48, Kennedy 36

The third-place Indians (14-9, 3-2) got back on track after two consecutive losses. Harlandale outscored host Kennedy 20-9 in the first quarter and rolled to the District 29-4A win Friday.

Junior Cameron Orta scored more than two-thirds of Kennedy’s points. Orta scored 21.

Individual scoring for Harlandale was unavailable.

Burbank 50, YWLA 21

The Bulldogs (5-14, 2-6) broke open a close game against Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-18, 0-8) in the second half Friday at Lanier.

The score was tied 7-7 in the first quarter. Burbank pulled out to a 16-10 lead at halftime and produced 34 points in the second half.

Scrappy senior Alejandra Martinez led Burbank with 17 points. Sophomore post Antwanisha Riddle accounted for 11 points. Freshman Cory Sepulveda supplied eight points.

For the Cardinals, senior Serena Trevino led the way with nine points.

Edison 58, Fox Tech 17

The Golden Bears (10-15, 4-4) limited Fox Tech  (4-17, 1-7) to eight points in the first half Saturday morning at Lanier.

Junior Dashia Miles led Edison with 18 points. Miles also finished with eight rebounds and six steals. Post Paula Moreno collected a team-high 10 rebounds to complement eight points and four steals. Marisa Salas provided 10 points, 10 assists and five steals.

Golden Bears sophomore guard Rachel Campos added six assists and six steals. Amy Marcos finished with eight rebounds and five steals. Hannah Diano grabbed four rebounds and made three steals.

Elizabeth Narezo and Carla Ponce led the Buffaloes with six points apiece.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Lanier relies too much on long distance in loss to Brennan

Voks can’t sustain second-half rally against defending 28-4A champs


Lanier’s coach didn’t like what either side of the number related to long-distance shooting revealed about his team Friday in its District 28-4A showdown with defending champion Brennan.

The two 3-point shots the Voks (15-6, 1-2) made in the 54-36 loss to Brennan (17-4, 3-0) was too small to suit Lanier coach Rudy Bernal. The 31 attempts from beyond the three-point line also was a disappointment at the Paul Taylor Gym.

What it revealed was that Lanier had settled for long shots, rather than drive for easier opportunities.

“We just needed to try to attack and continue to create openings for other players,” Bernal said. “We needed to get more players involved in the offense and get to the free-throw line.”

Lanier, No. 9 in the Express-News area rankings, didn’t attempt a free throw until 5:46 remained in the third quarter. By contrast, Brennan was having no difficulty scoring.

The Bears, No. 7 in the Express-New rankings, made six of eight shots in the first quarter, including four of four 3-pointers, while building a 17-6. They shot 50 percent on 20 field-goal attempts and added three free throws for a commanding 29-11 halftime lead.

Junior standout Jordan Murphy (10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) had 13 points at the midway mark. Murphy and teammate Jonathan Rodriguez, who sank four 3-pointers, each finished with 16 points.

“It’s always good to come out making some shots,” Brennan coach Tommy Hines said. “Lanier is a very, very good team. I told the guys they were going to have to work very hard in our zone against them.”

Hines, a South San alum, was bracing for a Lanier comeback, and the Voks didn’t disappoint.

“I’ve got more respect for Lanier than possibly any other program we play,” Hines said, “because of the way their program is run. They’re one of the toughest teams we’re going to play during the season.

“What they do speaks a lot for Coach Bernal. I have a ton of respect for him. He’s one of my all-time favorite coaches. He’s a guy I’ve looked up to for a long time.”

A rebound basket from Brennan’s Oluwatobi Osidele (7 rebounds, 3 steals) pushed Brennan’s lead to 20 points early in the third quarter. Lanier scored the next 14 points.

The run began with two free throws from senior Ajax Reyes (15 points, 7 steals). Following a short jumper from Chris Salazar (3 assists), Reyes converted a steal into a layup. The Voks forced eight turnovers in the quarter, while committing one.

Lanier had been plagued by eight turnovers in the first half.

“We needed to attack the basket,” Bernal said. “We came out for the third quarter, and that’s what we did. We got their lead down to six, so that was pretty effective. We were pretty fired up.”

Reyes forced another steal, which led to a pair of free throws from Rodrigo Garcia (10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocked shots) that cut Brennan’s lead to 31-19. A pair of baskets from Salazar, one off a steal from Lanier freshman Isaiah Vargas, brought the Voks within 31-25 with 2:02 left in the third quarter.

“They’re big,” Bernal said, “so we weren’t going to get a lot of extra shots against them. We needed to make the shots we got count.”

Brennan had only taken three shots in the first six minutes of the period. But the Bears minimized the damage, making four of six shots to close the quarter with a 39-27 lead.

“I thought we spread the floor pretty well,” Hines said. “That helped us out.”

Despite a clever reverse layup from Lanier senior Nick Garcia, Rodriguez extended Brennan’s lead to 44-29 early in the fourth quarter with a three-point basket and two free throws. A  three-pointer from Reyes cut it back to 12, but the Bears were never challenged again.

“We played very smart,” Hines said of the final quarter.

While Brennan and Edison (14-8, 3-0) remained undefeated after a full week of 28-4A play, Lanier had fallen off the pace by losing to those two schools. However, Bernal understood that it was too soon to panic.

“We’ve got some more important games coming up,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we take care of business with everyone else.”

Brennan 79, Brackenridge 66

Brackenridge (12-10, 2-1) gave Brennan a battle Tuesday at the Lanier Alumni Center.

Eagles senior Gabe Hildebrand produced a 33-point scoring effort and helped keep his team in the game until late in the second half against the defending District 28-4A champion Bears. Hildebrand scored 17 points in the first half.

Brackenridge extended its 13-11 first-quarter lead to 32-25 at halftime. Brennan outscored the Eagles 30-11 in the third quarter.

Sophomore Richard Wallace contributed 12 points and Davonte Anderson scored 10 for Brack. Murphy scored 29 points for the Bears.

Brackenridge completed the week with a 59-45 win over archrival Burbank (10-11, 1-2) Saturday at Lanier. The Bulldogs led 27-24 at halftime, but the Eagles pulled away on the strength of 35 second-half points.

Hildebrand led five double-figure Brack scorers with 14 points. Wallace (13 points), Anderson (12) and point guard Aaron Lopez (10) also were key contributors. For Burbank, Gabriel Rangel scored 12 points and Paul Rojas added 10. Matthew Juarez had eight for the Bulldogs.

Central Catholic 55, New Braunfels 51

Central Catholic (14-6) won its 11th-consecutive game Friday, claiming a four-point road victory over New Braunfels (11-10).

The Buttons outscored the Unicorns 18-10 in the first quarter and led at the end of each quarter. New Braunfels was within 28-26 at halftime.

Senior post Daniel Kellum led a balanced Central Catholic attack with 12 points. Senior Zac Tingle contributed 11 points.  P.J. Escobar also was in double figures with 10. Tony Lewis chipped in with nine points.

Central Catholic smacked visiting Houston St. Thomas 87-57 Monday in a non-district game. Lewis led 13 Central Catholic scorers with 19 points and Kellum added 16.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s schedule/results (thru Jan. 11)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 5-11

Tuesday’s results

District 28-5A

East Central (9-12, 2-0) 61, Corpus Christi King (3-6 ???, 0-2) 46

Corpus Christi Carroll (20-6, 1-1) 85, South San (9-14, 0-2) 39

Steele (16-4, 2-0) 57, Southwest (17-7, 1-1) 51

District 28-4A

Highlands (18-9, 7-2) 63, Burbank (5-15 ???, 2-7) 31

Lanier (9-13 ???, 6-347, Jefferson (8-13, 3-7) 45

Brackenridge (20-5, 8-156, Fox Tech (4-18, 1-8) 17

Brennan (18-0, 9-0) 81, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-19, 0-9) 2

District 29-4A

Floresville (16-10, 6-0) 59, Uvalde (7-12, 1-5) 32

Southside (10-12, 2-4) 43, Kennedy (7-11 ???, 2-4), 39

Harlandale (15-9, 4-2) 54, Memorial (5-16 ???, 1-5) 39

McCollum (7-13, 3-3) 48, Medina Valley (14-7, 5-1) 47

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (2-16 ???, 1-1) 78, Poteet (4-15, 1-1) 25

Pleasanton (4-16 ???, 1-0 ???) 41, Hawkins (2-11 ???, 0-2) 36

La Vernia (19-5, 2-0) 66, Somerset (9-9 ???, 0-1 ???) 48


Austin Regents (???, 1-0) 44, TMI (4-5 ???, 0-1) 38

Wednesday’s results


St. Anthony (14-6 ???) 49, Holy Cross (10-18) 36

Friday’s results

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (21-6, 2-1) 65, East Central (9-13, 2-1) 49

Steele (17-4, 3-0) 76, Corpus Christi King (3-7 ???, 0-3) 49

Southwest (18-7, 2-1), 64, South San (9-15, 0-3) 43

District 28-4A

Lanier (10-13 ???, 7-3) 39, Burbank (5-16 ???, 2-8) 37

Brennan (19-0, 10-0) 70, Highlands (18-10, 7-3) 34

Brackenridge (21-5, 9-1) 64, Edison (11-16, 4-5) 39

District 29-4A

Medina Valley (15-7, 6-1) 52, Floresville (16-11, 6-1) 46

McCollum (8-13, 4-3) 51, Kennedy (7-12 ???, 2-5) 35

Southside (11-12, 3-4) 38, Harlandale (15-10, 4-3) 37

Uvalde (8-12, 2-5) 58, Memorial (5-17 ???, 1-6) 54

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (3-16 ???, 2-1) 69, Hawkins (2-12 ???, 0-3) 22

La Vernia (20-5, 3-0) 85, Pleasanton (4-17 ???, 1-1 ???) 31

Somerset (10-9 ???, 1-1 ???) 50, Poteet (4-16, 1-2) 34


Austin St. Micheal’s (???, 1-2) 73, Providence (2-16 ???, 1-2) 29


San Marcos Baptist Academy (???, 1-0) 54, Holy Cross (10-19, 0-1) 48

Austin Regents (???, 1-0) 50, TMI (4-6 ???, 0-1) 33

Victoria St. Joseph (???, 1-0) 61, Austin Hyde Park (???, 0-1), 35

Saturday’s results

District 28-4A

Fox Tech (5-18, 2-8) 42, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-20, 0-10) 40


St. Anthony (???, 1-1) 47, Corpus Christi John Paul II (9-2 ???, 0-2) 19

Brownsville St. Joseph (???, 2-1) 41, Incarnate Word (1-3 ???, 3-1) 28


Austin St. Dominic Savio (???, 1-0) 57, Cornerstone Christian (9-2 ???, 0-1) 47

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (???, 0-0) at San Antonio Christian (1-3 ???, 0-0), 1:30 p.m. (score unavailable)

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Jan. 11)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 5-11

Monday’s games


South San (10-10) 65, Round Rock Stony Point (???) 62

Southwest (5-16 ???) 72, New Braunfels (11-11) 67

Central Catholic (15-6) 66, Wagner (15-5) 54

Tuesday’s games

District 28-4A

Jefferson (5-16, 1-3) 58, Fox Tech (1-19, 0-4) 40

Edison (15-9, 4-0) 49, Brackenridge (11-11, 2-2) 30

District 29-4A

Southside (6-16, 1-3) 86, Kennedy (3-16 ???, 1-3) 84

Harlandale (14-8, 3-1) 57, Memorial (5-14 ???, 1-3) 49

Floresville (8-11, 4-0) 81, Uvalde (8-11 ???, 2-2) 50

McCollum (13-8, 3-1) 63, Medina Valley (10-12, 1-3) 48


Churchill (20-3) 73, Sam Houston (12-9) 53

Boerne (15-8) 63, Holy Cross (5-17 ???) 28

Wednesday’s games

District 28-4A

Highlands (9-11 ???, 3-1) 61, Lanier (15-6, 1-3) 57

Brennan (16-4, 4-0) 57, Burbank (9-11, 1-3) 20

Friday’s games

District 28-5A

East Central (15-7, 1-0) 81, Corpus Christi Carroll (10-4 ???, 0-1) 55

Steele (11-11, 1-0) 77, Corpus Christi King (6-11 ???, 0-1) 64

South San (11-11, 1-0) 61, Southwest (5-17 ???, 0-1) 59

District 28-4A

Brennan (17-4, 5-0), 47, Highlands (9-12 ???, 3-2) 40

Jefferson (6-16, 2-3) 49, Brackenridge (11-12, 2-3) 45 (OT)

Edison (16-9, 5-0) 49, Burbank (9-12, 1-4) 38

District 29-4A

McCollum (14-9, 4-1) 68, Kennedy (3-18 ???, 1-4) 64 (OT)

Memorial (6-14 ???, 2-3) 65, Uvalde (8-12 ???, 2-3) 40

Harlandale (15-9, 4-1) 103, Southside (6-18, 1-4) 56

Floresville (9-11, 5-0) 58, Medina Valley (10-13, 1-4) 31

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (13-9, 1-0) 64, Hawkins (5-18, 0-1) 45

La Vernia (18-2, 1-0) 73, Pleasanton (5-13, 0-1), 53

Somerset (3-12 ???, 1-0) 82, Poteet (5-9 ???, 0-1) 41


Austin Hyde Park Baptist (3-10 ???, 1-0) 50, Victoria St. Joseph (???, 0-1)45

Holy Cross (5-17 ???, 0-0) 45, San Marcos Baptist Academy (5-7 ???, 0-1) 30

TMI (19-8 ???, 1-0) 62, Austin Regents (7-6 ???, 0-1) 35

Saturday’s games

District 28-4A

Lanier (16-6, 2-3) 75, Fox Tech (1-20, 0-5) 23


Austin St. Dominic Savio (8-10 ???, 0-0) at Cornerstone Christian (2-5 ???, 0-0), 2 p.m. (score unavailable)

San Antonio Christian (25-10 ???, 1-0) 91, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (2-13 ???, 0-1) 25


Laredo St. Augustine (???, 1-0) 74, Brownsville St. Joseph (???, 0-1) 48


Central Catholic (16-6) 81, St. Gerard (16-5 ???) 46