GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Dragons pull out District 28-6A opener

YWLA stays hot; Kennedy downs Memorial

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Aaliyah Holmes scored 16 points in leading Southwest past Corpus Christi Ray in its District 28-6A opener.
Aaliyah Holmes scored 16 points in leading Southwest past Corpus Christi Ray in its District 28-6A opener.




















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Southwest (15-7, 1-0) began its District 28-6A season with a 41-38 win over Corpus Christi Ray (16-6, 0-1) Friday in Corpus Christi.

The Dragons trailed 17-16 at halftime. Southwest outscored Ray 9-7 in the final quarter to secure the win.

Junior Aaliyah Holmes led Southwest with 16 points. Karyssa Henry contributed eight points.

Holmes scored 27, fellow junior Alexandra Busby had 17 and Brianna Longoria added nine Jan. 5 at Southwest as the Dragons eclipsed Laredo Alexander 59-48. Busby’s total included 1,000th point of her Dragons career.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy 56, St. Gerard 43

The Cardinals (18-10) produced a pair of non-district victories, clipping Randolph (5-11) 52-43 Tuesday at Fox Tech and traveling to St. Gerard (9-7) for a win Saturday.

YWLA defeated the Ro-Hawks for the second time in three meetings this year as junior guard Olivia Balderas accounted for 37 points. Balderas had scored 38 in the Cardinals’ previous game against Brooks Academy.

Valeria Serenil was YWLA’s second-leading scorer against Randolph with five points.

The Cardinals trailed 23-19 at halftime, but outscored St. Gerard 24-8 in the third quarter.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy individual scoring information was not available.

Kennedy 46, Memorial 15

The Rockets (6-14, 1-5) defeated their archrival Memorial (1-20, 0-7) Friday in a District 27-5A game at Kennedy.

Kennedy’s lead was just 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Rockets seized control by outscoring the Minutemen 14-2 in the second quarter.

Senior Cameron Orta led the Rockets with 15 points. Esmeralda Manzaneres contributed 10 points and Vivica Vargas added nine.

Juanita Rodriguez was Memorial’s top scorer with five points.

Brackenridge 74, Jefferson 51

The Eagles (11-15, 6-2) moved into a second-place tie with Lanier and Sam Houston in District 28-5A by defeating Jefferson (5-17, 2-6) Friday at Lanier.

Brackenridge placed five scorers in double figures, led by junior Skyler Reyna (6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals) with 17 points. Miranda Sandoval finished with 13 points and six steals. Clarissa Rodriguez (12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), Clara Ramos (11 points, 5 rebounds) and Ashley Hernandez (10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) also scored in double digits.

Junior guard Angela Hardcastle led Jefferson with 24 points. Cecilia Campos added nine.

Tuesday at McCollum, Brackenridge defeated the Cowboys (1-16, 0-7) 51-32. Reyna led the Eagles with 16 points and Rodriguez scored 11. Softball standout Alyssa Berlanga supplied eight points.

McCollum’s top scorer was freshman Stephanie Esquivel with nine points.

Sam Houston 59, Harlandale 49

The Hurricanes (11-7, 6-2) picked up an important 28-5A win Friday at Harlandale (10-14, 4-4), which enabled them to remain in second place.

Sam Houston received 18 points from senior Jordyn Stewart. Monisha Jones scored 13 and Ashawntae Brown added 12.

Justyne Perez led Harlandale with 17 points and four assists. Teresa Navarro and Kayla Nunez each scored 13 points. Navarro made three 3-point baskets. Nunez had three steals.

The Hurricanes outscored Edison (6-17, 1-6) 15-9 in the second quarter to seize control of the 28-5A game Tuesday at Alamo Convocation Center. Sam Houston won 37-28.

Stewart scored 10 for Sam Houston. Brown and senior Dajah Thomas each had nine.

Dashia Miles was Edison’s leading scorer with eight points. Miles also made five steals and Jasmin Hernandez made four. Amy Marcos led Edison with seven rebounds. Freshman Judilynn Mayorga scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.

Laredo Cigarroa 59, Southside 40

The Toros (5-0 in district) broke a first-place tie with a decisive District 29-5A win Friday at Southside (13-7, 4-1). Cigarroa, No. 16 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state rankings, established an 18-8 lead in the first quarter.

Freshman Desirae Arocha led Southside with 14 points. Amalia Alexander scored 10 and Suwanan Nanthaphit had eight.

The Cardinals had won 52-23 Tuesday at Uvalde (2-16, 1-2). Southside outscored Uvalde 14-2 in the first quarter and 18-7 in the fourth.

Arocha scored a team-high 18 points for Southside. Junior Mayra Sendejo added nine points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Edison wins numbers game vs. Burbank

Bulldogs, Golden Bears tied for sixth in 28-5A


Burbank sophomore Jade Moore looks for an open teammate in a previous game.
Burbank sophomore Jade Moore looks for an open teammate in a previous game.



















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Edison is discovered the strength it has within its numbers Jan. 9 in a District 28-5A win over Burbank.

The Golden Bears (7-17, 2-6) used its depth to pull away from the Bulldogs (9-15, 2-6) for a 53-42 win at the Alamo Convocation Center. Edison broke open the battle for a share of sixth place with a 10-2 run in the third quarter when its transition game kicked in.

“All 11 of them contributed something positive,” Edison coach Angie Alonzo said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching.”

Edison’s win forced a three-way tie for sixth place between the Golden Bears, Burbank and Jefferson (5-17, 2-6) as the first round of district play came to a close.

“We’re not where we should be at this point in the season,” Burbank coach Laura Zapata said. “We just haven’t put it all together. For some reason, we’ve struggled coming out in the third quarter.”

Burbank took a 23-22 lead when Jade Moore sank a three-point basket off an assist from Olivia Cardenas 23 seconds into the third quarter.

Burbank seven turnovers in third quarter. Edison outscored the Bulldogs 17-8 in the quarter.

“We just stepped it up on defense,” Alonzo said. “We were able to create layups off of our steals and that chemistry.”

Edison freshman forward Judilynn Mayorga scored eight points in the quarter and 15 of her 18 points after halftime. Mayorga chipped in three baskets during a run of 12 unanswered points after a pair of free throws from Burbank junior Antwanisha Riddle tied it 26-26 with a pair of free throws.

Mayorga scored most of her baskets in transition, working in concert with guard Dashia Miles. With 47.2 seconds remaining in the quarter, Mayorga passed to Miles for a layup. Miles (8 points) then recorded a backcourt steal and immediately returned the favor to the freshman.

“I’ll call for the ball as soon as I see Dashia with it,” Mayorga said. “I’ll go up and shoot. If she sees me, I’ll pass it to her when she’s open.”

The Golden Bears led 39-28 after three quarters. Bulldogs senior Katherine Regalado (13 points) sank a free throw on the first possession of the final quarter, but Burbank was unable to get closer.

Edison established a 13-7 lead in the first quarter. Burbank tied it 18-18 on a foul shot by Regalado and took a lead on one from Riddle. Golden Bears freshman Victoria Rodriguez (7 points) answered with back-to-back fastbreak baskets and Edison led 22-20 at intermission.

“Today, the girls stuck together,” Alonzo said. “Against Brackenridge and Lanier, we had great first halves, but we weren’t able to finish.”

BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Central Catholic gathering momentum as district season approaches

Rockets record double-digit win over Minutemen

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Central Catholic, Harlandale, Kennedy, Memorial, Sam Houston.

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Burbank senior guard Moses Montalvo negotiates some driving room against Highlands.
Burbank senior Michael Mascorro negotiates some driving room against Highlands.














Sam Houston post Devin Allen (42) clears a rebound over Edison's Andrew Rodriguez (5) while the Golden Bears' Lorenzo Vela closes in.
Sam Houston post Devin Allen (42) clears a rebound over Edison’s Andrew Rodriguez (5) while the Golden Bears’ Lorenzo Vela closes in.














Highlands guard Jose Alvarez (4) drives on Burbank post William Valdez (50).
Highlands guard Jose Alvarez (4) drives on Burbank post William Valdez (50), while Valdez sets himself to take a charge.














Edison senior Lorenzo Vela has the basket squarely in his sights.
Edison senior Lorenzo Vela has the basket squarely in his sights.
















Central Catholic lost four of its five leading scorers from 2013-14 to graduation. The other, its top scorer, has been lost since this season began.

Six-foot-10 senior Tony Lewis, who has signed to play basketball next year at Santa Clara, has been shelved for the remainder of the season by a leg injury. Despite losing Lewis, the Buttons have regained veteran guard Jaime Nava, who had been injured, and have made positive gains in recent weeks.

The Buttons (14-12) claimed a pair of wins, edging Fredericksburg 58-57 Tuesday and trouncing St. Gerard (5-10) 69-32 Friday.

Central Catholic bolted to a 20-5 first-quarter led and had a 37-13 advantage over St. Gerard by halftime.

Senior Will Galindo led the Buttons with 15 points. Raul Aguilar scored 11. Nava and Julian Rodriguez contributed nine and eight points, respectively.

Scoring information from the game at Fredericksburg was unavailable.

Central Catholic was scheduled to begin TAPPS District 2-5A play Friday with an 8 p.m. game against rival Antonian (20-8) at Bill Greehey Arena on the St. Mary’s University campus.

Kennedy 62, Memorial 51

The Rockets (7-14, 1-5) gained the upper hand in the season series with rival Memorial (7-16, 0-6), defeating the Minutemen Friday at Edgewood Gym. The rematch will be Feb. 10 at the same location.

Kennedy ended a five-game losing streak with its first District 27-5A win. The Rockets led 30-20 at halftime and fended off Memorial in the second half.

Senior Isaac Castro led Kennedy with 14 points. Quentan Bell provided 11 points. Marc Esquivel and Julian Landeros scored seven apiece.

Senior guard Bryan Obregon led the Minutemen with 13 points. Football standouts Albert Ramos and Jose Pargas scored 12 and eight points, respectively.

Burbank 54, Edison 53

The Bulldogs (19-4, 6-0) made a pair of narrow escapes last week to remain undefeated in District 28-5A.

Burbank edged Highlands (8-13, 3-3) by two points Tuesday and Edison (7-13, 2-4) by one Friday at the Alamo Convocation Center.

The Golden Bears established a 17-10 lead in the first quarter. The Bulldogs gained the upper hand 30-24 by halftime, but Edison was within 42-41 entering the final quarter.

Eduardo Esquivel led Edison with 12 points. Joseph Ortiz, Andrew Rodriguez (5 rebounds) and Lorenzo Vela scored nine points apiece.

Bulldogs statistics were unavailable.

Burbank survived a 52-50 score from Highlands. The Bulldogs stormed to an 18-7 lead, but the Owls cut their deficit to six points by halftime. Highlands outscored the Burbank 28-24 in the second half, but the Bulldogs brought the win home.

Michael Mascorro and Juan Castillo each scored 11 points for Burbank. Post William Valdez added 10 points. Moses Montalvo finished with nine point.

Highlands senior Lamar Sterling led all scorers with 18 points. Joseph Jackson and Christopher Hartfield each tallied 10.

Sam Houston 68, Harlandale 56

The Hurricanes (6-10, 4-3) recorded their fourth-consecutive District 28-5A win Friday over Harlandale (12-11, 1-5) at the Alamo Convocation Center .

In a 55-53 nail-biter against Edison at the ACCr, Sam Houston opened a 37-31 lead after three quarters of a close game. The Golden Bears outscored Sam Houston 22-18 in the final quarter.

Senior post Devin Allen led the Hurricanes with 15 points. Dewayne Brown added 13 points. Robert Christian mustered 10 points.

Vela led Edison with 25 points, making five of seven shots from three-point range. Vela also distributed four assists. Senior Angelo Leyvani also sank five three-pointers and reaped 17 points.

No statistics were available from the Sam Houston-Harlandale game.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Holy Cross hits its stride in 4-4A season

Knights rapidly improving under first-year coach Curran



Midway through the season, Holy Cross and its first-year coach have reached an understanding.

TAPPS District 4-4A wins over Laredo St. Augustine Tuesday (73-64) and Victoria St. Joseph Friday (78-46) were evidence of the fact the Knights (8-17, 3-3) are all on the same page. The victories took on added meaning because they came on the heels of a blowout loss to powerful San Antonio Christian and re-established Holy Cross as a potential playoff contender.

“It has been good to see the boys buy into our whole philosophy,” said Holy Cross coach Chad Curran, who coached Castle Hills Baptist for the previous three seasons. “We don’t have a lot of AAU players. It’s about playing good defense, getting up and down (court) and making smart passes.”

Holy Cross lost its first 10 games this season, but has steadily improved. Rapidly, in fact, since the Knights picked up their first win (76-54) over Cornerstone Christian Dec. 2 in their TAPPS District 4-4A opener. They used the momentum to sweep their next four games at the Pearsall Tournament.

The Knights are fourth in 4-4A, trailing co-leaders San Antonio Christian and TMI (both 5-0) as well as Corpus Christi John Paul II (3-2 in district).

“Our goal has been to beat the teams we need to beat,” Curran said. “We’re working for that second or third (playoff) spot. San Antonio Christian has been beating all the good 5A teams in town.”

Scrappy Laredo St. Augustine (7-17, 1-5), whose mascot also is Knights, fit the bill as a team Holy Cross needed to beat. St. Augustine scored 10 points in less than two minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters to take the lead.

Holy Cross led 41-33 before the visiting Knights threw down the gauntlet.

“Early in the year, we lost focus when we got down,” Curran said. “Tonight, the kids responded. We made great adjustments in the second half. We played a little 2-3 (zone) to get them out of their rhythm. The kids have come a long way.”

Trailing 43-41, senior post John Autrey (10 points) scored inside and sophomore point guard Raymond Rios (18 points) drove for a layup that regained the lead.

St. Augustine’s Robert Gonzalez tied the score with a rebound basket, but Holy Cross launched a 13-2 run with a three-pointer from Thaddeus Gonzales (13 points). The long-distance shots quickly became contagious.

Jason Fernandez (12 points) and Gonzales each contributed three-pointers to the run, which left the host Knights with a 58-49 advantage with 3:42 remaining. Drives from Rios and senior Chris Rodriguez led to open shots.

“We were coming up with layups,” Rios said. “As we made more layups, we got the confidence to make our threes.”

Holy Cross received 20 points from senior guard Bryan Brown and 16 from Autrey in the win over Victoria St. Joseph.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Owls breeze through first half of 28-5A schedule

Highlands taking measures to stay focused

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Highlands, McCollum.

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Burbank guard Olivia Cardenas tries to prevent Highlands' Emily Pearce (11) from turning the corner.
Burbank guard Olivia Cardenas tries to prevent Highlands’ Emily Pearce (11) from turning the corner.















Highlands post Susana Stephens (40) goes after a shot from Burbank guard Jade Moore (10).
Highlands post Susana Stephens (40) goes after a shot from Burbank guard Jade Moore (10).














Highlands' Aaliyah Prince (22) makes a bid for the baseline against Burbank's Antwanisha Riddle.
Highlands’ Aaliyah Prince (22) makes a bid for the baseline against Burbank’s Antwanisha Riddle.




















Highlands is looking for ways to maintain its edge as it pursues the school’s first girls basketball district title in memory.

“We’ve been practicing against the freshman boys team,” 11th-year Owls coach Adrianna Wiatrek said. “We did it with that bunch that made the playoffs four years ago. We started doing it before the Sam Houston game, because they’re so athletic and so long. We couldn’t go against each other and get that kind of preparation.”

Highlands was halfway to an unblemished district season after claiming an 89-28 victory over McCollum Friday on their home floor.

The first-place Owls (18-9, 8-0) weren’t really challenged in their first pass through District 28-5A. The win over the Cowboys (1-17, 0-8) was their largest margin of victory. The closest win was a 50-38 decision over Brackenridge Dec. 12.

In her years as Owls coach and her previous five years as a Southwest assistant, Wiatrek is unaware of any previous Highlands district titles. Another unanswered question is whether Highlands has ever gone through an undefeated district season.

“We’re in uncharted waters,” Wiatrek said. “We’re trying to keep pushing ourselves and stay focused.”

Brackenridge (11-15, 6-2) shared second place with Lanier and Sam Houston as of Friday. McCollum was in ninth place.

“I also see Harlandale coming on through,” Wiatrek said. “I keep telling the girls it’s going to be a different second round. Just like everyone else is preparing, we have to keep preparing.”

Highlands outscored McCollum 32-2 in the first quarter.

“We’re doing a better job of coming out in the first quarter and pushing the pace,” Wiatrek said.

Aaliyah Prince led the Owls with 28 points against the Cowboys. The junior produced 30 points, seven steals and four blocked shots in a 71-33 rout of Burbank (9-15, 2-6) Tuesday.

“Aaliyah has really found her groove in scoring,” Wiatrek said. “She has been way more aggressive lately. She looks to pass when she shouldn’t. We have to have that conversation a lot, that she needs to be a little selfish.”

Senior guard Jina Lackey erupted for 22 against McCollum. Miranda Rich led the Cowboys with seven points.

“Everybody runs that 1-2-2 (zone) against us.” Wiatrek said. “Jina gets that rebound and takes off. Not many people can beat her down the floor. Her three-point shots have been so much more money, too.”

Point guard Kiara Pesina notched 12 points. Monique Jackson scored nine.

Burbank was within 11-9 after the quarter, but Highlands outscored them 44-13 in the second half. Highlands produced 20 steals.

Pesina finished with 17 points, five assists and four steals. Junior post Jazmine Jackson logged six points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

Jackie Rodriguez-Torres led the Bulldogs with 12 points.

Highlands lost junior guard Sabrina Curren to an anterior cruciate ligament tear. Wiatrek said the injury has reminded her players of the need to stay in the moment.

“You can’t take anything for granted,” Wiatrek said. “Sabrina gets really emotional when she talks to them. She says, ‘Look what’s happened to me.’ ”

GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT (Dec. 28-Jan. 3): Voks defeat Edison, seize second in 28-5A

Brackenridge knots up 28-5A race

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Brooks Academy, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.



Lanier (13-10, 5-2) bounced back from a loss four days earlier to claim second place in District 28-5A with a 55-34 win over Edison (6-16, 1-5) Jan. 3 at Alamo Convocation Center.

The Voks lost 76-49 to district-leading Highlands (16-9, 6-0) Dec. 30 on the same court.

The Voks pulled away from Edison in the second half, holding it to four points in the third quarter. The Golden Bears were within 22-17 at halftime, despite a big first half from Lanier junior Ruby Garza, who finished with a game-high 20 points.

Sabrina Cortinas added 13 points for the Voks. Junior Rachel Campos led the Golden Bears with nine points.

Harlandale (10-12, 4-2) defeated Edison 50-41 Dec. 30.

Senior Elizabeth Herrera led the victorious Indians with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals, three assists and two blocked shots. Justyne Perez scored 11 points. Kristy Ricondo scored eight points and collected seven rebounds for Harlandale. Kayla Nunez made five steals.

Freshman Judilynn Mayorga was the Golden Bears’ top scorer, supplying 10 points to go with five rebounds. Jasmin Chapa grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and made three steals as did Rachel Campos. Jasmine Hernandez scored nine points.

Brackenridge 48, Burbank 39

The Eagles (9-15, 4-2) forged a three-way tie for third place in District 28-5A with a win over rival Burbank (9-13, 2-4) Jan. 3 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Brackenridge finished the week tied with Harlandale (10-12, 4-2) and Sam Houston (8-7, 4-2), whom the Eagles defeated 55-46 Dec. 30. Burbank had won its previous two district games.

The Eagles received 21 points from junior Skyler Reyna and 14 from senior Clarissa Rodriguez.

Katherine Regalado led the Bulldogs with 12 points. Antwanisha Riddle scored 10.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy 77, Brooks Academy 42

Sophomore guard Olivia Balderas fired in 38 points as the Cardinals (16-10) blitzed Brooks Academy in a non-district game Jan. 2 in the Bengals’ gym.

Clarissa Castro chipped in 11 points for YWLA. Jylian Bolton scored nine and Julianna Lopez added eight.

Alyssa Quintanilla was Brooks Academy’s leading scorer with 14 points. Hailey Rinewalt and J. Castillo contributed 10 points apiece.

Jefferson 29, McCollum 23

The Mustangs (5-15, 2-5) edged McCollum (1-15, 0-6) in a District 28-5A Jan. 3 at Jefferson.

Jefferson took a 9-7 lead in the first quarter and led at the end of each successive quarter. The Cowboys were within 19-17 after three.

Junior guard Angela Hardcastle led Jefferson with 11 points. Kasey Torres scored seven.

Azrith Gomez, Andrea Green and Celeste Ramirez each scored four points for the Cowboys.

BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT (Dec. 28-Jan. 3): Bobcats put exclamation point on week with win over Laredo LBJ

Lanier hangs onto share of 28-5A lead

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, Sam Houston, South San.

South San's Arthur Rangel (35) assesses the Brahmas' defense while teammate Joseph Zepeda moves in to set a pick. Rangel scored 20 points against Laredo Johnson.
South San’s Arthur Rangel (35) assesses the MacArthur’s defense in a previous game while teammate Joseph Zepeda moves in to set a pick. Rangel scored 20 points against Laredo Johnson.




















South San (15-4) capped a full week with a 67-30 blowout victory over Laredo Johnson (5-13) Jan. 3 at South San.

The Bobcats also placed third at the Calallen Christmas Classic earlier in the week. South San won three of four games in the two-day tournament at Corpus Christi Calallen.

Against Laredo Johnson, senior Arthur Rangel scored a team-high 20 points as South San established a 31-14 halftime lead. Malik Brown contributed 11 points. Andre Flores and Jordan Allen each scored nine points. Curtis Allen had eight.

South San won its first two games at Callallen, blasting Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 83-39 and Corpus edging Christi Flour Bluff 60-56 Dec. 29. Coppell defeated the Bobcats 62-31 Dec. 30 in the semifinals, but they recovered to dump District 28-6A rival Corpus Christi King 68-38 and claim third place.

Curtis Allen scored 25 points for South San against King.

Lanier 57, Edison 51

The Voks (12-11, 5-0) remained atop the District 28-5A standings, a half-game ahead of Burbank (17-4, 4-0), with a victory over Edison (7-12, 2-2) Jan. 3 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Junior post Raul Solis led Lanier with 14 points. Sophomore Isaiah Vargas also was in double figures, with 10 points. Jerry Samudio and Joe Soto scored nine points apiece.

Senior Angel Rodriguez was Edison’s top scorer with 14 points. Lorenzo Vela supplied 11 points, three assists and three steals. Angelo Leyvani added 10 points for the Golden Bears.

Lanier also defeated Highlands 78-61 Dec. 30 at the ACC. Edison defeated Harlandale (12-9, 1-3) 59-44 that day at Harlandale.

Sam Houston 87, Highlands 67

The Hurricanes (4-10, 2-3) rolled to their first two District 28-5A wins, defeating Brackenridge 56-47 Dec. 30 and downing Highlands Jan.3 in the opening contest of a marathon day at Alamo Convocation Center.

Against Highlands, Sam Houston junior wing Robert Christian (29 points) and senior post Devin Allen (26 points) each benefitted from the fast tempo. Henry Carter chipped in 15 points. Dewayne Brown added eight points.

Senior post Joseph Jackson led Highlands with 23 points. JerMichael Shirley, who recently returned from an injury scored 13. Jamaria Moody (13 points) and Alejandro Trevino (10 points) also were in double figures.

In the win over Brackenridge, Christian logged a team-high 15 points and Raymonte Prime scored eight.

Richard Wallace provided 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Eagles. Jonathan King added 10.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Southwest exacts revenge against New Braunfels Canyon

Quick payback puts Dragons back at .500


Southwest freshman D'Andre Griffin drives on a Brandeis defender in a previous game.
Southwest freshman D’Andre Griffin drives on a Brandeis defender in a previous game.


















Southwest couldn’t erase the heartbreak of losing to New Braunfels Canyon in the championship game of its tournament, so it did the next-best thing in the do-over.

The Dragons (9-9) prevailed when the teams faced each other in a rematch of their Southwest Tournament finale Jan. 2 on the same court. Canyon (8-10) nipped Southwest 47-46 Dec. 30 in the tournament title game. The visitors claimed revenge with a 72-63 decision.

“We executed very well,” first-year Southwest coach Lance Lipscomb said. “The kids were disappointed when we lost in the championship game. We felt we should win our own tournament.

“How often do you have a chance to get right back and get that rematch? Usually a loss like that sticks with you for a while.”

The loss to Canyon was the only one Southwest incurred in the tournament and for the week. The Dragons defeated Eagle Pass 79-71 and Southside (5-10), which didn’t win a tournament game, 71-58 Dec. 29. On the last day Dec. 30, Southwest bombed Carrizo Springs 52-47 to reach the title game.

“We looked a little bit better,” Lipscomb said of the rematch. “We shot the ball better. Jake Harris for Canyon is a phenomenal player. We told the kids he was going to get his points and (Southwest’s) Aaron Embry was going to get his. But I told them our other four were better than their four.”

Embry, a fourth-year starter, scored 24 points and Harris had 23 in the first meeting between the teams. No other Dragons players contributed more than seven points.

On Jan. 2 at Southwest, their scoring was much more balanced. Embry again led the way, scoring 19 points. Behind him, sophomore Jacob Bedford-Chase chipped in 17. Brandon Munoz and freshman DeAndre Griffin each produced 14 points.

Bedford-Chase came off the bench and quickly found his shooting touch.

“I don’t think he’d scored in double figures before this year,” Lipscomb said. “He took advantage. He hit his three(-pointers) and made free throws. He played pretty good defense.

“He really ignited our offense. When he hit some shots outside, it opened up some drives and we were able to get to the basket.”

Southwest led throughout the rematch and had the lead for much of the championship game. However, the Dragons’ shooting touch went cold at the worst time.

New Braunfels Canyon claimed the lead when Southwest was unable to score in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

“How many teams don’t score for seven minutes and it’s still a one-possession game?,” Lipscomb said. “Our defense wasn’t too bad and we forced turnovers. Harris found some open shooters and kids who don’t normally make threes hit threes.”

In the Southside game, Embry popped in 25 points and Munoz added 19. Bedford-Chase produced eight.

Manny Martinez led Southside with 21 points. Alex Rangel scored 11 points and Robert Hernandez nine for the Cardinals.

The Dragons won’t begin their District 28-6A season until Jan. 16 against Corpus Christi King at Southwest. They’re hoping to pick up two wins in the coming week and bring the momentum into the district.

“We’ve still got a long way to go,” Lipscomb said. “South San and Corpus Christi Carroll are doing really well. East Central is always competitive.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southside awakens, blows away Laredo Martin after halftime

Cardinals’ rebounding overcomes obstacles



Southside’s style may be a bit unconventional, but it’s hard to knock down a team that remains undefeated in District 29-5A.

The Cardinals (11-6, 3-0) defeated Laredo Martin (4-11, 1-2) 57-38 Jan. 2 at Southside. They’ve won their first three 29-5A games by a combined 40 points and are tied for first with Laredo Cigarroa (3-0 in district), but that doesn’t mean it has been a breeze.

Southside committed 37 turnovers against the Tigers, but forced 33. The Cardinals gained a lot of extra possessions, however, by outrebounding Martin 53-22. They scored 10 points off rebounds.

“I had to chew them out at halftime,” first-year Southside coach Jessica Macias-Cardenas said. “We came out flat. They responded really well in the second half – especially in the fourth quarter.”

Laredo Martin (3-0 in district) incurred its second loss after beginning the week undefeated in the district. Macias-Cardenas anticipated that the Tigers would contend for the 29-5A title.

Southside separated itself from the Tigers with a 26-5 run, that included the last 11 points in the third quarter. It began in response to five unanswered points from Laredo Martin post Leslie Mares (21 points, 11 rebounds). The Tigers led 30-27 at that stage.

“We just didn’t play well enough,” Laredo Martin coach Frank Gonzalez said. “For three quarters, we were right there. Then we missed some free throws and gave up some layups.

“We had some turnovers and missed some layups that we normally don’t do.”

Southside led 22-20 at halftime, then scored on a 15-foot jumper from Desirae Arocha (17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals) and a basket from Klarissa Quintana (16 points, 4 steals, 4 assists).

Arocha and Amalia Alexander (6 points, 14 rebounds) scored off rebounds at the start of the Cardinals’ breakout run. Mayra Sendejo added a fast-break basket and a three-point play that built a 38-29 lead.

Laredo Martin missed the front end of four one-and-one free throw opportunites in the first four minutes of the final quarter. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lead grew to 42-32.

Sendejo (14 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals) nailed four free throws and Arocha put back another rebound to push it to 20 with 2:06 to play.

“If we had started off like that, it wouldn’t have been a ballgame,” Macias-Cardenas said. “We let them stay in the game. At one point in the third quarter, we started playing the way we usually play.

“That’s the thing for us. We play down to other team’s levels. Once we realized it shouldn’t even have been (close), it was a totally different ballgame.”

Southside will play host to Laredo Cigarroa at 7 p.m. Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Plenty of credit to spread around for Burbank

Eagles working toward having last run

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank.


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The all-for-one and one-for-all approach worked for the Three Muskateers, and it continues to be the foundation for Burbank’s success.

“We don’t focus on one play or one player,” Burbank junior point guard Moses Betancourt said. “We’re all in this together.”

The Bulldogs (17-4, 4-0) defeated rival Brackenridge (7-10, 1-4) 58-41 Jan. 3 at Alamo Convocation Center to retain second place in District 28-5A. Lanier (12-11, 5-0) led the district ahead of their Jan. 16 showdown at the ACC.

“We’re staying confident, but we’re not getting big heads,” Burbank coach Herbert Jackson said. “I think it’s a gift to be in this position. We’ve still got four games to go in the first round, and anybody can beat anybody.”

Young Brackenridge has been a hard-luck team in the early stages of the district season. The Eagles have absorbed overtime losses to Edison and Lanier.

They were within 22-19 late in the first half against Burbank and trailed 28-23 when charged with a technical foul.

“We’re a very young team with a lot of new players,” Brackenridge coach Joey Isaac said. “We’re in every game. I don’t think there’s been one game where we weren’t right there at halftime. We’ve still got a lot of games to learn what we need to do to get a win at the end.”

The veteran Bulldogs capitalized when the technical, assessed because of a clerical error, opened the door for them to extend the lead. Brackenridge had survived Burbank’s first two runs.

The Bulldogs seized an 8-2 lead midway through the first quarter when Matthew Juarez (12 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals) notched a layup off an assist from Michael Mascorro.

“That’s my glue,” Jackson said of Juarez. “He’s doing a lot of little things most people don’t pay attention to.”

A three-point basket from Everett Patino brought the Eagles within two, but Burbank scored the next seven points.

Brackenridge’s Jonathan King (7 points, 3 steals) closed the gap to 22-19 with 1:06 until halftime, but Burbank’s Juan Castillo (11 points) answered with a driving layup. A pull-up jumper by Betancourt (14 points, 3 assists, 2 steals) gave the Bulldogs a 28-21 cushion, but Patino made a steall and hit a short shot ahead of the technical.

Betancourt made two of the four resulting free throws and Mascorro (5 rebounds, 3 assists) cashed in a steal for a 32-23 Burbank lead with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter. A driving bank shot from Alejandro Monjarrez gave the Bulldogs a 12-point edge as the quarter ended.

Brackenridge junior Richard Wallace (16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots) scored five points in the final quarter, including a three-point play that reduced the Eagles’ deficit to 11 points. Brack’s 6-foot-5 Jalen Davis finished with seven rebounds.

“I don’t know if there’s been a game where we were behind by more than a few points at the end of the first half,” Isaac said. “Basketball’s a game of runs and, in our district, it’s about who has the last one. Right now, we haven’t had the last one, but we’ve been close.”

Moses Montalvo helped Burbank keep Brackenridge at bay with a pair of five-point spurts in the last two quarters. It was just his second game back after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain.

“It was a joy and a relief,” Jackson said. “I still don’t believe he’s 100 percent.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Jan. 6)

Through January 6


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. South San – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Burbank – 3

4. Lanier – 4

5. Sam Houston – 7

6. Central Catholic – 5

7. Brackenridge – 8

8. McCollum – 6

9. Southwest – 10

10. Edison – 11

11. Highlands – 9

12. Harlandale – 13

13. Jefferson – 12

14. Memorial – 14

15. Holy Cross – NR


NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Jan. 6)

Through January 6


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Highlands – 1

2. Southwest – 2

3. Southside – 4

4. South San – 3

5. Brackenridge – 6

6. East Central – 5

7. Lanier – 8

8. Sam Houston – 7

9. Holy Cross – 9

10. Harlandale – 10

11. Kennedy – 12

12. Burbank – 11

13. Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 13

14. Edison – 14

15. Jefferson – 15


NR = not ranked

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Jan. 10)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 4-10

Monday’s games


East Central (12-8) 99, Carrizo Springs (3-11 ???) 39

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (11-6, 3-2) 66, Floresville (14-9, 4-2) 56

Kerrville Tivy (17-6, 4-1) 66, Memorial (7-15, 0-5) 53

Seguin (9-12 ???, 5-1) 73,  Kennedy (6-13 ???, 0-4) 65

San Marcos (9-12 ???, 4-2 ???) 58, Boerne Champion (8-9 ???, 2-3 ???) 49

District 28-5A

Burbank (18-4, 5-0) 52, Highlands (7-13, 2-3) 50

Lanier (13-11, 6-0) 60, Harlandale (12-10, 1-4) 59

Brackenridge (8-10, 2-4) 58, McCollum (10-10, 2-3) 41

Sam Houston (5-10, 3-3) 55, Edison (7-12, 2-3) 53

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon (12-8 ???, 2-0) 77, Eagle Pass Winn (3-12 ???, 0-2) 33

Laredo Martin (6-7 ???, 2-0) 68, Laredo Cigarroa (8-5 ???, 1-1) 42

Somerset (11-7, 1-1) 63, Medina Valley (8-9 ???, 1-1) 59 (OT)

Southside (6-11 ???, 1-1) 76, Uvalde (7-11 ???, 0-2) 70


Corpus Christi John Paul II (10-9, 3-1) 74, Cornerstone Christian (10-9 ???, 1-3) 57

Holy Cross (7-17, 2-3) 73, Laredo St. Augustine (7-16, 1-4) 64

TMI (16-13, 5-0) 50, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (9-12, 2-3) 39


Southwest (10-9) 53, Del Rio (4-8 ???) 48

Hawkins (0-2 ???) at Brooks Academy (0-3 ???) (score unavailable)

South San (16-4) 74, Eagle Pass (5-7 ???) 35

Central Catholic (14-12) 58, Fredericksburg (5-4 ???) 57

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (12-6, 4-2) 56, Kerrville Tivy (17-7, 4-2) 54

Seguin (10-12 ???, 6-1) 56, Boerne Champion (8-10 ???, 2-4 ???) 44

Kennedy (7-13 ???, 1-4) 62, Memorial (7-16, 0-6) 51

San Marcos (10-12 ???, 5-2 ???) 74, Lockhart (10-10 ???, 2-3 ???) 58

District 28-5A

Burbank (19-4, 6-0) 54, Edison (7-13, 2-4) 53

Highlands (8-13, 3-3) 63, McCollum (10-11, 2-4) 59

Sam Houston (6-10, 4-3) 68, Harlandale (12-11, 1-5) 56

Brackenridge (9-10, 3-4) 68, Jefferson (8-11, 1-5) 53

District 29-5A

Uvalde (8-11 ???, 1-2) 51, Laredo Martin (6-8 ???, 2-1) 46

Laredo Nixon (13-8 ???, 3-0) 69, Medina Valley (8-10 ???, 1-2) 41

Somerset (11-7, 1-1) at Eagle Pass Winn (3-12 ???, 0-2) (score unavailable)

Laredo Cigarroa (9-5 ???, 2-1) 106, Southside (6-12 ???, 1-2) 65


Laredo St. Augustine (7-16, 1-4) at Cornerstone Christian (10-9 ???, 1-3)  (score unavailable)

San Antonio Christian (24-5, 5-0) 69, Corpus Christi John Paul II (10-10, 3-2) 45

Holy Cross (8-17, 3-3) 78, Victoria St. Joseph (6-11, 0-5) 46


Schertz John Paul II (7-3 ???) 62, Brooks Academy (0-4 ???) 41

South San (17-4) 66, Del Rio (4-9 ???) 48

MacArthur (13-9) 59, East Central (12-9) 43

Fox Tech (9-12 ???) 61, Stockdale (1-6 ???) 55

Central Catholic (14-12) 69, St. Gerard (5-7 ???) 32

Southwest (11-9) 58, Eagle Pass (5-8 ???) 48

Saturday’s games

No games scheduled

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Jan. 10)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 4-10

Monday’s games


Southwest (14-7) 59, Laredo Alexander (8-8) 48

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Kerrville Tivy (16-4 ???, 5-0 ???) 59, Memorial (1-19 ???, 0-6) 10

Alamo Heights (11-5 ???, 5-2) 58, Floresville  (10-12, 5-3) 50

Seguin (10-13, 3-4) 37, Kennedy (5-14 ???, 0-5 ???) 34

San Marcos (20-6, 6-1) 60, Boerne Champion (13-9 ???, 4-3) 36

District 28-5A

Lanier (14-10, 6-2) 52, Harlandale (10-13, 4-3) 49

Highlands (17-9, 7-0) 71, Burbank (9-14, 2-5) 33

Brackenridge (10-15, 5-2) 51, McCollum (1-16, 0-7) 32

Sam Houston (10-7 ???, 5-2) 37, Edison (6-17, 1-6) 28

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (13-2 ???, 4-0) 73, Laredo Martin (4-12 ???, 1-3) 27

Laredo Nixon (11-8 ???, 2-1 ???) at Eagle Pass Winn (0-5 ???, 0-2 ???) (score unavailable)

Southside (13-6, 4-0) 52, Uvalde (2-16 ???, 1-2 ???) 23

Medina Valley (7-11 ???, 2-1 ???) 68, Somerset (4-13, 0-4) 46


Cornerstone Christian (9-10 ??, 3-3) 57, Corpus Christi John Paul II (3-3 ???, 3-3) 43

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (15-9, 5-1) 60, TMI (3-14 ???, 0-6) 16

San Antonio Christian (19-4, 4-1) 58, Providence (1-21, 0-5) 15

Holy Cross (11-9, 3-2) 52, Laredo St. Augustine (10-10 ???, 2-4) 27


Young Women’s Leadership Academy (17-10) 52, Randolph (5-11 ???) 43

Antonian (20-5) 69, South San (10-12) 35

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (20-3, 1-0) 75, South San (10-13, 0-1) 39

East Central (9-11, 1-0) 59, Corpus Christi King (6-16 ???, 0-1) 46

Southwest (15-7, 1-0) 41, Corpus Christi Ray (16-6, 0-1) 38

District 27-5A

Kerrville Tivy (17-4 ???, 6-0 ???) 32, Alamo Heights (11-6 ???, 5-3) 23

Kennedy (6-14, 1-5 ???) 46, Memorial (1-20, 0-7) 15

San Marcos (21-6, 7-1) 81, Lockhart (3-12 ???, 0-5 ???) 15

Boerne Champion (14-9 ???, 5-3) 51, Seguin (10-14 ???, 3-5) 45

District 28-5A

Edison (7-17, 2-6) 53, Burbank (9-15, 2-6) 42

Brackenridge (11-15, 6-2) 74, Jefferson (5-17, 2-6) 51

Highlands (18-9, 8-0) 89, McCollum (1-17, 0-8) 28

Sam Houston (11-7 ???, 6-2) 59, Harlandale (10-14, 4-4) 49

District 29-5A

Somerset (5-13, 1-4) 72, Eagle Pass Winn (0-6 ???, 0-3 ???) 22

Laredo Cigarroa (14-2 ???, 5-0) 59, Southside (13-7, 4-1) 40

Medina Valley  (7-11 ???, 2-1 ???) at Laredo Nixon (11-8 ???, 2-1 ???)  (score unavailable)

Uvalde (3-19???, 1-3 ???) at Laredo Martin  (4-12 ???, 1-3) (score unavailable)

District 26-3A

Marion (13-9, 1-0) 92, Fox Tech (2-20 ???, 0-1) 14

Cole (21-2, 1-0) 71, Brooks Academy (2-4 ???, 0-1) 21

Randolph (6-11 ???, 1-0) 47, Natalia (9-9, 0-1) 38


Cornerstone Christian (10-10 ??, 4-3) 40, Laredo St. Augustine (10-11 ???, 2-5) 35

Victoria St. Joseph (23-5, 6-0) 59, Holy Cross (11-10, 3-3) 44

San Antonio Christian (20-4, 5-1) 55, Corpus Christi John Paul II (3-4 ???, 3-4) 36

TMI  (4-14 ???, 1-6) 29, Providence (1-22, 0-6) 23

Saturday’s games

District 26-3A

Fox Tech (2-20 ???, 0-1) at Cole (21-2, 1-0) (score unavailable)


Young Women’s Leadership Academy (18-10) 56, St. Gerard (9-7 ???) 43