GIRLS BASKETBALL: Sam Houston makes statement with pair of decisive wins

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

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The first ingredient in the accepted playoff recipe is to beat the teams below you in the standings.

Sam Houston (6-11, 2-2) showed that it has the wherewithal to reach coach Marchae Kthe eno’s goal of returning to the postseason recently. The Hurricanes stomped McCollum (1-15, 0-5) 42-22 Dec. 15 and Jefferson (4-15, 0-5) 48-24 Dec. 18.

“I guess there’s a little more chemistry,” said Keno, who was an interim coach last season following the untimely death of her mentor, . “We’ve got about six sophomores and they’re coming up to speed. They’ve adjusted and they’re a little more settled now.”

Sam Houston advanced to the championship game of the Edgewood ISD Tournament Dec. 5 before falling 44-29 to Lee. The Hurricanes have won five of their last eight games.

“It has been touch and go, trying to keep the intensity up,” Keno said. “We’re trying to focus on winning each quarter.”

At McCollum, not only did the Hurricanes outscore the Cowboys in each quarter. They held their hosts scoreless in the second quarter while building a 21-6 advantage.

“I think the defensive pressure turned up for us,” Keno said. “We try to keep pressure on teams. I thought that game worked out well for us.”

She said the defense has fueled the offense thus far.

The Hurricanes’ scoring leader against the Cowboys was senior Samonica Davis with 17 points. Davis is from a military family, Keno said, and transferred from Grand Forks, North Dakota this year.

“Samonica is our go-to player so far,” Keno said. “Our scoring has to improve. That’s one of the things we’re focused on.”

Against Jefferson at Lanier Athletic Center, Sam Houston had better scoring balance. Six-foot-2 sophomore Ashawntae Brown led the Hurricanes with 13 points, as they outscored the Mustangs in each quarter. Ariyan Mondy pitched in 11 points. Davis scored 10 and Faith Hights finished with eight.

“(Playoffs) are always the goal,” Keno said. “There’s a couple of games I know we have to take care of, a couple of teams we lost to. We need to come back and beat them.”

Highlands 78, Harlandale 74 (OT)

The Owls (11-8, 5-0) edged Harlandale (9-10, 3-2) Dec. 18 to hold onto a share of second place in District 28-5A. Highlands also defeated Edison (9-9, 2-2) 83-54 Dec. 15 at Lanier.

Against Harlandale, the Indians climbed back from a 34-27 halftime deficit. Junior Kiara Pesina and senior Aaliyah led Highlands with 26 and 23 points, respectively. Jazmine Jackson scored 12 points.

Kayla Nunez led Harlandale with 25 points. Justyne Perez supplied 17 points and Deanna Chavaria added 10.

In the Edison game, Prince finished with 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Pesina also had a big outing with 23 points and five assists. Alyssa Rivera (14 points) and Judilynn Mayorga (13) were Edison’s scoring leaders.

South San 66, Eagle Pass 20

The Bobcats (11-9) shelled Eagle Pass (0-10) in their last scheduled game of 2015 Dec. 15 at South San.

South San sophomore Ilana Sanford recorded a career high with 32 points. Sanford, who made three 3-point shots, grabbed six steals and five rebounds. Rhiannon Gomez and Katherine Dimas scored nine points apiece. Each dealt three assists.

Saraya Sierra pulled down six rebounds and blocked three shots for the Bobcats.

Lanier 68, Brackenridge 63

Sabrina Cortinas scored 30 points, leading the Voks (12-5, 4-1) to a District 28-5A win over Brackenridge (9-13, 1-3) Dec. 18 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Freshman Marissa Martinez added 12 points and Ruby Garza scored 9.

Skyler Reyna led the Eagles with 29 points, 19 rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Ashley Hernandez scored 15 points. Ciara Ramos grabbed 16 rebounds and Jasmin Gutierrez claimed 15 for Brackenridge.

Burbank 42, McCollum 20

The Bulldogs (12-9, 4-0) built a 24-8 halftime lead and rolled to a District 28-5A win against McCollum (1-15 ???, 0-5) Dec. 18 at Burbank.

Junior Cory Sepulveda led Burbank with 12 points and Jovana Cabello chipped in 11. Antwanisha Riddle added seven points.

McCollum was paced by sophomore Elany Guerra with seven points.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Brackenridge retains share of 28-5A lead despite close calls

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Harlandale.

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For three quarters of Brackenridge’s Dec. 15 District 28-5A game at Harlandale, Eagles coach Joey Isaac could understand how Ebeneezer Scrooge felt on Christmas eve.

The scenes just kept getting worse, until the fourth quarter. Then the Eagles (13-5, 3-0) erupted for 38 points and overtook the Indians (6-12, 1-2) for an 88-81 victory that left Isaac feeling like Scrooge on Christmas Day.

“Only a group of seniors can do that,” Isaac said. “This is a group of guys I’ve had for three years now. They turned up the energy. I told them (Harlandale) had to stop making (three-pointers) sometime.”

Brackenridge, which shared first place with Jefferson (12-5, 3-0), outscored Harlandale 38-12 in the fourth quarter for the comeback win. The Indians made 14 3-point baskets, but none in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles also came from behind Dec. 18 to edge Lanier (8-11, 1-2) 70-69 at the Alamo Convocation Center. It was Brackenridge’s first win over the Voks in Isaac’s five years as coach.

“It was kind of stressful, but I’m glad we came out on top,” Isaac said. “We’ve been to overtime five times and it looked like it’d go down to the wire at the end. Jalen (Davis), Wally (Richard Wallace) and Guillermo (Quinones) stepped up and had great fourth quarters.”

Davis scored 24, Wallace 22 and Quinones 16 against Harlandale. Louis Ramos came off the bench to add 15 points. Harlandale was led by sophomore Rene Palomino with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Ryan Blanquiz hit four 3-pointers and finished with 15. Chris Perez produced 12 points.

“We did a good job of sharing the ball and not worrying whether they took the shot or not,” Harlandale coach Chris Adamek said. “I’m really proud of them. It was a fantastic ballgame. (Brackenridge) has a fantastic team.”

The Indians led 70-50 with 6:44 remaining when Blanquiz split two free throws. Brackenridge’s surge began when it applied full-court pressure, spearheaded by senior Jonathan King and Quinones. The Eagles finished the game on a 26-3 run, taking the lead on a steal and layup from Quinones with 1:55 remaining.

“It was our hustle and intensity that won it,” Quinones said. “We just stuck with it, even when we were down 20 in the fourth quarter.”

Harlandale recovered to defeat Highlands (4-12, 0-2) 67-65 Dec. 18. Blanquiz scored 18 points, Perez 17 and Palomino 14 as the Indians outscored the Owls 24-18 in the fourth quarter to claim the win.

Armando Ferguson led Highlands with 17 points. Gerardo Marquez supplied 16.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southside pulls away from Nixon to win 29-5A opener

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Southside.

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As a senior leader, Mayra Sendejo knows what to do when Southside needs an infusion of energy.

“If anything, I want to take it (to the basket),” Sendejo said. “If I don’t have a shot, I’ll kick it out. I know they’re good shooters.”

Sendejo made a concerted effort to grab defensive rebounds during the second half Dec. 18 at Southside and dribble the length of the court to spur activity in her fellow Cardinals. When Sendejo wasn’t able to score or get to the foul line, she was able to find teammates Marcy Lopez and Allie Herrera open for three-point shots. Those are the shooters she referred to.

Her efforts helped Southside (11-7, 1-0) rally with a 9-2 spurt after Laredo Nixon (11-11, 0-1) pulled within five points in the District 29-5A opener for both teams. The Cardinals won 55-44.

“They hit some big shots,” Laredo Nixon coach LeaAnn Mendoza said. “We lost composure.”

Sendejo led the Cardinals with 13 points, scoring seven in the second half. Herrera scored 11 points. Lopez and sophomore Klarissa Quintana each finished with 10.

“Mayra is our heartbeat,” Southside coach Jessica Macias-Cardenas said. “In the third quarter, every time we were kind of crumbling, she was communicating and getting us to focus. She does anything and everything for us.”

Southside hadn’t played since Dec. 8 when it absorbed a 65-21 loss to Taft, which is No. 4 in the Express-News area rankings.

The Cardinals led 22-17 at halftime behind nine points from Quintana. They expanded the lead to 10 little more than three minutes into the second half when post Cassandra Aguilar corralled an offensive rebound and passed to Herrera for a three-pointer.

“Cassandra came up with about eight blocks,” Macias-Cardenas said. “She was our defensive player of the year last year. Without her on the court, we’re a different team.”

The Mustangs, who finished third in 29-5A last year, received five quick points from Jenny Pena (18 points) to spark an 11-4 run. The tipping point for Southside was a four-point possession with 6:11 remaining.

Sendejo made a free throw for a 40-34 lead. She missed the second foul shot, but Southside’s Adrianna Escamilla was in place for the rebound and passed to Lopez. The sophomore was fouled on a three-point attempt and made each free throw. Quintana followed with a three-point basket.

Lopez has replaced fellow sophomore Desirae Arocha. Arocha was Southside’s leading scorer last year, when the Cardinals were the 29-5A runner-up, but is lost for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

“She’s stepped up a lot, coming from the JV,” Sendejo said. “She takes some of the pressure off without Desi.”

With 31.2 seconds left, Lopez sealed the win with two more free throws.

“Nixon’s always tough,” Sendejo said. “It’s a huge start. We can get on top of the district, so that’s always good.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Dec. 16)

Through December 16

 

TOP 15:

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Central Catholic – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Sam Houston – 3

4. Brackenridge – 4

5. South San – 5

6. Jefferson – 6

7. Lanier – 7

8. Holy Cross – 8

9. McCollum – 9

10. Burbank – 10

11. Southwest – 11

12. Memorial – 13

13. Harlandale – 12

14. Kennedy – 15

15. Edison – NR

 

NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Dec. 16)

Through December 16

 

TOP 15:

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Southwest – 1

2. South San – 3

3. East Central – 2

4. Highlands – 4

5. Burbank – 6

6. Lanier – 5

7. Southside – 7

8. Harlandale – 8

9. Holy Cross – 9

10. Brackenridge – 10

11. Kennedy – 12

12. Edison – 11

13. Sam Houston – 13

14. Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 14

15. Brooks Academy – 15

 

NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Dec. 19)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 13-19

Monday’s games

No games scheduled

 

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Floresville (15-3, 4-0) 55, Lockhart (3-7 ???, 1-3) 15

Kerrville Tivy (11-7, 2-1) 40, Boerne Champion (9-6, 2-2) 33

San Marcos (8-5, 3-0) 59, Alamo Heights (8-9, 2-2) 44

Seguin (13-8, 2-1) 83, Memorial (1-14, 0-4) 19

District 28-5A

Lanier (11-5, 3-1) 66, Jefferson (4-14, 0-4) 36

Sam Houston (5-11, 1-2) 42, McCollum (1-14 ???, 0-4) 22

Highlands (10-8, 4-0) 83, Edison (8-9, 2-2) 54

Harlandale (9-9, 3-1) 54, Brackenridge (9-12, 1-2) 46

Non-district

Center Point (9-4) 64, Fox Tech (2-9 ???) 21

Burbank (11-9) 41, Jourdanton (4-6 ???) 26

Randolph (2-10 ???) 36, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (5-7 ???) 34

Lee Academy (1-4 ???) at Brooks Academy (4-0 ???) (score unavailable)

Smithson Valley (10-6) 60, Southwest (11-6) 54

Clemens (17-4) 43, East Central (8-8) 40

South San (11-9) 66, Eagle Pass (0-10) 20

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

Non-district

Brooks Academy (4-0 ???) at McMullen County (2-1 ???) (score unavailable)

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Seguin (14-8, 3-1) 89, Alamo Heights (8-10, 2-3) 46

Floresville (16-3, 5-0) 58, San Marcos (8-6, 3-1) 41

Boerne Champion (10-6, 3-2) 67, Kennedy (7-10 ???, 0-4) 45

Kerrville Tivy (12-7, 3-1) 55, Lockhart (3-8 ???, 1-4) 22

District 28-5A

Lanier (12-5, 4-1) 68, Brackenridge (9-13, 1-3) 63

Highlands (11-8, 5-0) 78, Harlandale  (9-10, 3-2) 74 (OT)

Burbank  (12-9, 4-0) 42, McCollum (1-15 ???, 0-5) 20

Sam Houston (6-11, 2-2) 48, Jefferson (4-15, 0-5) 24

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (18-6, 1-0) 64, Medina Valley (3-15, 0-1) 50

Uvalde (4-13, 1-0) 48, Eagle Pass Winn (0-5 ???, 0-1) 28

Laredo Martin (14-9, 1-0) 67, Somerset (4-7, 0-1) 58

Southside (11-7, 1-0) 55, Laredo Nixon (11-11, 0-1) 44

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph (14-3, 4-0) 63, Cornerstone Christian (4-9, 0-3) 17

Corpus Christi John Paul II (5-9, 3-1) 54, TMI (3-14, 1-3) 33

Non-district

East Central (9-8) 69, Memorial (1-15) 24

Fox Tech (3-9 ???) 42, Lee Academy (1-5 ???) 33

Edison (9-9) 46, Pleasanton (3-7) 39

Saturday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (16-2, 4-0) 69, Providence (3-16, 0-3) 31

Non-district

Holy Cross (13-6) 44, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (5-8 ???) 25

 

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Dec. 19)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 13-19

Monday’s games

Non-district

Lee Academy (7-1 ???) at St. Gerard (0-2 ???) (score unavailable)

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Lockhart (7-8, 1-1) 64, Floresville (5-10, 1-1) 57

Kerrville Tivy (9-3 ???, 1-0) 63, Boerne Champion (11-3, 0-2) 47

Seguin (5-12, 2-0) 73, Memorial (6-8 ???, 1-1) 66

Alamo Heights (5-6 ???, 2-0) 73, San Marcos (5-5 ???, 0-2) 62

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (12-5, 2-0) 88, Harlandale (5-12, 0-2) 81

Jefferson (11-5, 2-0 ???) 57, Lanier (8-10, 1-1) 49

Sam Houston (6-6, 2-0) 91, McCollum (11-7, 0-2) 73

Edison (3-10, 1-1) 53, Highlands (4-11 ???, 0-1)  48

Non-district

Devine (6-3 ???) 66, Brooks Academy (0-2 ???) 32

East Central (10-4 ???) 77, O’Connor (10-7) 61

Fox Tech (6-8) 55, Southside (3-9 ???) 49

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

Non-district

Cotulla Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Fox Tech (6-8). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (12-3, 1-2) 88, Kennedy (4-12 ???, 0-2) 44

Kerrville Tivy (10-3 ???, 2-0) 73, Lockhart (7-9, 1-2) 46

San Marcos (6-5 ???, 1-2) 58, Floresville (5-11, 1-2) 51

Alamo Heights (6-6 ???, 3-0) 79, Seguin (5-13, 2-1) 68

District 28-5A

McCollum (12-7, 1-2) 54, Burbank (5-9 ???, 0-2) 45

Brackenridge (13-5 ???, 3-0) 70, Lanier (8-11, 1-2) 69

Harlandale (6-12, 1-2) 67, Highlands (4-12 ???, 0-2) 65

Jefferson (12-5 ???, 3-0) 74, Sam Houston (6-7, 2-1) 62

TAPPS 4-4A

Laredo St. Augustine (12-10, 4-0) 70, San Antonio Christian (4-10, 1-2) 35

TMI (6-15, 2-1) 61, Corpus Christi John Paul II (8-4, 0-3) 46

Cornerstone Christian (7-6, 1-1) 74, Victoria St. Joseph (5-5 ???, 0-3) 30

Non-district

Holy Cross (16-5) 70, Antonian (16-7) 62

Johnson (12-7) 75, Edison (3-11) 47

Taft (2-16) 56, Southwest (7-6) 38

South San (8-5) 52, New Braunfels Canyon (8-6) 51 (OT)

East Central (11-4 ???) 98, Lee (5-9 ???) 74

Brandeis (17-0) 53, Central Catholic (13-5) 42

Cotulla Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Fox Tech (6-8). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Saturday’s games

Non-district

Central Catholic (14-5) 60, Houston Northland Christian (8-10) 33

Cotulla Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Fox Tech (6-8). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

BOYS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Dec. 12)

Through December 12

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Central Catholic – 2

2. East Central – 1

3. Sam Houston – 5

4. Brackenridge – 3

5. South San – 4

6. Jefferson – 7

7. Lanier – 9

8. Holy Cross – 8

9. McCollum – 6

10. Burbank – 10

11. Southwest – 11

12. Harlandale – 12

13. Memorial – 15

14. Highlands – 11

15. Kennedy – NR

 

NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Dec. 12)

Through December 12

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Southwest – 1

2. East Central – 4

3. South San – 3

4. Highlands – 5

5. Lanier – 2

6. Burbank – 8

7. Southside – 6

8. Harlandale – 10

9. Holy Cross – 9

10. Brackenridge – 11

11. Edison – 7

12. Kennedy – 12

13. Sam Houston – 13

14. Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 14

15. Brooks Academy – 15

 

NR = not ranked