GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Brack’s confidence swells with 2 key 28-5A victories

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Brooks Academy, Burbank, Highlands, Holy Cross, Lanier, Sam Houston, South San, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.


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Brackenridge coach Tamiko Matthews challenged her team at halftime Jan. 2 to do something special.

“It’s not often you get a chance to beat an undefeated,” Matthews informed the Eagles. “If you want it more. We can do this, but you can’t let up for the next two quarters.’ ”

Brackenridge (11-13, 3-3) trailed 19-14 at the time, but rallied in the third quarter to claim a 36-34 victory over Burbank (13-10, 5-1). The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 13-6 in the third quarter after scoring just one point in the second against Burbank’s veteran squad.

Matthews said a 47-44 win over Sam Houston (5-13, 2-4) Dec. 29 boosted her team’s confidence, which was a key element in defeating the determined Hurricanes.

“That’s been the biggest (issue) for my team,” Matthews said. “Last year it was injuries – and we had every kind of injury a team could have. This year, it’s confidence. Especially among the girls that were injured and had to sit out the season last year.

“Being able to overcome it and pull off those wins was great.”

Brackenridge climbed into fifth place with the win. Burbank dropped from a first-place tie with Highlands into second. Sam Houston is tied for sixth place with Edison (9-11, 2-4).

Eagles senior Skyler Reyna led Brackenridge in scoring in both games. Reyna scored 24 points against Burbank, making key free throws in the stretch, and had 19 against Sam Houston.

“I call Skyler the director,” Matthews said. “There are times when my team can look like a beautiful symphony on the court, but it has a lot to do with her. She pulls them all together.”

Matthews said Ciara Ramos also made a big shot to help the Eagles close out the win over Burbank. Antwanisha Riddle and Savannah Cassiano each scored 10 points for the Bulldogs.

“It was definitely a team effort to come together and finish it,” she said. “It was great to win. You can tell Burbank has matured. They have a lot of chemistry and work together as a unit. That’s something my girls are working on.”

Ashley Hernandez scored 13 for the Eagles in what Kerley called a wild game against Sam Houston. Samonica Davis led the Hurricanes with 19. Ashawntae Brown and Christine Goode supplied eight points apiece.

“It was a sloppy game all the way around, being the first game back from the break,” Matthews said. “We had three (consecutive) losses prior to the Sam Houston. I’m extremely proud of the girls, because Burbank was looking really good.”

Young Women’s Leadership Academy 36, Brooks Academy 28

The Cardinals (7-8) defeated Brooks Academy Jan.2 in a non-district game at the Lanier Athletic Center.

YWLA established a 16-11 halftime lead and scored 10 points in each of the last two quarters to defeat the Bengals. Senior Karease Williams led the Cardinals with 19 points.

Brooks Academy received double-digit scoring from both Jovanni Castillo (12 points) and Alyssa Quintanilla (10 points).

Highlands 63, Lanier 39

The Owls (12-10, 6-0) gained sole possession of first place in District 28-5A with a Dec. 29 win over third-place Lanier (13-6, 5-2) and a 63-39 win over Sam Houston Jan. 2. Both games were played at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Senior Aaliyah Prince led Highlands with 30 points. Junior Kiara Pesina added 21 points and Jazmine Jackson chipped in with 15.

Lanier lost despite 34 points from Sabrina Cortinas. Ruby Garza added 11 points.

Against Sam Houston, Highlands led 34-15 at halftime. Prince scored 19, Pesina 16 and Jackson 12. Davis led Sam Houston with 19 points and Josephina Sanchez contributed 13 points.

South San 80, Laredo United South 79

The Bobcats (12-9) edged Laredo United South (10-6) in a non-district game Jan. 2 at Laredo St. Augustine. It was the first game South San had played since Dec. 15.

Sophomore Ilana Sanford led the Bobcats with 21 points. Daniella Coronado (15 points), Rhiannon Gamez (12) and Tayla Trinidad (11) also were key contributors for South San.

Samantha Zamora scored 20 points for United South.

Holy Cross 49, TMI 21

The Knights (14-7, 3-1) smashed the host team in a TAPPS District 4-4A game Jan. 2 at TMI (3-15, 1-4). Individual scoring information about Holy Cross and other game details were unavailable.

BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Three area teams make strong showings in Boerne

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, Lanier, Memorial, Sam Houston.


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The Boerne ISD Tournament is recognized as one of the best around San Antonio, but that didn’t deter three area teams.

In a matchup of two of the area’s best teams, Central Catholic (19-5) defeated East Central (15-5) 52-48 Dec. 29, but the biggest game in the two-day tournament featured another area team. Holy Cross (21-6) beat Boerne Champion (16-4) 75-69 in overtime later in the day.

Central Catholic was undefeated in four tournament games. East Central’s only loss was to Central Catholic. Holy Cross lost only to Wimberley 84-76 in overtime Dec. 29.

Against Champion, Holy Cross outscored the Chargers 13-6 in overtime. The Knights received 35 points from senior Brandon Armstrong. Joe Soto contributed 17 points and Jonathan Bailey scored 11.

Central Catholic, which also defeated Churchill 57-48 Jan. 2, led East Central 29-20 at halftime and withstood a second-half comeback for the win. Senior Robert Elizondo led the Buttons with 15 points. Raul Aguilar and Noah Salinas scored nine apiece. Antonio Rascoe had eight points.

East Central junior K’Von Rice produced a team-best 11 points. Senior Ethan White scored 10.

Central Catholic and Holy Cross won their games Jan. 2.

Holy Cross (4-0 in district) won 72-61 at TMI (9-18, 2-2) to remain undefeated in TAPPS District 4-4A. Armstrong led the Knights with 28 points. Soto scored 16, Bailey 11 and Jason Fernandez 10. LeSean Brown led the Panthers with 36 points.

Central Catholic recorded an impressive home victory 57-48 over Churchill. Elizondo finished with a team-high 21 points. Aguilar supplied 13 points and Rascoe had 11.

Lanier 58, Edison 54 (OT)

The fourth-place Voks (10-11, 3-2) held off a rapidly improving Edison team (4-13, 2-2) for an overtime District 28-5A win Jan. 2 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Lanier trailed 21-20 at halftime, but outscored the Golden Bears 9-5 in overtime for the win. Voks junior center Isaiah Vargas scored 11 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots. Jerry Samudio added 10 points. Brian Laque (6 assists) and Jesus Quintero scored nine points each.

Despite the loss, the Golden Bears occupied fifth place on the strength of wins over Highlands and Harlandale in their first two 28-5A games. Against Lainer, Eddie Esquivel and Antonio Vela each scored 13 points for Edison. Jordan Lopez finished with nine points.

Memorial 56, Floresville 53

The Minutemen (7-9, 2-2) built a 44-34 lead through three quarters and held on to win the District 29-5A game Jan. 2 at Floresville (5-13, 1-4).

Senior Adam Villanueva led the Minutemen with 15 points. Carlos Balderas scored 13 and Josh Pitts chipped in 11.

Sam Houston 75, Highlands 53

The Hurricanes (8-7, 4-1) blasted Highlands (4-14, 0-4) in a District 28-5A game Jan. 2 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Senior Robert Christian led Sam Houston with 21 points. Henry Carter contributed 11 points and Raymonte Prime added nine.

Highlands was led by senior Gerardo Marquez with 30 points. Lawrence Frambs scored nine.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Southside has high hopes under Dalbert’s direction



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Having taken three teams to the state tournament in a 17-year coaching career, first-year Southside coach Shawn Dalbert has high high aspirations for the Cardinals.

Despite losing its first District 29-5A game by a wide-margin, Dalbert thinks Southside (6-11, 0-1) is close to making a breakthrough. The 75-35 loss to Laredo Martin (7-9, 1-0) Jan. 2 at Southside was not a game to judge the Cardinals by. They were missing seven players in the return from Christmas break.

“Our kids play hard, with a passion,” Dalbert said. “They play until the scoreboard clock hits 0:00. I think, in a couple more games, we are just going to turn the corner.”

Those who weren’t available to Dalbert against Martin included five of the team’s top seven scorers. Their less-experienced replacements couldn’t keep pace with the transition-oriented Tigers.

Robert Hernandez (11 points, 5 rebounds), one of the Cardinals’ usual starters, and Charlie Sanchez made free throws for a 2-0 Southside lead. Then Martin scored on three consecutive possessions to take a 6-2 lead with 6:35 left in the first quarter.

Kevin Zamora scored on a rebound, point guard Ricky Reyes (16 points) stole the inbounds pass and converted a layup and Zamora did the same for a scoring flurry that made Dalbert burn a timeout. By the end of the quarter, the Tigers led 28-8.

“It was our aggressiveness on defense,” Laredo Martin coach Hector Noyola Jr. said. “We were able to score off our defensive pressure. We forced a lot of turnovers.”

Alexander Regalado contributed eight points for the Cardinals, including a three-point basket that brought them within 44-13 at halftime.

Although Southside has yet to get on a roll, the Cardinals have been increasingly competitive, as evidenced by a 64-58 to one of the area’s hottest teams, Holy Cross, Dec. 4. They split a pair of games in the Starr Realty and Ranch Christmas Classic Dec. 28-29 at Uvalde.

The missing Jan. 2 included Alex Rangel, who is Southside’s scoring leader with a 15.9 points per game average. Hernandez is second with a 13.5 average. Rogelio Diaz (9.8) is out with an injury, but is expected to return within the next two weeks.

Dalbert has coached Class 3A Whitewright to two state tournament appearances and Roxton to the 1A Division 2 title in 2013. He and Southside assistant Willis Stewart have coached together for the last 12 years. Dalbert coached with Southside football coach/athletic coordinator Ricky Lock at Gonzales.

“We love our five seniors and we want to make sure they finish their careers in style, by making the playoffs,” Dalbert said. “There’s a state tournament here in San Antonio, and in the next couple of years, we want to be playing there.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL: McCollum holds off Jefferson to notch first 28-5A win

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Jefferson, McCollum.


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When their game began Jan. 2, McCollum demonstrated its desire to pick up the thing that both itself and Jefferson lacked.

The Cowboys (2-16, 1-5) doubled the score on the Mustangs (4-17, 0-7) in the first quarter, snaring a 12-6 lead. McCollum built on that advantage until the fourth quarter, when it had to fend off a 17-point effort from Jefferson to win its first District 28-5A game, 46-39.

“They stepped up,” Jefferson coach Greg McWilliams said of McCollum. “They knew it was a big game for them and they responded well. They played with a lot of energy.”

McCollum established a 43-26 lead with 5:56 remaining when sophomore Elany Guerra nailed a three-point basket from the left wing off an assist from her sister, Emalye Guerra.

“It was very good,” first-year Cowboys coach Rudy Fernandez said of the win. “I’m very happy for the girls. They showed a lot of fight, and they kept fighting to the end. We tend to play in spurts.

“I try to play a lot of girls. They push each other and they played with a lot of energy today.”

Jefferson junior Victoria Morin (11 points) made a short jumper and Kasey Torres (10 points) sank a pair of free throws to close within 43-30. Elany Guerra (20 points) answered with another three-pointer, this time from the top of the key, to give the Cowboys the cushion they needed.

“Elany did a good job today,” Fernandez said. “She was making some big threes. She also played well off the ball on defense.”

The Mustangs’ Joslyn Avila (10 points) scored four consecutive points entering the game’s final minute. She nailed each free throw resulting from back-to-back steals in a trapping defense, helping Jefferson to reduce its deficit to 46-37.

“She is very deceptive,” McWilliams said. “Joslyn has quick hands.”

Jefferson senior Breanna Sifuentes closed the scoring with a long jumper. Ashley Campos contributed eight points for McCollum.

“Jefferson has a lot of size, compared to us,” Fernandez said. “We didn’t want them getting the offensive rebound and passing out. We tried to get the tempo going. They like to set up in a zone and try to create a lot of turnovers.”

Typical of the area’s Jan. 2 games, neither team was at full strength.

Jefferson was missing five players, including senior leader Angela Hardcastle. McCollum was without one starter and a key reserve.

“I thought we had a lot of kids step up and do good things today,” McWilliams said. “We had several key contributors. Joslyn was not feeling real good, but she played the whole 32 minutes. At one point in the fourth quarter, we were down 17. Even though things weren’t going our way, we kept pushing forward and that’s something the girls can be proud of.”

Area basketball fans may remember McWilliams from his very successful stint at Floresville, from 2000 to 2011. Jefferson hired him before the season after three years at San Angelo Central.

Although the Mustangs still are seeking their first district win, they have shown signs of growth throughout a season that began with few experienced players.

“We’re going to keep focusing and pushing forward,” he said. “I really like what we’re doing. These kids haven’t had a lot of wins, but we’re going to keep working until we get the breaks we need to turn things around.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Jan. 6)

Through January 6


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Central Catholic – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Jefferson – 3

4. Sam Houston – 4

5. South San – 6

6. Brackenridge – 5

7. Holy Cross – 7

8. Lanier – 8

9. McCollum – 9

10. Memorial – 10

11. Southwest – 12

12. Burbank – 11

13. Harlandale – 13

14. Kennedy – 14

15. Edison – 15

NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Jan. 6)

Through January 6


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Southwest – 1

2. Highlands – 3

3. East Central – 4

4. South San – 2

5. Lanier – 7

6. Southside – 6

7. Burbank – 5

8. Holy Cross – 9

9. Brackenridge – 10

10. Harlandale – 8

11. Sam Houston – 13

12. Edison – 11

13. Kennedy – 12

14. Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 15

15. Jefferson – 14


NR = not ranked

BOYS BASKETBALL: Fox Tech building confidence for another run at postseason



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The benefit of playing better teams is that they’ll let you know what your team needs to improve on.

Navarro (12-2) was willing to show Fox Tech (9-12) what it needed to concentrate on in practice when they played a non-district game Dec. 21. The dilemma was that UIL regulations didn’t allow the Buffaloes to practice following the 66-40 loss.

The game was played just before UIL rules mandated a five-day non-contact period, during which teams could neither play games nor practice.

“We’re young, but we’re playing really well,” seventh-year Fox Tech coach Kellen Morgan said. “That Navarro team is just good. They’ve beaten everybody in our district. I told our kids we had a chance to see how we stack up against the best teams in our district.”

The Buffaloes return just three players from their 2014-15 team which tied for fourth place in District 26-3A, but lost a tiebreaker game that would have qualified Fox Tech for the postseason for the first time since 2010. Morgan thinks his team could be capable of taking that additional step this season with eight upperclassmen on the roster.

Fox Tech showed its best prolonged display of its potential at the Lee Academy Tournament Dec. 11-12.

“We played really, really well,” Morgan said. “The guys grew up and got their confidence up. They came out flat today.”

Against Navarro, Fox Tech wasn’t able to get off to the kind of start that propelled it to a 55-49 upset win over Southside (3-9) in its previous game, Dec. 15. In that contest, the Buffaloes scored the first 14 points and fended off the Cardinals in the fourth quarter.

Navarro jumped out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter, making four 3-point shots (two by Isaiha Grant).

“Our defense gave them a little difficulty,” Panthers coach Jim Weaver said. “We got up on them right away and we were able to keep the tempo up.”

The Panthers had advantages in size, strength and experience. They opened a 37-8 lead with 2:20 until halftime. Junior returnee Roger McCracken (14 points) drove for a couple of baskets and Cesar Perez scored off a drive to bring Fox Tech within 43-14 at halftime.

A basket from Fox Tech sophomore Angel Gonzalez (15 points) and a three-point shot from senior Mikin Bhakta accounted for the first five points of the second half. Three-pointers from Bhakta and McCracken kept the Panthers’ lead from growing in the fourth quarter. Gonzalez knocked down a layup off an inbounds pass from McCracken to make it 62-38 with 2:07 left.

“I was proud of the effort in the second half,” Morgan said. “Everybody pulled their weight. It could have been an 80-30 game if we hadn’t done that. We’ll keep working and getting better.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: East Central upsets Region IV champion Timberwolves



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East Central (12-4) notched the biggest victory of Christmas week and arguably the area’s biggest win this season, felling defending Region IV champion Cedar Park 84-75 Dec. 22 at East Central.

The Hornets dominated the opening quarter, building a 28-14 lead and maintained a 16-point advantage on the Timberwolves at halftime.

“Rashard Smith made four 3-pointers in the first half,” East Central coach Jeff Sweet said of Cedar Park. “The way we shared and shot the ball, we were hard to defend.”

6-foot-5 major-college recruit Keaton Hervey set a Cedar Park school record with 44 points in the loss. East Central, though, never surrendered the lead, despite seeing it dwindle to 74-69 on a free throw from Hervey with 3:17 remaining. Hornets senior guard Ethan White responded with a fast-break layup that became a three-point play.

White (24 points) added two more free throws with 58.9 seconds remaining to give East Central a 79-69 lead. The senior made eight of 12 foul shots in the game and corralled six rebounds.

“When it got a little tough,” Sweet said, “he was able to step his game up and score.”

Smith finished with 13 points, including the four 3-pointers. Tony Moffett and Marquez Hamilton (4 steals) scored 11 points each. K’Von Rice had a team-high five assists and three steals.

The Cedar Park win joined victories over Johnson, Brennan, Reagan and O’Connor as the Hornets continued to build an impressive resume.

“I’d like to see these guys get some recognition,” Sweet said, “as one of the better teams in the city.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Brackenridge connection guides Antonian to win over Hornets



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Two coaches known for turning Brackenridge into a Class 4A basketball power made a triumphant return to the area Dec. 22.

Former Eagles girls basketball coach Patrick Harvey and ex-Brack boys coach Ed Hooi – now Harvey’s assistant – brought their Antonian team to the Stan Bonewitz Center at East Central Dec. 22. The Apaches (20-3), No. 10 in the Express-News area rankings, led the last 27 minutes on the way to a 61-44 win over the host Hornets (9-9).

“They play the way I want us to play,” East Central coach Ian Ward said. “They play as a team, like nobody else in San Antonio.”

Ward, a former St Mary’s University men’s basketball player and assistant coach, is in his first year at East Central. He coached at Laredo United the last four years.

“I want my kids to be college-ready,” he said. “If we run it, it has been tried and tested. It’s a free-flowing offense. We can only hope to be as fluid (as Antonian).”

Harvey is in his first year at Antonian after coaching three years at CASA following his stint at Brackenridge. He said he simply asked Hooi, who last coached the Eagles five years ago, if he wanted to coach again.

Antonian had lost three of its previous five games before the non-district contest.

“I think we’re out of our little funk,” Harvey said. “We hadn’t been playing three or four quarters very well, but they played a full game tonight.”

East Central led briefly and the score was tied three times in the first five minutes. A three-point basket from Brianna Ford tied it 4-4. Junior point guard Brittany Rodgers (14 points, 5 assists) tied it again with a three-point play and gave the Hornets an 11-9 with 3:17 left in the first quarter.

Antonian scored the next 16 points until East Central 6-foot-2 sophomore Nalyssa Smith (16 points, 11 rebounds) scored on an assist from Rodgers with 6:31 until halftime.

“Brittany kept fighting to the very end,” Ward said. “She played all 32 minutes and she’s done that numerous times. She has definitely bought into what we’re doing.”

The Hornets closed within 34-22 at halftime, but a three-pointer from Antonian junior Bailey Boyle (20 points) began a 9-2 run. Boyle made consecutive three-pointers that put the game out of East Central’s reach after a pair of free throws from Smith made it 50-37 with 3:45 remaining.

“When Bailey makes one (3-pointer),” Harvey said, “she usually makes two or three.”

Rodgers and Smith each scored six points for the Hornets in the fourth quarter. The Apaches received 17 points from Sandy Ramirez and 11 from Brittany Parker.

The teams were scheduled to meet again Dec. 29 in the Boerne ISD Tournament.

“I’m glad we get a chance to play them again,” Ward said. “We can use that as a measuring stick to see how much progress we’ve made.”

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.


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.


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: This week’s results (thru Jan. 9)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 39

Monday’s games


Southwest (15-7) 57, Laredo Alexander (19-6) 46

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Floresville (19-3, 8-0) 49, Alamo Heights (9-12, 3-4) 40

Kerrville Tivy (14-8, 5-2) 68, Memorial (1-19, 0-7) 22

San Marcos (10-7, 5-2) 48, Boerne Champion (14-8, 4-3) 44

Seguin (16-9, 5-2) 55, Kennedy (7-13 ???, 0-6 ???) 39

District 28-5A

Highlands (13-10, 7-0) 51, Burbank (13-11, 5-2) 48

Lanier (14-6, 6-2) 71, Harlandale (10-11, 4-3) 59

Brackenridge (12-13, 4-3) 53, McCollum (2-17, 1-6) 22

Sam Houston (7-13, 3-4) 60, Edison (9-12, 2-5) 48

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon (13-12, 2-2) 66, Eagle Pass Winn (0-9 ???, 0-4) 17

Laredo Cigarroa (21-6, 4-0) 44, Laredo Martin (15-11, 2-2) 33

Medina Valley (6-15, 3-1) 37, Somerset (4-11, 0-4) 35

Southside (14-7, 4-0) 38, Uvalde (4-16, 1-3) 28


Holy Cross (15-7, 5-1) 51, Laredo St. Augustine (3-14, 1-5) 13

San Antonio Christian (17-8, 3-2) 57, Providence (3-18, 0-5) 29

Corpus Christi John Paul II (7-11 ???, 4-1) 31, Cornerstone Christian (7-21, 0-5) 26

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (17-3, 5-1) 59, TMI (3-16, 1-5) 32


Fox Tech (6-12 ???) 48, St. Gerard (3-11 ???) 35

Dilley (2-8) 58, Brooks Academy (5-4 ???) 52

Randolph (3-10 ???) 49, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (7-10 ???) 45

Antonian (26-3) 75, South San (12-10) 44

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (15-4 ???, 1-0) 85, South San (12-11, 0-1) 56

Southwest (16-7, 1-0) 65, Corpus Christi Ray (14-10, 0-1) 36

East Central (13-10, 1-0) 63, Corpus Christi King (2-12 ???, 0-1) 34

District 27-5A

Seguin (17-9, 6-2) 73, Boerne Champion (14-9, 4-4) 58

Kennedy (8-13 ???, 1-6 ???) 47, Memorial (1-20, 0-8) 35

Kerrville Tivy (15-8, 6-2) 47, Alamo Heights (9-13, 3-5) 34

San Marcos (11-7, 6-2) 43, Lockhart (3-13 ???, 1-6 ???) 20

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (13-13, 5-3) 56, Jefferson (4-18, 0-8) 40

Burbank (14-11, 6-2) 71, Edison (9-13, 2-6) 43

Highlands (14-10, 8-0) 51, McCollum (2-18, 1-7) 29

Harlandale (11-11, 5-3) 43, Sam Houston (7-14, 3-5) 34

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin (16-11, 3-2) 60, Uvalde (4-17, 1-4) 36

Laredo Nixon (14-12, 3-2) 63, Medina Valley (6-16, 3-2) 58

Somerset (4-11, 0-4) at Eagle Pass Winn (0-9 ???, 0-4) (score unavailable)

Laredo Cigarroa (22-6, 5-0) 63, Southside (14-8, 4-1) 38

District 26-3A

Cole (23-3, 1-0) 69, Brooks Academy (5-5 ???, 0-1) 11

Marion (16-7 ???, 1-0) 91, Fox Tech (6-13, 0-1) 39

Natalia (14-6, 1-0) 63, Randolph (3-11 ???, 0-1) 48


Cornerstone Christian (8-21, 1-5) 38, Laredo St. Augustine (3-15, 1-6) 22

San Antonio Christian (17-8, 3-2) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (7-11 ???, 4-1) (score unavailable)

TMI (4-16, 2-5) 40, Providence (3-19, 0-6) 33


Young Women’s Leadership Academy (8-10 ???) 63, St. Gerard (3-12) 41

Saturday’s games


Victoria St. Joseph (21-4, 6-0) 75, Holy Cross (15-8, 5-2) 35

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Jan. 9)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 39

Monday’s games

No games scheduled

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

San Marcos (13-8, 4-2) 66, Boerne Champion (16-5, 2-3) 61 (OT)

Alamo Heights (9-7, 5-0) 65, Floresville (5-14, 1-5) 52

Seguin (7-14, 4-2) 77, Kennedy (4-15 ???, 0-5) 68

Kerrville Tivy (13-5 ???, 4-1) 69, Memorial (7-10, 2-3) 61

District 28-5A

Highlands (5-14, 1-4) 50, Burbank (10-12, 0-5) 42

Lanier (11-11, 4-2) 53, Harlandale (6-14, 1-4) 52

McCollum (13-8, 2-3) 64, Brackenridge (14-7, 4-2) 63

Sam Houston (9-7, 5-1) 69, Edison (4-12, 2-3) 54

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin (8-9, 2-0) 61, Laredo Cigarroa (4-8 ???, 0-2) 51

Laredo Nixon (14-7, 2-0) 86, Eagle Pass Winn (2-6 ???, 1-1) 39

Somerset (9-6, 1-1) 69, Medina Valley (8-9, 0-2) 29

Uvalde (9-9, 2-0) 72, Southside (4-13 ???, 0-2) 69


TMI (10-18, 3-2) 85, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (13-10, 2-3) 80 (OT)

Holy Cross (22-6, 5-0) 58, Laredo St. Augustine (13-12, 4-1) 44

Cornerstone Christian (8-7, 2-2) 64, Corpus Christi John Paul II (8-4 ???, 0-3) 55


Lee Academy (16-1) 104, Brooks Academy (0-7 ???) 42

Southwest (10-10) 47, Del Rio (3-11 ???) 45

Central Catholic (20-5) 66, Fredericksburg (7-6 ???) 45

South San (10-5) 68, Eagle Pass (11-10) 45

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games


Boerne Geneva (11-3 ???, 1-0) 62, Giddings State School (0-1 ???, 0-1) 28

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (10-7, 6-0) 48, Kerrville Tivy (13-6 ???, 4-2) 43

Memorial (8-10, 3-3) 61, Kennedy (4-16 ???, 0-6) 51

San Marcos (14-8, 5-2) 71, Lockhart (8-11, 2-4) 41

Boerne Champion (17-5, 3-3) 69, Seguin (7-15, 4-3) 55

District 28-5A

Harlandale (7-14, 2-4) 72, Sam Houston (9-8, 5-2) 68

Highlands (6-14, 2-4), 41, McCollum (13-9, 2-4) 38

Jefferson (15-5, 6-0) 69, Brackenridge (14-8, 4-3) 65 (4 OT)

Burbank (11-12, 1-5) 61, Edison (4-13, 2-4) 42

District 29-5A

Somerset (10-6, 2-1) 65, Eagle Pass Winn (2-7 ???, 1-2) 59

Laredo Cigarroa (5-8 ???, 1-2) 65, Southside (4-14 ???, 0-3) 61

Laredo Nixon (15-7, 3-0) 85, Medina Valley (8-10, 0-3) 40

Laredo Martin (9-9, 3-0) 90, Uvalde (9-10, 2-1) 56


Cornerstone Christian (9-7, 3-2) 68, Laredo St. Augustine (13-13, 4-2) 66 (OT)

San Antonio Christian (6-20, 2-2) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (8-4 ???, 0-3) (score unavailable)


Central Catholic (21-5) 66, Carrizo Springs (4-13) 28

Schertz John Paul II 54, Brooks Academy (0-8 ???) 45

East Central (16-5 ???) 72, MacArthur (12-10) 67

Southwest (11-10) 57,  Eagle Pass (11-11) 50

Stockdale (11-8) 72, Fox Tech (9-14) 66 (OT)

Saturday’s games


Holy Cross (23-6, 6-0) 72, Victoria St. Joseph (5-7 ???, 0-5) 52


South San (11-5) 40,  Del Rio (3-12 ???) 37