Seguin girls rally past Alamo Heights, end five-game slide
(Seguin) – Seguin improved its position in the District 26-5A girls basketball race and snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday by rallying from an early 12-point deficit to outlast Alamo Heights 42-38 at Goldie Harris Gym.
The offensive struggles that plagued the Matadors in five straight double-digit losses continued into the first quarter of Tuesday’s game. Seguin managed just one field goal and four free throws in the opening frame, and trailed 18-6 at the end of the period.
The Mats finally came to life in the second quarter and strung together an 18-7 run to pull within a single point, 25-24, with 8.8 seconds left in the half. Alamo Heights point guard Maylina Hudock banked in a running three at the buzzer to give the Mules at 28-24 cushion at the intermission.
Seguin claimed its first lead of the game, 31-30, on a Desiray Rodriguez layup in the third quarter. The Mats built a four-point lead at one juncture and won the period 14-8 to take a two-point cushion, 38-36, into the fourth quarter.
Both teams went scoreless for more than six minutes the final period, but Klara Carter’s short jumper off the glass broke the drought to put the Mats up by four with 1:22 remaining. Elizabeth Guera answered with a driving layup for Alamo Heights to make it 40-38, and Desiray Rodriguez hit a free throw to give Seguin a three-point lead with less than a minute to play.
The Mules couldn’t find an open look from three-point range on their final possession, so Hudock drove the lane and put up a short runner in traffic. The shot caromed off the backboard, and Carter secured the rebound for Seguin with 3.3 seconds to play. Alamo Heights fouled Carter immediately, and she hit a free throw on the other end to seal the outcome.
Seguin head coach Ricky Fernandez lauded his team for fighting through adversity and clawing its way into the win column after a series of demoralizing double-digit defeats.
“When we’ve gotten, we just hang our heads, but we went in at halftime and literally just said hey – we fought, we’re here, this is it,” Fernandez said. “We just put it together, had a great second half, and finished this off.”
Seguin’s Rodriguez and the Mules’ Hudock shared game-high scoring honors with 13 points apiece, but the Matadors kept Hudock scoreless in the second half and disrupted the Alamo Heights attack with relentless defensive pressure.
“In the fourth quarter, we went full court, which we haven’t really worked on a lot, but we talked about hey, let’s deny, pressure, and put something on it,” Fernandez said. “That happened to us the first time we played them – when we pressured them, they seemed to turn it over more.”
Hannah Patek added 10 points for Seguin, and Carsyn Dietz chipped in with nine. Karalynn Villegas contributed four, while Carter and Duvelsa Briones had three apiece.
Villegas, Seguin’s starting point guard, picked up three early fouls and spent much of the second quarter on the bench. Fernandez praised her backup for giving the Mats a boost of energy to close the half.
“I really want to give a shout-out to Jazriella Sanchez,” the coach said. “She just came out tonight and gave us a spark that we’ve been missing for awhile, and that kind of got us going and got us the momentum.”
The combination of Seguin’s win and losses by Boerne-Champion and Lockhart creates a more optimistic outlook for the Mats in the District 26-5A playoff race. Seguin (10-21) and Lockhart are now tied for fifth place in the standings with 4-5 district records, and only a game back of fourth-place Boerne-Champion (5-4) with four left on the schedule.
The Matadors seek their second straight district win Friday with a 6:30 p.m. visit to Medina Valley in Castroville.
Mules hand Mats second straight district loss
(San Antonio) – The Seguin boys basketball team dropped its second consecutive District 26-5A game Tuesday evening as Alamo Heights doubled up the Matadors 82-41 at the Mule Dome in San Antonio.
Christian Martinez led Seguin in scoring with 11 points, but no other Matador reached double figures. Jacob Vega finished with eight, while Justice Head and R.J. Acuna produced six apiece. Evan Head and Michael Mickles netted three points each. Arturo Hernandez and Erick Campos each had two.
Brandon Johnson paced Alamo Heights with 22 points, Andrew Reichert added 16, and Evan Carcanagues totaled 14.
The Mules raced out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, pushed the margin to 45-23 at halftime, and held a 61-35 cushion at the end of the third period.
Seguin is 3-5 in district play, 10-17 overall. The Matadors look to bounce back Friday with a 6:30 p.m. home game against Medina Valley at Goldie Harris Gym.