No. 8 Marion boys upend No. 5 Cole to stay in 26-3A title chase
(San Antonio) - Marion turned the tables on San Antonio-Cole in the second District 26-3A meeting between the state-ranked basketball powers, as the No. 8 Bulldogs avenged January's overtime loss to the No. 5 Cougars with a 52-42 road win at Robert G. Cole Gym on Tuesday.
Marion (21-7) and Cole (27-5) are now tied for second place in the 26-3A standings, one game back of the district's other state-ranked program, No. 4 Randolph (28-1, 7-1), with two games left on the schedule. The Bulldogs host the Ro-Hawks this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Marion led Cole by 13 at halftime, by 17 on multiple occasions in the third quarter, and by 14 points, 41-27, heading into the fourth period.
Cole mounted a furious rally to pull within six, but the Bulldogs survived the run to push the margin back 11 and hit enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 10-point win.
"We needed that," Marion head coach Jon Allen said. "We neded to know that we could make some free throws down the stretch to finish a game, and I thought we did that there at the end, so hats off to them. I'll take a win any way we can get it, but I thought we controlled the game for sure."
Marion senior Jacob Wallace scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and went 7-of-8 at the free-throw line after the intermission. The 6'4" forward-turned-point-guard, also coralled 11 rebounds, dished out six assists, and blocked two shots.
Wallace has scored at least 21 in each of the past four games, all Marion wins.
"He is definitely our x-factor," Allen said. "When he scores, we're tough to beat. We've got enough scorers in other places, and when people really start worrying about him, I think it opens up everything for other guys."
Senior forward Jackson Allen also contributed a double-double, netting 13 points to go with a team-high 12 rebounds. Tyler Bridges finished with 10 points. He and Brevin Wilson each grabbed seven rebounds.
Freshman guard Trey Blackmore was the only Cougar in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Blackmore hit two of his team's six threes in the second half to keep Cole in the game.
Marion can extend its winning streak to five games and grab a share of the District 26-3A lead with a home win over Randolph on Friday. The Ro-Hawks were the last team to beat the Bulldogs, 55-53 in Universal City on Jan. 22.
Coach Allen says his team's attention turned from Cole to Randolph in the blink of an eye during the post-game conversation in the locker-room.
"This is game one, and we took care of that, and they're ready to go," Allen said. "We didn't celebrate much. We said 'yay, and then let's get ready for Randolph, and they know that. We've got a senior bunch, a veteran bunch, and they know what's in front of them, so they want to make it happen."
Cole pulls away late to outlast Marion girls
(San Antonio) - The playoff-bound Marion girls basketball team concluded the District 26-3A regular season Friday night with a 41-33 road loss to San Antonio-Cole.
The Bulldogs led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter on the strength of eight points by junior forward Lizzie Abrameit, but Cole used a 17-12 scoring edge in the second period to take a 24-22 lead into halftime.
Each team managed just six points in a defensively dominated third quarter, and the Cougars took a slim 30-28 cushion into the fourth.
Marion went cold offensively in the final frame as Cole won the period 11-5 to pull away for the eight-point win.
Abrameit finished with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds to go with three blocked shots.
Autumn Holmes recorded five points and five rebounds. Lily Bek and Molly Rooke each scored four points. Anessa Madrid contributed two points, four rebounds, and two steals.
Ajacia Miles led Cole with 12 points, and Amouya Williams added 10.
Marion (14-20) went 4-6 in District 26-3A to grab the league's fourth and final playoff seed.
The Bulldogs meet Lago Vista in the bi-district bracket on Monday in Dripping Springs at a time that has yet to be finalized. The game will air live on KWED 1580-AM and Seguintoday.com.
Marion visits Navarro for a playoff warm-up game this Friday at 6:15 p.m.
Playoff-bound Panthers finish regular season with non-district win
(Geronimo) - The Navarro girls basketball team tuned up for the upcoming UIL playoffs Monday night with a 68-28 blowout of Bastrop-Cedar Creek in a non-district game at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.
Brianna Castellano led all scorers with 17 points, Emily Hinkelmann finished with 13, and Haleigh Ortiz added 10. Maddi McCaig contributed eight points, Anna Longoria six, Becca Bradley and Hailey Hildebrand four apiece, and Berklee Andrews two.
The Panthers led 37-15 at halftime and won the second half 31-13 to notch the 40-point margin.
Navarro (20-14, 6-6) takes the fourth playoff seed from District 30-4A into the UIL Region IV bracket. Navarro will host another playoff warm-up game, this time against Marion, on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
The Panthers meet District 29 champion Devine in the bi-district round next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Legacy High School in San Antonio. The game will air live on KWED 1580-AM and Seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:15.
Seguin girls finish Moore's first season with dominant road win
(San Antonio) - Seguin concluded Jamie Moore's first season as head girls basketball coach on a positive note Tuesday night, notching a commanding 71-37 road win over San Antonio-Kennedy in District 26-5A.
The Matadors went 6-10 in district play, 15-20 overall. The sixth-place finish in the 26-3A standings leaves Seguin out of the UIL playoffs. Kerrville-Tivy, San Antonio-Veterans Memorial, Boerne-Champion, and San Antonio-Wagner claimed the district's four available post-season spots, with San Antonio-Memorial finishing fifth.
Jessie Behal scored 16 points to lead Seguin's balanced attack, Carsyn Dietz added 15, and Madyson Tausch netted 13. Jazriella Sanchez and Tresalyn Roberts chipped in with nine apiece.
Dietz, Sanchez, and Behal are the only seniors Seguin loses to graduation in the off-season.
Matadors boys drop nail-biter to Rockets
(Seguin) - Seguin boys basketball landed on the short end of shoot-out Tuesday night in a 69-67 district loss to San Antonio-Kennedy at Goldie Harris Gym.
The Matadors led 20-18 after the first quarter, 36-33 at halftime, and 55-49 at the end of the third period. The Rockets outscored Seguin 20-12 in the fourth quarter to steal the two-point road win.
Senior forward Trystin Silas pumped in 18 points to lead three Matadors in double figures. R.J. Acuna finished with 17, and Evan Head totaled 14. Seguin received six points from Joseph Vela, four apiece from Tyson Coleman and Vaughn Schlogel, and two each from Jonathan Zuniga and Christopher James.
The loss drops Seguin to 2-12 in District 26-5A, 7-24 overall. The Mats finish the season with a pair of 6:30 p.m. home games, this Friday against Kerrville-Tivy and next Tuesday against San Antonio-Veterans Memorial.