Update for December 5, 2013
Owls regroup at break, pull away from Bandera
By Jeromy Kusch
Down three seniors, the Hondo girls’ basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a big win, 56-36, against the Bandera Lady Bulldogs last Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Activities Center.
The three seniors were out for the first two games of the season because of the extended playoff run of the Hondo volleyball team.
After amassing a stingy 14-3 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs wrestled their way back to within five by halftime.
Hondo’s head girls basketball coach, DJ Denton, said the team was a little anxious early in the game and committed too many fouls. With key players in foul trouble, she was forced to change her lineup, leading to a slow second quarter.
At halftime, Coach Denton encouraged her team to play their style of basketball, focusing on smart defense, discipline, and fast breaks. Denton said, “We have always considered ourselves a third quarter team. We go to the locker room, make adjustments, and come out strong in the third.”
Despite poor free throw shooting, the Owls controlled the second half, pulling away for the 56-36 win.
Junior Tyler Barnes led all scorers with 24 points. Denton believes Barnes is becoming a good on-court leader for their team. “She’s coming into her own, and she leads with her actions on the court. Tyler is the type of player everyone wants to succeed.”
Hondo mid-game run seals win over 5A Cigarroa
By Jeff Berger
Making a rare change of venue, the Hondo girls’ basketball team hosted 5A Laredo Cigarroa Monday evening, Nov. 11, at the McDowell Middle School Gym. Reverting to their junior high environment didn’t seem to phase the Owls, as they used a dominating third period to pull away from the Lady Toros, 61-46.
The Owls’ only action in the coming week is Tuesday, Nov. 19, when the team travels to Uvalde for a 6:30 p.m. game.
The game was moved from Tuesday to Monday on the schedule because of the Owls volleyball playoff match on Tuesday. And it was moved from the high school to the junior high because the Owl band had a program in the Activities Center.
The first quarter opened with each team taking a run. Cigarroa hit a pair of three-point plays -- a bucket-and-one and another from beyond the arc -- to take an early 8-3 lead. Then behind the efforts of Juliette Rodriguez, Tyler Barnes and Prysilla Ramon, Hondo scored the next nine to go up 12-8 with 3:00 left in the first period.
Cigarroa led 16-15 at the end of a quarter, and extended it to 20-15 in another 30 seconds. But Candace Carroll found her shot, hitting the first of her four three-pointers. A bucket from Ramon wtih 4:35 left gave Hondo the lead at 24-23, and the Owls would never trail again.
Hondo finished the half on a 9-3 run to go up 35-28, then scored the first seven points of the second half to take complete control of the game.
The Owls opened their biggest lead of 54-34 with five minutes to play on a pair of Barnes free throws. She was 9-of-11 at the line, finishing with 17 points. Carroll ended the game as the leading scorer with 21 points, including a 35-footer at the final buzzer to seal the Owls’ 15-point margin.
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