Devine pounces when Owls
Devine -- After leading for most of the game last
Friday, Jan. 16, the Hondo girls’ basketball team saw its third
straight District 29-AAAA contest slip away, in a 55-44 loss to
The game got away from the Owls in the fourth period. The
Arabians had taken a 41-39 at the end of three, but Hondo managed
only five points in the final quarter, while Devine put the game
out of reach at the free throw line.
Hondo maintained a small advantage through the first half on
Friday, leading 14-11 after one period, behind Prysilla Ramon’s
eight points, and taking a 30-26 lead in at halftime.
But just when Devine got heated up in the third period, the
Owls’ free throw shooting cooled off. In the fourth, Hondo
connected on only one bucket.
For the game, Tyler Barnes finished with 14 points, with eight
each from Candace Carroll, Alexis Martinez and Ramon.
Hondo survives OT for first district win
Hondo managed to escape with an overtime victory Tuesday night,
Jan. 20, in the Activities Center, as the varsity girls’
basketball team held off a stubborn Bandera squad 67-62.
The District 29-AAAA win, the first for the Hondo girls, ends a
three-game losing skid, and moves the Owls to 1-3 in the league
race, 16-10 overall.
Hondo will go on the road for the next three games, including
twice this week. The Owls will go to Lytle for a 6:15 game on
Friday, Jan. 23, then they’ll head to Boerne for a 7:30 p.m.
contest, as they start the second run through the district
schedule. The Tuesday, Jan. 27, date with Boerne is the only time
in the next three weeks of the district schedule where the girls'
and boys' teams play at different sites. The boys' games will be
in Hondo that night.
Hondo struggled throughout the first period, and only a
20-second spurt where Hondo scored three buckets off of
back-to-back steals kept them within one point at the break.
The Owls quickly grabbed the lead to open the second half, and
held the advantage most of the way, until Bandera tied it at 56
with 10 seconds left in regulation.
Hondo took over at the free throw line in the extra period,
hitting 9-of-12 free throws. The only Hondo bucket in OT came
after a missed free throw, when Tyler Barnes grabbed the offensive
rebound and passed to Elizabeth Simpson for the short jumper. That
gave the Owls the lead for good at 62-61 with two minutes left.
Clutch free throws from Barnes and Annette Diaz down the
stretch sealed the win.
Barnes led all scorers with 27 points, including 13-of-20 from
the line. Maegan McKay scored 12 points, all in the second half,
with nine from Alexis Martinez and seven from Candace Carroll.