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Alexis Martinez leads a mad scramble for a loose ball, with Prysilla Ramon (22) moving in, during Hondo’s wild 51-47 comeback win over West Oso in Friday’s area round.



Maegan McKay (left) blocks a West Oso layup attempt from behind in Hondo’s area win over the Lady Bears. The Owls finished the season with a 23-12 record.


Fredericksburg owns the 4th quarter

By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor

Boerne -- For three quarters, Tuesday’s 4A girls’ regional quarterfinal game couldn’t have been much closer.

But during the fourth quarter, when championships usually happen, the Fredericksburg Lady Billies had a little more left in the tank than Hondo did.

Fredericksburg, leading by just two points entering the final period, scored the next eight points, eventually pulling away for a 61-49 win over the Hondo Owls.

It was the third time the Lady Billies have beaten the Owls this season, including their two wins in District 29-AAAA, and it earned them a trip to the Region IV-4A tournament this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. They’ll be joined at region by Boerne, which defeated Devine 52-45 earlier in the evening, as all four playoff teams from 29-4A had reached the third round of postseason.

Early in the game at Champion High School, it became apparent that things were going to get physical in a hurry. The officiating crew swallowed their whistles on much of the action near the bucket, which would often have gotten a foul call in most other situations. But play was allowed to continue at both ends of the floor.

After a low-scoring first period, in which the Lady Billies held a narrow 8-7 lead, the tempo began to pick up in the second quarter. Fredericksburg scored the first four points, to take a 12-7 lead, their biggest through the first three periods.

Hondo answered with a 9-0 run to take the lead. Tyler Barnes knocked down a three from the top of the arc, then got a layup seconds later to tie the game off a steal and assist from Candace Carroll. Shortly after that, Carroll hit the first of her four three-pointers in the game. The lead bounced between two and four points for the next four minutes, until Barnes scored off a full-court pass from Prysilla Ramon, and Carroll followed with another three. This gave Hondo its biggest lead, 27-20, with one minute left in the half.

Fredericksburg scored the last four points of the second period, and the first four points of the third to retake the lead at 28-27. Neither team pulled away during the third, as the score was tied four times, before the Lady Billies got the last points on a follow shot with 15 seconds left.

In the fourth, the game belonged to Fredericksburg. For the first two minutes, they put together an 8-0 run, increasing their lead to 10 points.

The Owls cut it to six points with two free throws each from Ramon and Alexis Martinez, during a five-second span. Fredericksburg got the lead back up to 10, and it stayed in that neighborhood the rest of the way.

Owls seniors, and four-year starters, Barnes and Carroll, were the leading scorers with 16 and 14 points. In their four years playing for the Owl varsity, they had been part of 99 wins under coach DJ Denton, including a school-record 30 wins during their junior year.

Ramon and Martinez added eight and six points.

The Lady Billies’ 6’3” sophomore post Abby Spurgin led all scorers with 23 points, and freshman guard Ashley Wipff added 12.


Owls overcome huge deficit; rally past Oso in area playoffs

By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor

Gonzales -- Prospects certainly didn’t look good for the Hondo Owls early in Friday’s 4A area girls’ playoff game.

The Owls couldn’t get out of their own way as Corpus Christi West Oso raced to an 18-3 lead with 1:25 left in the first period. Early in the second period, that lead eventually climbed to 16 points, at 23-7.

But that’s when the Owls decided enough was enough.

Hondo finished the first half on a huge run, took its first lead at the end of the third period, and never trailed in the fourth, holding on for a 51-47 win over the Lady Bears.

With the win, Hondo’s first ever over West Oso in basketball -- boys or girls -- the Owls prepared for their rematch with District 29-AAAA rival Fredericksburg.

The Lady Bears scored the game’s first eight points, as the Owls failed to take care of the ball, either from West Oso takeaways or from traveling violations. After Maegan McKay’s bucket-and-one, Oso ran off the next 10 points as well, extending their lead to 18-3.

Alexis Martinez scored just before the end of the first period and Prysilla Ramon scored to open the second, but the Lady Bears put up five more to take a 23-7 lead.

Hondo finally got things together, with a bucket by McKay off the offensive glass with 5:25 left in the half. Another McKay shot, followed quickly by four points from Ramon, cut Oso’s lead down to 23-15. The Owls continued to chip away, getting a pair of late buckets from Martinez, in addition to a steal and layup from Candace Carroll.

The Owls’ defense dominated in the third period, holding Oso to just four points, while steadily closing the gap and finishing the quarter with an 8-0 run over the final 3:50. Ramon hit three free throws and a bucket to bring the score to 32-32, and Hondo took the lead -- the only time the lead changed hands all night -- when Emily Bernal drilled a three-pointer from the left wing with 20 seconds left in the period.

Ramon opened the fourth period with a three-pointer from the top of the circle, giving Hondo its biggest lead of the night at six points.

The Lady Bears stayed within reach of the Owls courtesy of three three-pointers in the final period, but Hondo always had an answer. The Owls final bucket came on a putback from Carroll with 2:50 left, but made enough of their free throw chances to keep the lead. Hondo was 19-of-35 at the line, while Oso hit only 6-of-18 attempts.

Ramon and Martinez were in double figures for Hondo with 14 and 13 points, while McKay, who dominated the boards and was instrumental in getting the Owls back into the game in the second quarter, finished with nine points before fouling out early in the final period.

Victoria Blankenship and Marissa Lopez scored 13 and 11 points to lead West Oso.



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