PHOTO / CHARLES CARLSON
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Victoria Blankenship and Marissa Lopez scored 13 and 11 points
to lead West Oso.