PHOTO / JEROMY KUSCH
Ramon goes up for a block earlier this season. The Hondo Owls were
consolation champs in Harlingen last week, and will host the Hondo
Tournament today through Saturday.
Hondo girls consolation champs at Harlingen b-ball
Harlingen -- The Hondo girls’ basketball team left its
mark Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, in the Rio Grande Valley,
earning the consolation trophy in the Dr. Keillor Classic, hosted
by Harlingen South High School.
Hondo won three of its four games in the tourney, picking up
its only loss of the season thus far to eventual tourney champ, 5A
Corpus Christi Carroll, in the opening round.
After mauling Port Isabel in the second round, the Owls
recorded a win over 5A McAllen Memorial before taking apart 4A
Alice in the consolation finals.
The Owls also recorded a couple of likely school records in the
One, on Friday afternoon, involved the school’s biggest
margin of victory, in their 84-12 romp over Port Isabel.
The second is a record for modern-era girls’ basketball
(5-on-5), when junior Tyler Barnes lit up Alice for 40 points.
In the opener, the Owls came out cold, or nervous, against
Carroll, in what wound up as a 67-36 loss to the Tigers.
Hondo scored only five buckets in the first half, as Carroll
took a 38-10 lead.
“We settled down and played them within three points in the
second half,” said Hondo Coach DJ Denton. “We just have to be
mentally ready at the opening tip.”
Candace Carroll led Hondo with 13 points in the loss, and was
joined in double figures by Reagan Luce, who had 10.
In the rout of Port Isabel, the game was every bit as lopsided,
maybe even moreso, than the scoreboard indicated. The Owls led,
53-6, at halftime, 74-6 after three, and the team stalled for most
of the fourth quarter.
Every player on the Owls’ roster scored, led by Barnes’ 17.
Luce added 12, with 11 from Prysilla Ramon. Carroll and Maegen
McKay both scored eight, with six each from Elizabeth Simpson and
Saturday, Hondo started at 8 a.m. with a 54-36 win over McAllen
Memorial. Barnes led all scorers with 18 points, with eight, seven
and six from Briana Campos, Ramon and Hannah Ytuarte.
In the consolation finals, a 67-39 win over Alice, Hondo
trailed 14-12 after one quarter, but put its stamp on the game
after that. Barnes scored 15 of the Owls’ 19 points in the
second period, as Hondo took control, leading 31-22 at the break.
Barnes added another eight in the third as Hondo went up by 20
points, then ended her record-breaking afternoon with another 15
in the final quarter, to end the game with 40 points. All totaled,
Barnes hit 14 buckets, and was 12-of-18 from the free throw line.
Carroll finished the game with seven points.
“I was really proud of our effort all weekend,” said Coach
Denton. “The other coaches in the tourney told me that we should
have been in the finals, but they put us against the champs in the
“But it was nice that we made a name for ourselves.”
LV wins battle of state-ranked opponents
La Vernia -- The Hondo girls' basketball team, ranked #6
in the state int he latest TABC 3A girls' poll, traveled to La
Vernia on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to take on the #4 ranked Lady Bears.
#4 edged #6, by a count of 53-48, in a hard-fought game that
was close from start to finish.
The 8-2 Owls will now host the 33rd Annual Hondo Basketball
Tournament, starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, against Medina
Valley in the HHS old gym. Other teams in the girls' round-robin
tourney, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 7, are Somerset,
Bandera, Uvalde and the Hondo JV.