Late misses lead to loss against Leakey


     One point.

    The D’Hanis Cowgirls came up short to Leakey 30-29, Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Roy Kile Gym, to fall to 4-4 in the District 31-A race, two games behind both Leakey and Nueces Canyon, who are currently tied for second.

     A win would have created a season split between D’Hanis and Leakey, and put the teams into a third place tie in the standings. Three teams qualify for postseason play.

     Tuesday’s setback followed a 43-41 home win for the Cowgirls over Knippa on Friday, Jan. 17.

The Cowgirls (13-7 overall) are at home twice in the coming week, hosting Medina on Friday, Jan. 24, followed by league-leading Rocksprings on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

     In the win over Knippa, the Cowgirls got 15 points from Natalie McFadin and eight each from Madi Rhodes and Mabry Herrmann. D’Hanis trailed for virtually the entire game, including an eight-point deficit at the end of three periods. But the Cowgirls outscored the Lady Crushers 17-7 in the fourth.

     With the Cowgirls finally in the lead, Herrmann blocked a Knippa shot with 20 seconds left, and D’Hanis got a defensive stop with eight seconds left, and ran out the clock to preserve the 45-43 win.

     In the late stages of Tuesday’s loss to Leakey, things didn’t click for D’Hanis. 

     “We missed six layups in the final 1:30,” said Coach Jose Martinez. “We just didn’t  execute at the end, and they ran out the clock. And we missed about 16 total layups in the game.”

     Herrmann had 10 points for D’Hanis, all in the first half, and Koehler Ruiz added nine.