Split of games leaves Owls at 1-2 in district

 

By Jeff Berger

Anvil Herald Publisher

 

     A slow start for both teams on Friday, Jan. 17, turned in Hondo’s direction, as the varsity girls’ basketball picked it in the middle quarters for a 41-27 win over Carrizo Springs in the HHS new gym.

     On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Owls were in it every step of the way for the first three quarters, before things went cold in a 56-40 loss at Crystal City.

     The Owls (19-10 season, 1-2 district) will be at home twice in the coming week. Hondo will host Pearsall in a Friday, Jan. 24, contest, and will begin the second half of the District 29-4A schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 28, when Devine comes to town. Both games will start approximately 6:15.

     After leading the Ladycats 6-4 after one period on Friday, Hondo didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard in the second period, but definitely kept Carrizo from doing so. Hondo took a 13-5 lead into the locker room then extended it to 30-14 after three.

     Abby Neuman had the hot hand from the perimeter, busting five three-pointers and finishing with an even 15 points. Cassidy Reus also had a pair of threes and finished with 12 points.

     It didn’t factor into the outcome of the game, but Hondo was under 50%, with 12-for-28 free throw shooting.

     Tuesday in Crystal City, the Owls led the Lady Javelinas by seven at halftime and were still within three points after three quarters. But in the fourth, Hondo had no baskets and were just 3-of-9 from the free throw line, as Crystal pulled away for a 56-40 win. CC climbed to 3-0 in league play after their 59-49 win at Devine on Friday.

     The first quarter consisted of three runs. Hondo scored the game’s first four points, then Crystal answered with the next 11. The Owls put up the final nine to take a 13-11 lead at the end of a quarter. From a 15-15 deadlock, Hondo outscored CC 11-4 to finish out the half with a 26-19 lead. 

     The Lady Javelinas scored the first nine points of the third quarter and the teams went back and forth for the rest of the third, which ended with Crystal holding onto a 40-37 lead.

     Abby Neuman led the Owls with 10 points, with eight each from Taylor Neuman and Emory Brandon.

     But free throw accuracy was again an issue, with Hondo hitting only 14-of-31 from the stripe.

     CC was led by 26 points from sophomore shooter Karinna Ortiz who hit five three-pointers.

PHOTO / JEFF BERGER

Abby Neuman knocks down a three-pointer – one of seven treys she hit this week – during first half action Tuesday at Crystal City. All HHS teams will be home twice this week, facing Pearsall on Friday and Devine on Tuesday, as District 29-4A play continues.