PHOTOS / JEFF BERGER

Things got pretty physicial Tuesday night during Hondo’s 47-42 comeback win at Lytle. Baylee Rogge (25) battles for a loose rebound with a Lytle defender, as Cassidy Reus (3) and Gracie Navarro (22) come in to assist. 

Owls take two, climb to 6-0

 

By Jeff Berger

Anvil Herald Publisher

 

     Two very different games, a week apart, both fell into the win column for the Hondo girls’ basketball team, as the Owls extended their season-opening win streak to six. 

     On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Owls went off for 42 points in the second half of a 64-27 home win over Marion. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 1, Hondo, faced with a 10-point, second-half deficit, rallied down the stretch to beat Lytle on the road, 47-42.

     This weekend, the Owls will be in action twice. They’ll host Comfort on Friday, Dec. 4, for a 6:30 p.m. contest, then on Saturday, they’ll travel to Harper, Dec. 5, to face the Lady Horns at 12:15.

     On Tuesday, Dec. 8, all six Hondo teams will visit Devine. The varsity girls’ game will be at approximately 6:30, in the Devine Student Activity Center.

     Against Marion, the Owls had the lead for all but a couple of minutes in the first quarter, and led by six points with a minute left in the half. A bucket by Jamie Zinsmeyer, with a Cassidy Reus three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer extended Hondo’s lead to 22-11 at the break.

     Inspired in the third period, four different Owls scored in the first 90 seconds of the half. Emory Brandon, Emma Neuman, Reus and Jaclyn Leyva all hit buckets to extend Hondo’s run to 13 points, and the lead to 30-11.

      From there, the Owls were off and running, leading 45-20 after three quarters, and going on to a 64-27 win.

     Hondo drained eight three-pointers, with three from Gracie Navarro, and two each from Kayla Myers and Reus.

     Brandon finished with 18 points, Reus had 12, with nine each from Myers and Navarro.

     Tuesday at Lytle, the teams used the full 94 feet for most of the night. The Owls also had to overcome their first real adversity of the season, as they rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half. But after the Lady Pirates scored the first four points of the third period, Hondo outscored Lytle the rest of the way, 28-13.

     The Lady Pirates (4-4) finished the first quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 12-11 lead at the end of one. When Lytle scored a bucket with 3:30 left in the first half to go up 21-17, it marked the first time this season that Hondo had trailed by two scores. 

    When Lytle up 29-19 at the 5:22 mark of the third period, the Owls started to chip away, as Reus hit the first of her three three-pointers. A steal and layup by Brandon followed by another trey from Reus cut the Lady Pirates’ lead down to 31 -27. 

     A shot by Leyva, followed by a bucket-and-one from Reus gave Hondo a 41-40 lead, its first advantage since being up 11-10 in the first period.

     The Owls would never give up the lead, as all points for the rest of the game came from the line. Up 43-42, Camryn Cary was fouled with 13.8 seconds left and sank both free throws to give Hondo a three-point lead. Lytle pushed the ball up the floor, but threw the ball away on a fast break. As Hondo inbounded, Cary was fouled again and hit two more FTs to seal the game with four seconds left. 

     Reus, Cary and Leyva were all in double figures with 18, 11 and 10 points.

     Lytle was led by freshman Calyssa Sevier’s 16 points.

PHOTO / JEFF BERGER

Kayla Myers drills a three-pointer in the second quarter of the Hondo Owls’ Saturday win at Blanco.