Jaclyn Leyva looks to either drive or dish during Tuesday night’s home win over Uvalde. The Owls will be on the road at Pearsall on Friday, as the Hondo girls’ complete the first round of District 30-4A play.

Crystal takes early lead in district play


     In a close game throughout, Crystal City overtook the Hondo Owls in the second half, and held on for a 56-50 District 30-4A girls’ basketball contest last Friday, Jan. 14, in Crystal.

     On Tuesday, Jan. 18, playing in their district home opener, the Owls built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 43-17 win over Uvalde.

     Hondo is now 17-9 on the year, 2-1 in district, and will travel to Pearsall on Friday, Jan. 21, for a 6:30 p.m. game. The Owls have an open date on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

     The game at Crystal City was part of the date-switch in the district girls’ schedule. Teams in the district traded girls’ playing dates on Jan. 14 and 21 because of high COVID case counts in the Pearsall girls’ program. 

     At CC, the Owls led for most of the first half, hanging onto a 28-27 lead at the break, before the Lady Javelinas came back to take the lead and get the win.

     Hondo was paced by three 15-point efforts in the game, from Emory Brandon, Cassidy Reus and Jaclyn Leyva, but they accounted for 90% of the Owls’ scoring. Crystal City, now 2-0 in league play, also had three players in double figures.

     Tuesday in the HHS gym, Hondo scored the first 10 points of the night and held leads of 13-2 over Uvalde at the end of one quarter, and 23-5 at halftime.

     Reus had three three-pointers for the second straight game, finishing with 13 points. Camryn Cary added 10 with eight points from Aly Estes.

     The Owls recorded 28 steals in the game, led by seven from Brandon. Leyva led the way on the boards with nine rebounds.