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January 16th, 2008
Lady Rattlers' surge not enough for the win

Sports Reporter

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos High School‘s Lady Rattlers could not find the win column through the first half of district play and SMHS was looking to score its first “W” of the season at home Tuesday night against Austin Anderson High School.

However a slow offensive start hampered the start of the second half of the district race, as the Lady Rattlers fell 46-41. The loss dropped SMHS to 0-8 in 25-5A action, and the Lady Rattlers hopes of a playoff berth have all but disappeared this season.

“We really had a hard time getting our offense going in the first half,” SMHS head girl’s basketball coach Shad Scharlach said of the five-point loss. “We had a nice strong push in the fourth that brought the game within two (points) with under a minute to go, but we just missed a couple of opportunities to tie or go ahead.”

The Lady Rattlers fell behind in the first quarter as the offense managed just five points, but fortunately for SMHS its visitors got off to a cool start as well, scoring just eight in the first quarter.

It was the second quarter that did the most damage to San Marcos’ shot and district win No. 1 Tuesday night. AHS posted 17 points before halftime, while the Lady Rattlers could just muster up eight to fall behind 25-13 at the break.

Scharlach’s halftime chalk talk must have inspired the Lady Rattlers, as SMHS came out of the break firing. San Marcos cut into the Anderson lead by five points at the end of the third quarter with an 11-6 run. SMHS went into the final eight minutes of play trailing by seven, 31-24.

The Lady Rattlers’ offense really came alive in the fourth quarter, as SMHS posted another 17 points in the comeback effort, but Anderson found its rhythm again scoring 15 to hold off the San Marcos rally.

“I was very proud of how hard we fought and worked in the second half,” Scharlach said of the comeback effort.

Alexia Gutierrez (5-19, 0-8) posted a team-high 10 points in the loss for San Marcos. She was held to just four points in the loss to Austin Westlake last Friday. Jasmine Williams, who led the team in scoring against WHS last week, posted 10 points as well Tuesday night. Ashley Crayton just missed the double-digit mark with nine.

Box Score















San Marcos







Bolden 12, Gramlich 11, Bellquist 10, Rollie 8, Jones 2, Nielsen 3
San Marcos:
Alexia Gutierrez 10, Jasmine Williams 10, Ashley Crayton 9, Amber Green 6, Dashia Williams 4, Sarah 2

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