San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

November 20th, 2008
High school basketball in full swing

STAFF REPORT

The high school basketball season will bring a new flavor to the local athletic scene. For the first time, San Marcos, Hays and Lehman High Schools all will compete in the same district.

The three schools are in District 17-4A as a result of San Marcos’ appeal last year to be moved from District 27-4A. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) ruled that the Rattlers could move to 17-4A in every sport except football.

So, look for two basketball races involving all three teams, and all of those teams could be headed to the playoffs, especially in girls basketball.

Hays and Lehman are off to 3-0 starts in girls basketball, while San Marcos is 2-1. Hays opened the season ranked tenth in Central Texas by the Austin American Statesman, and has held that mantle with easy victories. The Rebels beat Akins, 72-58, Tuesday night behind 19 points from Shelly Calabrese.

The Rattlers won their second straight game Tuesday night with a 44-38 victory against Seguin. Jasmine Williams led the Rattlers with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Hays plays in the Killeen Shoemaker Tournament today through Saturday before returning to Oran Bales Gymnasium against Lake Travis next Monday night. San Marcos is playing in the Marble Falls Tournament today through Saturday. Lehman, which is playing in the Florence Tournament today through Saturday, will return home next Monday against Schertz Clemens.

The San Marcos and Hays boys basketball teams opened their seasons with wins Tuesday night.

The Rattlers went on the road to put a 72-57 drubbing on Crockett in Austin. After Crockett pulled to within 51-47 through three quarters, Lee Bryant and Cameron Austin each tossed in six points for the Rattlers as they pulled away.

The Rebels downed Marble Falls, 74-59, in Buda as Vince Sorrells and Ed Franco combined for 54 points. Franco led the way with 29 points, while Sorrells scored 25.

Hays is home again Friday night against Canyon Lake before playing at Lampasas next Monday and at Crockett next Tuesday. San Marcos plays at Cibolo Steele Friday night before playing its home opener next Tuesday night against Smithson Valley. The Rattler Alumni game takes place on Nov. 29 (6:30 p.m.).

Lehman, which lost its opener Tuesday night to Travis, will play at home Friday night against Fredericksburg, then remain home next Tuesday against Canyon Lake.

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