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January 6th, 2009
Rebels outlast Rattlers in high school girls hoop

STAFF REPORT

Facing a huge game against Del Valle for the District 17-4A lead in high school girls basketball, Hays kept its perfect league record alive with a fourth-quarter surge to beat San Marcos, 55-46, Tuesday night at the Snake Pit.

San Marcos held a 41-40 lead in the fourth quarter before it started missing shots. The Rebels bolted ahead in the final minutes, improving to 22-3 overall and 4-0 in the district. San Marcos fell to 13-10 and 0-3.

The Rebels will play at home Friday night against Del Valle, a frequent girls basketball power in Central Texas. The Cardinals entered Tuesday’s games unbeaten in the district.

Hays already knows it will have its hands full. The Rebels lost by 11 points to Del Valle in the semifinals of last week’s Bastrop Tournament before beating Lake Travis in the championship game. Del Valle went on to win the tournament with a victory against Manor, which also is in District 17-4A.

As has often been the case for San Marcos this year, the Rattlers started well enough, but couldn’t maintain their sharpness going down the stretch. Hays led only 25-24 at half and 41-37 after three quarters.

“I think we were a little over-confident, a little cocky,” Hays coach Donny McDonald said. “Our girls played their girls in the summer and must have thought it was going to be easy. I kept telling them that just because it says ‘San Marcos’ on their jerseys, that doesn’t mean it’s the same team. Some of the players are different. And the coach makes a difference.”

The Rebels went off to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t build on that start and allowed San Marcos to stay close until the closing minutes.

“We had a little trouble scoring in the fourth quarter and they kept scoring,” San Marcos coach Shad Sharlach said. “We just have to build on this.”

The Rattlers play at Lockhart Friday night.

Ashley Rankine led all scorers with 14 points for Hays. Shelby Calabrese added 13 points for the Rebels. Dashia Williams led San Marcos with 12 points, followed by Jasmine Williams with 10.

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