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January 15th, 2009
Rattlers in lead pack for District 17-4A boys basketball


When the weekend arrives, the San Marcos Rattlers could take the lead in the District 17-4A boys standings, but only if they work their Friday night home floor magic and they receive a little help.

The Rattlers are 3-1 in the district and 16-7 overall after their 52-50 win at Lehman Tuesday night. Friday, Manor comes to San Marcos with a 3-0 district record (18-5 overall). The other top contender, Del Valle, is 4-0 (15-8 overall) with a home game coming Friday against Lehman.

The Rattlers, Manor and Del Valle have separated themselves from the district pack pretty early in the schedule. Lehman and Elgin are tied for fourth in the league, each at 1-2.

San Marcos made its statement at Lehman early, holding the Lobos to only five points in the first quarter and making it stand up for a 40-34 lead after three quarters. Lehman spent the fourth quarter trying to catch up, but the Rattlers held them off.

The win gave San Marcos its first road win of the district season. Cameron Austin led the Rattlers with 10 points, followed by Lee Bryant with eight. Kenny Weber carried the Lehman offense with 26 points.

The Hays boys team has lost three of four district games after a 41-26 loss Tuesday night at Elgin. Hays took an 11-6 lead in the first quarter, but Elgin came back for a 15-15 halftime tie and buried the Rebels in the second half. The Rebels, 13-10, will have a bye date on the schedule Friday.

The Hays girls team also has a bye date Friday, but the Rebels can use the occasion to savor a strong start that has solidified their credentials as the district favorite.

The Rebels crushed Del Valle, 52-35, at Oran Bales Gymnasium last Friday night, making short work of the only other team thought to have any chance of winning the district. Led by Ashley Rankine with 10 points, the Hays attack was characteristically balanced.

Tuesday night, the Rebels demolished Elgin, 57-41. Hays led only 28-26 at halftime, but bore down defensively and kept the Wildcats to two eight-point quarters in the second half for an easy finish. Angeleigh Davis led Hays with 12, followed by Rankine with 11, E.J. Joyner with nine and Shelby Calabrese with nine.

Hays now is 6-0 halfway through the district schedule and figures to clinch a playoff berth before the end of next week. The Rebels are 24-3 overall.

Coming off a saving win at home Tuesday night against Lehman, the San Marcos girls team (2-3 district, 15-10 overall) travels to Manor Friday night. The Mustangs are a game ahead of San Marcos and Lehman at 3-2 in the district.

The stakes figure to be a little higher Friday night for the Lehman girls team (2-3, 10-14), because it plays at home against Del Valle (4-1, 20-4). Following their 30-24 loss at San Marcos Tuesday night, the Lobos in a fourth-place tie with the Rattlers. The top four teams in District 17-4A go to the playoffs.

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