By KEFF CIARDELLO
BUDA – The Hays High School girls basketball team improved to 26-3 overall and 8-0 in District 17-4A Friday night with a 74-40 beat down of Lehman at Oran Bales Gymnasium.
“We played pretty sloppy to start out the game,” Hays coach Donny McDonald said. “But we always find a way to get back going.”
Despite the lopsided score, the Lobos didn’t go down without a fight. The Lobos stayed reasonably close until producing a three-point fourth quarter. BriAnna Garza led Lehman with 13 points and five rebounds.
“Once (Garza) fouled out for them, the game was pretty much over,” McDonald said.
Lehman Coach Danny Preuss predicted Hays as the easy district winner before the season started, and he’s seen nothing to change his mind in two losses to the Rebels.
Making matters even more difficult for Lehman is a short bench to go with little firepower. The combination was bound to wear down easily against a machine like Hays, which is ranked third statewide this week in the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA).
“I’ve only got six players,” Preuss said. “What do you expect? We still played well. We just got beat pretty bad by a very good team.”
The Lobos now are 11-16 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The Lobos remain in fourth place in the District because San Marcos lost, 79-34, at De Valle, falling to 2-5 in the league.
Hays had three players score in double figures. Angeleigh Davis led with 15, Shelby Calabrese scored 13 and Chrissy Arias scored 11.
“That’s the best part about our team is that we all score,” said Brooke Borreson, who finished the game with seven points, “The points will always come. It’s just a matter of where.”
Even though his team held a double digit lead for most of the game, McDonald never stopped pushing his players with his fiery attitude and booming voice.
“I don’t know if it’s more so for their sake or if it’s just who I am,” McDonald said. “I’ve always been a high octane coach. It works for me.”Email | Print