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January 28th, 2009
Rattlers carry big girls basketball win

STAFF REPORT

Desperately needing a win to stay in the District 17-4A high school girls basketball playoff race, the San Marcos Rattlers responded with more than a win Wednesday night.

The Rattlers played one of their stronger games of recent weeks for a 60-54 win against Elgin at the Snake Pit.

The victory raised San Marcos to 16-12 overall and, more important, 3-5 in the district. The Rattlers are in fifth place, but only one-half game behind Lehman (4-5). However, the Rattlers have a game coming up at Lehman, and they also beat the Lobos, 30-24, earlier this year in the Snake Pit.

“It keeps our destiny in our hands,” San Marcos coach Shad Scharlach said. “If we win out, we’re in.”

The Rattlers came out strong offensively and held a 22-14 lead after one quarter. However, Elgin caught up for a 32-31 halftime lead and the two teams stayed close until the Rattlers began pulling away at the end of the third quarter, which finished with San Marcos holding a 50-44 lead.

Daisha Williams led San Marcos with 20 points, followed by Jasmine Williams with 18. Skylar Lott led Elgin with 16 points.

“All nine of our players made contributions tonight,” Scharlach said. “I’m just really proud of our team tonight.”

The game originally had been scheduled for Tuesday night, but officials at the two schools moved it to Wednesday because of Tuesday night’s cold weather. When the two teams finally took the court, they were ready to play.

“For an off set game, both teams played really well,” Scharlach said.

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