While the San Marcos High School basketball teams carted home easy wins against their struggling counterparts from Lockhart Tuesday evening, both sets of Rattlers also received good news from across District 17-4A.
The upshot is that the Rattlers can just about print playoff tickets for the boys and girls teams, provided they can both beat Lehman Friday night. The San Marcos boys will play Lehman in the Snake Pit, while the girls team travels up the road a small piece to play at Lehman.
With that said, both San Marcos teams could also be looking at trouble if they lose against Lehman Friday night.
The San Marcos boys team knocked out a very easy win at Lockhart Tuesday night, taking a 24-3 lead through the first quarter on its way to an 84-50 victory. Lee Bryant led the Rattlers with 19 points, followed by Chad Arch with 11 and Cameron Austin with 10.
The win put the Rattlers up to 20-9 overall and, more important, 6-3 in District 17-4A, where they’re solidly in third place. Elgin, fourth in the league at 4-4, was idle Tuesday night.
Lehman could have ended Tuesday night in a fourth-place tie with the big game coming up at San Marcos, but the Lobos lost a squeaker at home against Manor, 45-42. The Lobos rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter to make the game close, but couldn’t pull themselves over the hump. Lehman now is fifth place at 3-5 in the district and 13-13 overall.
However, the Lobos remain in the thick of the competition. If they can knock off San Marcos Friday night, they’ve still got a good chance to make the playoffs from a district that will put four teams into the postseason. Next Tuesday, the Lobos play at home against Del Valle, which remains unbeaten in the district at 8-0. Next Friday, though, they will go head to head at home against Elgin, then they close out the regular season with a game at Hays on Feb. 17.
The Rebels gave Del Valle all it could handle Tuesday night at Oran Bales Gymnasium, but fell to 2-7 in the district with a 43-40 loss. The Rebels dropped to 14-14 overall. Just as Del Valle rallied for a 55-53 win at the Snake Pit on Jan. 23, it came back from a 29-26 deficit after three quarters Tuesday night at Hays. Vince Sorrells led the Rebels with 13 points, while Ed Franco added 12.
Hays retains an outside shot at making the playoffs. The Rebels must win their remaining three games, including a victory of three points or more against Lehman, then Elgin must lose all its remaining games and Lehman must lose every game except its meeting against Elgin.
Manor is riding second in the district at 7-2, just a game ahead of San Marcos. Both teams are still mathematically alive to swipe the district from Del Valle, which is 20-8 overall to go with its 8-0 performance within the league. Lockhart is on the bottom of the district, 1-19 overall and 0-9 in the league.
On the girls’ side, the Rattlers trounced Lockhart, 58-34, in the Snake Pit Tuesday night after taking an 11-1 lead through one quarter and a 34-14 lead at halftime.
The victory brought the Rattlers up to 4-6 in the district, tied for fourth place with Lehman after the Lobos absorbed a tough loss, 48-41, at Manor. The Mustangs trampled Lehman 19-9 in the first quarter and the Lobos couldn’t ever catch up. The Lobos are 14-16 overall, while San Marcos is 17-13 overall. Lockhart, by the way, dropped to 3-25 overall and 0-10 in the district.
The race for the final playoff spot from the district truly will boil down to San Marcos and Lehman, particularly their game Friday night in Kyle. Though both teams are 4-6 in the district, the Rattlers hold the tiebreaker at the moment for winning the only head-to-head meeting so far.
The only other team with a chance to crash that party is Elgin (2-8 in the district), but the Wildcats would fall out of that possibility with a loss Friday night at state-ranked Hays, which will close out its regular season with that game at home needing only a win in that game to clinch the district outright.
The Rebels could have clinched the district Tuesday night, but ran into a highly committed opponent at Del Valle, which kept its chance to catch them in a tie for the district title with a 66-60 win. Shanay Washington, who is headed to Baylor, scored 29 points with 12 rebounds to key the Del Valle win.
Del Valle could still tie Hays for the district title if it wins its last two games and Hays loses its finale Friday night at home against Elgin. So, the Rebels, ranked third in Class 4A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) and 13th by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), remain in control.
The Tuesday night loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Hays, which also had won 13 of its last 14 and 21 of its last 23. The Rebels are 28-4 overall and 10-1 in the league. Del Valle is 24-5 and 8-2, clinching a playoff spot with its win against the Rebels. Manor is third in the district at 8-3.