Utterly harrassing halfcourt detense, the hallmark of Hays High School girls basketball for the last 15 years, not only lifted the Rebels to the District 17-4A title Friday night, but it also set the stage for a protege program at Lehman to reach the playoffs.
The Rebels, coached by Donny McDonald, hung a 64-29 beating on Elgin at Oran Bales Gymnasium in their final game of the regular season, The Lobos, coached by longtime McDonald assistant Danny Preuss, demolished San Marcos, 56-36, in the Lobo Den, strenghening their chance of advancing to the postseason.
The Lehman victory improved its record to 5-6 in the district, good for fourth place in a league that will send four teams to the playoffs. San Marcos fell to 4-7 in the district.
The Lobos showed up ready, jumping to a 13-1 lead and keeping San Marcos off balance for the rest of the game. Lehman made its first five three-point shots of the night.
The Lehman defense forced San Marcos into 30 turnovers. At no point in the game did San Marcos come closer than 12 points behind. The game ended as a sharp contrast with the meeting between these two teams in January, when San Marcos put up a 30-24 win on its home court.
Chanelle Williams led Lehman with 17 points. The Lobos had lost their previous six games against Lehman.
Now 13-16 overall, Lehman would clinch the final playoff spot in District 17-4A with a win or a San Marcos loss Tuesday night. The Lobos will play at Del Valle, while San Marcos plays at home against Manor. A San Marcos win and a Lehman loss Tuesday night would throw the final playoff spot into a tiebreaker.
Hays improved to 11-1 in the district and 29-4 overall by virtue of trouncing Elgin. Needing only a win against a second-division team in the district, Hays scored the first 10 points Friday night and won going away,
Shelby Calabrese led the Rebels with 13 points, followed by 10 for Kaitlyn Barnes and Angeleigh Davis. The Rebels built a lead as large as 37-8 into the third quarter.
The Rebels are going back to the playoffs after missing last season for the first time in 12 years.Email | Print