The Hays Rebels advanced to the Region III girls high school basketball finals Friday night, but their prize is a tough one.
To advance to the state tournament for the second time in this decades, the Rebels must beat Del Valle Saturday in the fourth game between those clubs this season.
The Rebels defeated Angelton, 48-44, Friday evening in a Region III semifinal game at Coleman Coliseum in Spring Branch.
The Rebels appeared to be in firm control with leads of 18-13 after one quarter and 30-23 at half. However, Angelton came back to within 36-34 at the end of the third quarter.
Hays soon enough expanded its lead again due to its defense, which held Angelton to only one point in the next four minutes. A basket by Chrissy Arias gave the Rebels a 42-35 lead halfway through the fourth quarter.
Angeleigh Davis led the Rebels with 17 points. The Rebels improved to 33-4, while Angelton fell to 27-9.
Hays will play Del Valle at 4 p.m. Saturday in Spring Branch for the Region III title and a berth in the state tournament next weekend in Austin. Hays last went to the state tournament in 2001.
The regional championship will pit two teams from District 17-4A, showing that an Austin-area distrtict was the best in a Houston-area region. The Rebels won District 17-4A with an 11-1 record in the league, followed by Del Valle at 10-2.
Two of Hays’ four losses this year came at the hands of Del Valle. The Cardinals beat Hays by 11 in the semifinals of the Bastrop Tournament at the end of December. On Jan. 9, the Rebels established their leadership in District 17-4A with a 52-35 thumping of Del Valle at Oran Bales Gymnasium. However, the Cardinals got Hays back in Del Valle on Feb. 3 with a 66-60 win in Del Valle when Hays had all but clinched the district.
Another Hays loss came against Pflugerville, which beat the Rebels in the championship game of the Rebel Classic in December. Pflugerville advanced to the elite eight in Class 5A Friday night with a 57-41 win against Harlingen South.Email | Print