Rolling through District 17-4A, the girls basketball team at Hays High School is capturing attention throughout the state.
The latest poll from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) puts the Rebels 15th statewide in Class 4A. Del Valle, which is second to Hays in the district at the moment, is ranked 17th. Other nearby schools mentioned on the poll are Cibolo Steele (sixth) and Schertz Clemens (19th).
The Rebels are third in Class 4A on the newest poll from the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA), trailing only top-ranked Mansfield Timberview and No. 2 Canyon. Other schools in the area to make those rankings are Steele (seventh), Austin LBJ (11th) and Del Valle (17th).
The Rebels ran their record to 25-3 Tuesday night with an easy 70-39 win at Lockhart, improving their district record to 7-0. The Hays lead is up to two games in the district with five to play because Del Valle lost to Manor, 60-49, Tuesday night. Del Valle and Manor now are tied for second at 5-2.
The big question now concerns which team will capture the fourth and final playoff spot from District 17-4A. Lehman took a big step Tuesday night, breaking out of a three-way tie with San Marcos and Elgin after defeating Elgin at home, 54-37.
Uncharacteristically for Lehman, the game began as a track meet, with the Lobos taking a 22-20 lead through one quarter. But Lehman settled into its tough defense and held Elgin to single digits in each of the final three quarters. BriAnna Garza led the Lobos with 21 points.
The Lobos now are 3-4 in the district, alone in fourth place. San Marcos, which didn’t play Tuesday night, holds fifth at 2-4, while Elgin is sixth at 2-5.
However, the Lehman boys team dropped in the standings Tuesday night with its 60-45 loss at Elgin. The Wildcats held Lehman scoring machine Kenny Weber to six points.
The victory moved Elgin into a third-place tie with San Marcos, each at 3-2. Meanwhile, Del Valle took sole leadership in the district Tuesday night with a 62-45 win against Manor. Del Valle is 5-0 in the league, while Manor drops to second at 4-1.
Hays made a move to enter the playoff picture in boys basketball after its 59-48 Tuesday night win against cellar-dwelling Lockhart at Oran Bales Gymnasium. The Rebels took a 14-3 lead after one quarter, then let Lockhart storm back and claim a 23-17 halftime lead.
Apparently sensing that the rest of the season would mean nothing if they couldn’t handle a home game against opposition that was winless in the district, Hays filled it up with 21 points in each of the last two quarters to win going away. Ed Franco led Hays with 25 points, followed by Vince Sorrells with 13.
The Rebels now are 2-3 in the district, one game off the playoff radar. Lehman fell to 1-4 in the league. The Rebels will play at Lehman Friday night on the boys side, while the Lehman girls will visit Hays.
San Marcos, which didn’t play on the boys or girls sides Tuesday night, will tangle with Del Valle Friday. The boys team will play at home, while the girls will go on the road.