San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

January 31st, 2009
Hays clinches district tie by beating Snakes


On another night when they stormed their own court in Oran Bales Gymnasium, the Hays High School girls basketball team clinched at least a tie for the District 17-4A title Friday night with a 65-39 win against San Marcos.

The Rebels dominated from beginning to end, holding leads of 18-9 through one quarter, 33-18 through two and 46-23 through three. E.J. Joyner played a prosperous game for the Rebels, leading all scorers with 18 points.

The win improved Hays’ record to 28-3 overall and 10-0 in the district. Only Del Valle (23-5, 7-2) still has any chance to catch the Rebels, but the Rebels can quash that possibility Tuesday night, when those two teams meet at Del Valle. The Rebels will finish their regular season next Friday night with a home game against Elgin.

Hays continues as one of the best regarded Class 4A girls basketball teams across Texas. The Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) rates the Rebels third statewide in Class 4A, while the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) places them 13th in Class 4A.

Though the Rattlers ended the game 3-6 in the district, they’re a long way from finished. At fifth place in a district that will send four teams to the playoffs, San Marcos is one game behind fourth-place Lehman.  The Lobos had Friday night off.

The Rattlers beat Lehman, 30-24, earlier this year in the Snake Pit, and those teams will meet next Friday night at Lehman. If the Rattlers win that game, they will be very well positioned to enter the playoffs. First, though, they must win Tuesday night at home against Lockhart, which has yet to win a district game.

Jasmine Williams led the San Marcos scoring Friday night with 13 points.

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