Now that the bi-district round of the UIL basketball playoffs is in the books for girls’ teams, let’s get you caught up on where teams of interest to our coverage are going, or have been.
Marion beat Yoakum 58-50 Tuesday in Lockhart to advance into the area round of the 3A Region 4 bracket. The Bulldogs got some big performances from underclassmen seeing their first significant playoff action as varsity players. A couple of noteworthy items in that department…
1) Freshman posts Kyana Fennell and Rachel Farris both made huge contributions in the paint. Fennell led Marion in scoring with 14 points and also collected nine rebounds. Farris pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.
2) Sophomore guard Deidra Reasorfinished with eight points, and connected on 6-of-8 free throws in the second half after Marion’s lead was large enough that Yoakum had to resort to fouling. Quite a display of calm nerves for such a young player.
It should also be noted that while senior guard Reyna Noriega only shot 3-16 in scoring her 11 points, she did lead the Bulldogs with five assists and three steals, and showed poise and calm in directing traffic and handling the ball when Yoakum went into its full-court press late in the game. Fellow senior guard Ashley Jacobsen finished with nine points. Can’t have too many senior guards during a playoff run.
Looking at the other playoff teams in District 27-3A: Luling has already been eliminated. After claiming the #3 playoff seed out of a three-way logjam involving the Eagles, LaVernia, and Poteet, Luling fell 48-47 in a Monday bi-district game to 28-3A runner-up Edna. District champion Sam Houston received a first-round bye and will face Stafford (who beat Smithville 51-39 Tuesday) in the area round.
Let’s also check in on District 27-4A – Seguin’s district – and see how the Matadors best opponents from this past season are doing. If anybody thought the Mats played in a tough league this winter, they were correct. All four playoff qualifiers from 27-4A advanced through the bi-district round. Steele routed Kennedy 72-44, Kerrville-Tivy edged Brackenridge 46-43, New Braunfels-Canyon blew out Lanier 73-47, and Boerne-Champion made easy work of Burbank 53-31 to advance.
It seems weird to be talking girls’ playoff basketball and not include Navarro in the discussion, but a number of personnel changes on coach Darrell Harborth’s roster just before the season turned it into a rebuilding year for the young Panthers. Looking at the teams that did make the playoffs in District 28-2A…champion Poth (sound familiar?) received a first-round bye. Nixon-Smiley was eliminated in the bi-district round 47-45 by Harper, and as of this posting, no final had been reported for Tuesday’s bi-district game between Karnes City and Randolph.