Author: Evan Ren

BCP Podcast No. 83: Brock coach Shawna Lavender joins the show to talk hoops with Evan and Dan

With the surviving area girls teams heading into their various regional tournaments and the boys moving into the area round, Evan and Daniel to take a look at the most recent area results and pairings.

Tonight, they are joined by Brock coach Shawna Lavender, whose Lady Eagles will be facing Idalou in the Region I-3A tournament in Plainview on Friday.  

 

GAME STORY: Haskell overcomes 20-plus turnovers to eliminate Christoval, advance to regional

COLORADO CITY — When one pressure basketball team meets another, something chaotic can often emerge. And in the case of Haskell’s 60-46 win over Christoval, there was scarcely enough time for either side to think things through. 

So frenetic was Tuesday’s Region I-2A quarterfinal, that the Maidens survived more than 20 turnovers and a huge mid-game rally by Christoval to win by double-digits.

Landry Hanson scored 25 points, including a 12-of-17 effort from the free-throw line and Delaney Hanson added 10 more to lead eighth-ranked Haskell (31-3) which now advances to face 10th-ranked Panhandle (30-5) in the regional semifinals.

Christoval was led by Allison Vaughn with 16 points and Kallie Montalvo with 10. The Lady Cougars closed their campaign at 23-11 

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GAME STORY: Eastland advances with 47-25 bi-district win over Anson

BRECKENRIDGE —A big scoring night from Behren Morton and a solid team defensive effort carried the Eastland Mavericks into the area round in Monday’s 47-25 bi-district win over Anson. 

Morton scored 17 points and Cooper Wright added 13 more to lead Eastland (16-13) which awaits the winner of Tolar and Childress for the area title.  The Mavericks never allowed more than eight points in any quarter, and led from the 4:20 mark of the first quarter until the final buzzer.  

Anson, which got seven points from Gavin Williams and six from Dylyn Pyle, closed its season at 17-15. 

“We were able to get some matchups that were to our advantage and to hold some really good, quality offensive guys down,” Eastland coach Doug Galyean said. “(Anson) has some really good shooters and we just didn’t allow them to get very many good looks. Just credit our kids for playing hard and getting after it.” 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cisco’s Hearne has huge night in home finale

What better way to say goodbye to the home folks than with a career night? 

Cisco senior Gibson Hearne, who has been one of the area’s top players for the better part of two years, did exactly that last week in a 112-49 win over Comanche is the Loboes’ home finale. 

Get this: 35 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.  

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EVAN REN: This week in Big Country girls basketball (Feb. 24-March 1)

We’re a week into postseason play and the fields have been narrowed to 32 teams statewide in each classification. 

Following the regional quarterfinals on Monday and Tuesday evening, we’ll be in the Texas equivalent to the Sweet 16, where regional titles will be decided in far-flung places all over the state.  

Let’s take a quick peek at what this week has to offer in the Big Country: 

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GAME STORY: Brock defense keys area round win over stubborn Eastland

STEPHENVILLE — As many playoff games do, Friday’s Class 3A area round matchup between Eastland and perennial power Brock came down to defensive stops and which team could produce the most of them. 

Brock, which has made a living on solid defense for years, gained the upper hand on that side of the court and advanced with a 52-40 win at Stephenville High School. 

Olivia Lewis tossed in 14 points and Torrye Tyler added 13 more to lead Brock (29-7), which will face Nocona (20-8) in the Region I quarterfinals next week. 

Eastland, which stubbornly remained within striking distance throughout the evening, was led by Macy McGaha with 13 points and Hannah Jordan with 12. The Lady Mavericks closed the season at 23-13. 

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FEATURE: Brock’s Tyler a junior to be reckoned with

BROCK — She’s only 17. She’s only a 5-foot-7 junior. And she’s been tasked with leading one of the top girls basketball programs in the state through what other schools may have called a “rebuilding” year. 

Yet heading into Friday’s Region I-3A area-round game with Eastland, Brock’s Torrye Tyler has produced some of the best all-around numbers of any player in the Big Country Preps coverage area. 

A 19.9-point scoring average (ranked second by Big Country Preps), combined with 3.7 assists (seventh by BCP) and 3.1 steals (21st) bear witness to how impactful she has been in a 28-7 Brock campaign that has seen this perennial power continue to roll. 

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BCP Podcast No. 82: Evan, Daniel talk girls and boys playoff basketball

With the area girls heading into the area round of the playoffs and the boys settling their final tiebreakers to determine seeding, it’s time for Evan and Daniel to take a good look around the area. 

All the top favorites, all the top surprises and what they’re up against will be this week’s topic of conversation. 

GAME STORY: Haskell boys retire Tee Pee with a win … barely.

HASKELL — It was viewed by some as a going-away party, marking the final night of basketball in Haskell’s Tee Pee, with struggling Cross Plains serving as the sacrificial lamb. 

Someone forgot to give the Buffaloes the memo. 

Instead, Tuesday’s District 8-2A matchup saw the Buffs crash the party and nearly send the Tee Pee (opened in 1956) off on a losing note. Haskell hung on for a 50-46 win, but not before Cross Plains rallied from deficits of 15-8 in the first half and 40-23 in the second. 

Cutter Medford scored 21 points and Landry Olson added 11 more to lead Haskell (13-19, 7-3), which saw a 17-point third-quarter lead whittled to five by the 2:05 mark of the fourth.

Casen Conlee and Caleb Hernandez led the way for Cross Plains, which finished its season at 6-20 and 2-8. 

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GAME STORY: Lady Mavericks use defense to eliminate C-City, advance to area round

CLYDE— The most painful loss of the year is often the last one. And in Monday’s Class 3A bi-district matchup between Eastland and Colorado City, it was the C-City locker room that had a somber tone in the game’s aftermath. 

Backed by intense half-court defensive pressure that limited C-City standout Mia Monroe to just four points, the Lady Mavericks advanced with a 45-33 win at Clyde High School. 

Makena Moreno score 11 points and Jordan Mayes added eight more to lead Eastland (23-12), which held the Lady Wolves to just nine points after halftime. The Lady Mavericks now advance to face the winner of Tuesday’s bi-district matchup between Brock (27-7) and Holliday (18-13) in the area round. 

Colorado City (23-9) was led by Kaci Hudson with 12 points and Kirsten Koch with eight. 

“We started off playing a little zone and then we started playing some man (to man),” Eastland coach Troy Doyle said. “In the second half, we ran a little half-court trap and that gave them some problems.” 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK Brownwood’s McCarty earns this week’s top spot

He might be better known as a football player. 

But Baylor-bound defensive back Adonis McCarty Jr. is more than capable of lighting things up on the hardcourt as well. Just ask Glen Rose and Mineral Wells, both of which were torched by the BHS senior last week. 

Averaging 25.5 points and 7.5 rebounds through two games, McCarty helped Brownwood clinch the district title with a 33-point, eight-rebound, five-assist performance in a 71-67 win over Glen Rose. 

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EVAN REN: This week in Big Country girls basketball (Feb. 17-23)

The first round of the playoffs are here, with a slate of 14 area games on Monday night and 15 on Tuesday. 

By Friday the field will be cut in half throughout most brackets and by this time next week, we’ll be looking at regional quarterfinal matchups to determine who’s going to the regional tournaments. 

Let’s take a quick peek at the headliners.  

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FEATURE: Coahoma’s Caitlyn Corley works her way to collegiate ranks while helping CHS to playoffs

Photos courtesy of Lyndal Moody

COAHOMA — Now in her senior year at Coahoma, Caitlyn Corley is one of the most unlikely stories in the Big Country for 2020. 

While gradually working her way to a position of prominence from her freshmen year to today in a struggling basketball program, Corley had two big goals to reach before someone handed her a diploma. First, she wanted to help Coahoma snap a playoff drought that dated back to 2016. Secondly, she wanted a collegiate program to take notice of her and allow her to play at the next level. 

Both missions have been accomplished. 

Not only is Coahoma (21-10) set to play Cisco (26-6) in a Class 3A bi-district matchup on Monday, but Corley has also been spotted on the collegiate radar screen. Having officially committed to Sul Ross State, the 18-year-old will join the SRSU basketball program later this year. 

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GAME STORY: Eula escapes Baird with district-clinching win

BAIRD — When perennial power Eula came to Baird on Friday with a No. 7 statewide ranking and a 24-5 record, few gave the upstart Bears, with three players overcoming illnesses, much of a shot. 

By evening’s end, however, the Pirates were counting themselves as fortunate to escape with a 58-47 win and Eula coach Josh Fostel was pleased to see his top-seeded crew get a much-needed challenge. 

Jayton Jones scored 21 points, including six 3-pointers and David Phillips dropped in 18 more to lead Eula (25-5, 9-0 District 20-1A), which locked up the district title with the win. 

Baird (15-6, 7-2), which whittled a 27-point first-half deficit to only four by the 3:00 mark of the fourth quarter, was led by Max Dayton with 13 points and Aaron Halburton with 11. 

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FEATURE: Reynolds, O’Shields giving basketball touch to football-heavy Hawley

HAWLEY — It could be argued that the Hawley basketball team is more a collection of highly athletic football players than a refined group of hoopsters.

That point has been made, and in some circles, it’s even agreed upon. 

But there are two undeniable facts about this Hawley club that may push it deep into postseason play. Firstly, the Bearcats, regardless of style, are good — entering Friday’s game at Haskell with a 12-7 overall record and a 6-2 mark in District 8-2A. 

Secondly, the backcourt tandem of Jaron Reynolds and Kason O’Shields has enough basketball polish to compensate for any lack of finesse Hawley’s bruising frontcourt may have. But they are not carrying as much of the load as one may think.

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BIG COUNTRY BOYS STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Feb. 13)

Big Country Preps publishes area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders each Thursday at 7 p.m.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

Teams that do not submit their statistics in a given week will not be listed when our stats are posted, but will be added to the lists below as they are received in the coming days. 

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FEATURE: Haskell Maidens say goodbye to Teepee; boys to follow next week

HASKELL — Since 1956, the Haskell boys and girls basketball teams have been housed in what has often been described as the noisiest venue in the entire Big Country. 

Known unofficially in some circles as “The Teepee,” the Haskell gym, with its angled walls at the baseline and pitched roof, does bear some resemblance to the conical tents once used by Native American tribes of the Great Plains.

The sound inside, however, is closer to that of a 747 at takeoff than a powwow. 

Those days are rapidly coming to a close and by next week, the facility will have hosted its last varsity game. 

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GAME STORY: Brock sweeps Breckenridge in district doubleheader.

BROCK — The Breckenridge Buckaroos arrived in Brock ready to play on Tuesday, with a No. 2 seed in the playoffs in the balance. 

They left in third place, after seeing a strong early effort was gradually whittled away by a Brock inside game for which they had no solution in a 58-41 win for the Eagles. 

Brock’s win in the boys game capped a two-game varsity sweep for the Eagles, who also took the girls game 68-20 before the boys took the floor. 

Nathan Jones scored 15 points and Zane Cook added 12 more to pace Brock (24-9, 10-2), which holds a one-game lead on Breckenridge for the No. 2 seed in district with two games to play, along with a tie-breaker by virtue of a season sweep of the Buckaroos.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Priddy’s Evans takes award after leading Lady Pirates to district title

While the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches does not have the Priddy girls basketball team ranked at the moment, the Lady Pirates (20-7, 11-0 District 17-1A) are making enough noise to get noticed. 

And with last week’s sweep of Lometa (51-29) and Cherokee (59-52), it’s beginning to look as though PHS is capable of doing some postseason damage. 

Our Player of the Week, senior Linda Evans, led that charge with a combined 60 points through two games, including a 36-point effort with four assists in a district-title clinching win over Cherokee. 

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EVAN REN: This week in Big Country girls basketball (Feb. 10-16)

With the first round of the playoff slated to begin Feb. 17, we now enter the final week of the regular season on the girls side. 

By the end of the week, Big Country Preps will be gathering pairing information and monitoring area tie-breakers, of which there will be several. 

In the meantime, let’s have a quick look at what’s on tap:  

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FEATURE: Young Lady Hawks growing in new system under Richardson

WALL — When first-year Wall girls basketball coach Kevin Richardson was hired to replace the highly successful Tate Lombard in June, he knew he was being given the keys to a basketball Ferrari. 

He knew there would be expectations. He knew there would be pressure. 

And that’s just the way he wanted it. 

Lombard, who resigned last spring to join the staff of his father (legendary girls coach Joe Lombard) in Canyon, charted more than 200 wins and two Class 3A state titles during his tenure at Wall. 

That left Richardson with one of the toughest acts to follow in all of Texas high school girls basketball. 

Richardson, however, who had coached at Class 3A Canadian for 18 seasons prior to coming to WHS, was comfortable with it all. So comfortable, in fact, that he didn’t hesitate to introduce a new system at a place that had known nothing but success for decades. 

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FEATURE: Breckenridge’s Medina given the green light to attack at any time

BRECKENRIDGE — He has quietly become the top scorer in the Big Country, at least from the perspective of most area fans.

But make no mistake, opposing coaches are keenly aware of Breckenridge senior guard Aaryn Medina, and have utilized virtually every known method to slow him down, to no avail. 

Medina, who tops the area scoring chart with a 23.7 point-per-game average, may not be on your personal radar screen. Having missed much of last basketball season with a broken tibia suffered during football, his name seldom surfaced in media circles. And even after he did return, he was less than 100 percent while still recovering from the injury.

He is also notably efficient. So efficient, in fact, that he is taking a rather inconspicuous 15 shots per game — far fewer shots than most top scorers would take over the course of 32 minutes. 

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