Author: Maverick16

GAME STORY: Fifth-ranked Lipan girls survive upset bid from No. 24 Gorman

GORMAN — When UIL realignment comes out, there’s always that one district people label the ‘District of Doom.’ District 19-1A is a strong candidate for that designation in its classification.

With three teams — No. 5 Lipan, No. 11 Huckabay and No. 24 Gorman — ranked in the top 25 and just four playoff spots available, every game is important.

Eking out a 43-40 victory during the final minute of the game Tuesday, the Lipan Lady Indians survived an upset bid from Gorman in the district opener to get an early leg up in the league race.

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Plowgirls hold off Highland to kick off doubleheader sweep

ROSCOE — A fast start in the first quarter was the difference in the game Tuesday as the Roscoe Plowgirls fended off the Highland Lady Hornets for a 41-30 victory.

The Plowgirls started the game hot, outscoring Highland 19-3 in the first quarter. Senior Bonnie Wilkinson led the early charge, scoring seven points during the first quarter.

Wilkinson suffered a lower leg injury late in the period, however, which would halt Roscoe’s momentum. Highland outscored Roscoe 12-4 in the second quarter to trim the Plowgirls’ lead to 23-15 at halftime.

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No. 4 Haskell girls rally past Eula 35-29

HASKELL — Down 22-20 to start the fourth quarter, the fourth-ranked Haskell Maidens scored 15 points over the final eight minutes to knock off the upset-minded Eula Lady Pirates in a 35-29 victory at the legendary Tee Pee.

Leading the way for the Maidens (7-1) was freshmen Melody Martinez, whose five-point outburst late in the fourth quarter helped put away Eula for good. C’Era Taylor, meanwhile, had a team-high eight points and two rebounds for Haskell.

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Christoval scores late to edge Cross Plains again

ROSCOE — Playing a rematch of September’s 27-26 nondistrict classic, Cross Plains and Christoval’s Region II-2A Division II bi-district playoff Friday was expected to be a competitive one. In the end, the sequel may have been better than the original.

In a game that went back and forth for all four quarters, it was the Christoval Cougars (8-3) who secured a 40-34 victory on Brayden Wilcox’s 13-yard touchdown run with 1:17 left in the game.

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No. 15 Eula girls pick up big win over 12th-ranked Gorman

After falling 47-37 to Goldthwaite on Saturday, the No. 15 Eula girls basketball team needed to rebound for a Top-15 matchup Tuesday night against the surging Gorman Lady Panthers. To say the Lady Pirates were able to rebound is an understatement.

Behind a double-double performance from center Abby Matties and the hot hand of Kailey Fenton, Eula was able to overcome a slow start to defeat No. 12 Gorman 47-23.

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Eula girls roll Hamlin in season opener

In an early-season girls basketball matchup featuring a pair of top-25 teams on Tuesday, the Eula Lady Pirates proved why they are considered one of the best Class 1A teams in the Big Country.

Behind and 18-point, seven-rebound effort by post Abbey Matties and an 11-point night by Anna Masonheimer, the eighth-ranked Lady Pirates (1-0) shut down the 22nd-ranked Hamlin Lady Pipers in a 63-23 victory.

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Baird, Cross Plains rivalry one of Big Country’s most storied

The Baird-Cross Plains matchup is not only the biggest rivalry for both programs, it’s among the longest and most hotly contested in the entire Big Country. The two Callahan County schools have met 85 times in a series that has spanned 94 years and has, in its history, decided playoff spots, district championships and county bragging rights.

This year’s bout between the two rivals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Stadium, could be for a playoff berth in a tough district that also features Albany, Hamlin, Haskell and Roscoe. The Bears will be looking to avenge the 52-0 loss they suffered last year — Cross Plains’ largest victory margin in the rivalry’s history.  

But to discover how the rivalry became so fierce and heated, one must travel back to the 1920s.

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