Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

February 21, 2013

Lady Hounds earn trip to A-II regional tournament

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Mineral Wells Index

— CLIFTON – Jayde Price scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Strawn Lady Hounds to a decisive 65-48 victory over Frost Tuesday night here in a girls’ Class A, Division II, regional quarterfinal game.

The win advances the Lady Hounds (30-6) to the regional tournament semifinals at Tyler College. The Lady Hounds will play at 3 p.m. Friday against state-ranked No. 1 Saltillo.

“Shelly Abbott did an outstanding job handling Frost’s full court, intense pressure the entire game,” Lady Hounds head coach Joe Crabb said. “Shelly had 10 assist while only committing two turnovers, which is unreal considering how effective their pressure is.  

“They rely on their defensive pressure to make teams turn the ball over to provide them with offense, and Shelly was determined to not let that happen.”

Price also recorded five assists and five blocks.

“Another big game from Jayde, especially from the free throw line (12 of 13),” Crabb said. “Jacqueline Berumen continued her outstanding outside shooting going four of six from the three-point line, and Eva De Gregorio stepped up off the bench and contributed a very solid defensive performance when starter Tearany Atkins went down in the first quarter with an ankle sprain.  

“Our half court traps caused them a lot of problems and they turned the ball over several times. I was extremely pleased with the girls overall performance.

“We have a very tough task ahead of us facing Saltillo, they are huge and pose a lot of problems both offensively and defensively, but we are looking forward to the challenge”

Also scoring for Strawn were Berumen with 12 points, Abbott with nine, Cori Pollock with seven, De Gregorio with four and Atkins with three.

Ladycats eliminated

DUBLIN – Goldthwaite outscored Santo 16-11 in the fourth quarter on its way to a 46-41 win over the Santo Ladycats here Tuesday night in a girls’ Class A, Division I regional quarterfinal contest.

The Ladycats finish the season with a 28-5 record.

Breeana Raffaele led the Ladycats with 14 points, with Sarah Van Remmen adding 12.

“*I am very proud of our girls and the way they fought last night,” Ladycats head coach Tony Raffaele said. “We needed to attack the basket more and struggled in the first half, but never gave up and came out in the second half on fire.

“Sarah having three fouls in the first half limited us defensively against their six-foot post. When Sarah fouled out, it put us in a bind but the girls played as hard as they could.

“Bree had an outstanding game, especially in the second half. I am proud of her because the coach is the hardest on her. The emotional roller coaster takes its toll, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else or coaching anywhere else. Time to get back to work because everyone wants to beat us.”

Also scoring for the Ladycats were Payton Billue with six points, Taylor Nemeth with five, Courtney Flanagan with three and Megan MacPherson with one.

Santo boys advance

HAMILTON – Zamorris Cannon scored 16 points and Cooper Barling added 11 to lead the Santo Wildcats to a 68-53 win over San Saba here Tuesday night in a boys’ Class A, Division I bi-district playoff game.

Santo advances to the area round where they will play No. 5 Olney at 7 p.m. Friday at Jacksboro.

Also scoring for the ‘Cats (24-7) were Keith Chalker and Tim Long, each with 10 points, Christopher Hoover and Parker Conaway, each with eight, and Jordan Edwards with three.

Jackrabbits advance

ALBANY – Jose Paz scored 19 points, Dylan Hart added 14 and Tanner Hargrove finished with 11 as the trio led the No. 10 Graford Jackrabbits to a 65-49 victory over Roby here Tuesday night in a boys’ Class A, Division II bi-district playoff game.

The win elevates the ‘Rabbits to 25-7. Graford will face Crowell in the area playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Wichita Falls City View high School.

Tincher fans 14 as Rams win in opener

DECATUR – Mineral Wells senior pitcher Matt Tincher struck out 14 batters in six innings to lead the Rams to a 9-0 victory over Decatur here Tuesday in the baseball season opener.

The Rams will play two games at home today in a rotation tournament. MWHS will play at 11 a.m. against Bridgeport and at 4 p.m. against Burkburnett. The Rams will play at home at 11 a.m. (Saginaw Chisholm Trail) and at 6:30 p.m. (Sanger) on Friday.

Tincher allowed no walks, and Aaron Wheeler came on in relief in the seventh and allowed no runs with a pair of strikeouts.

Softball Lady Rams down Vernon

VERNON – Reagan Patterson swatted a solo home run and Kelsey Keeton had three hits and drove in three runs as the Mineral Wells Lady Rams defeated Vernon, 6-1, here Tuesday as MWHS raises its overall mark to 3-1.

The Lady Rams will play next at 8 a.m. Friday against Arlington at the Brewer tournament. MWHS will play at 10 a.m. Friday against Castleberry. Bracket play will begin on Saturday.

Keeton was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit while striking out five in three innings. Hope Patterson also pitched three innings, allowing no hits with a strikeout and two walks.

Allie Stephens finished in the circle, allowing a run on one hit with a walk in one inning.