GORMAN – Courtney Flanagan, Payton Billue and Breeana Raffaele each scored in double figures to lead the Santo Ladycats to a 53-48 victory over San Saba here Tuesday night in a girls’ Class A, Region II, Division I quarterfinal game.
The win advances to the Ladycats (22-8) to the regional tournament in Abilene.
Santo will face Ivanhoe Sam Rayburn at 3 p.m. Friday in the regional semifinals at Abilene Christian University.
A Santo win would advance the Ladycats to the regional championship game, which will be played at noon Saturday at ACU. The winner of the regional championship game advances to the state tournament in Austin.
Flanagan led the Ladycats with 13 points. She has led Santo in scoring in both playoff games this year. Billue added 11 points, with Raffaele finishing with 10.
“It was a great game and a great team effort,” Ladycats head coach Tony Raffaele said.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were Chase Howard with eight points, Taylor Nemesis with four, Callie Wharton with three, and Jami Trotter and Madison Lasagne, each with two.
Santo led 13-12 after the opening period and built a 30-26lead at the half. The Ladycats went on a 13-8 run in the third period to take a 43-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
Strawn 85, Coolidge 52
HICO – For the second year in a row, the Strawn Lady Hounds will advance to the regional tournament in Tyler.
Paced by 26 points from Jayde Price, the Lady Hounds ran past Coolidge, 85-52, here Tuesday night in a girls’ Class A, Region III, Division II quarterfinal contest.
The win advances the Ladycats to the regional semifinals at Tyler Junior College. Strawn will face Saltillo at 10 a.m. Friday at TJC’s Wagstaff Gym.
A Strawn win would advance the Lady Hounds to the regional final which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at TJC. The winner of Saturday’s regional final will advance to the state tournament in Austin.
Also scoring for Strawn (23-9) were Jacqueline Berumen with 17 points, Cidney Pollock and Tearany Atkins, each with 15, Shelly Abbott with eight and Kallie Hodgkins with four.
Strawn led 18-11 after the first quarter and went on a 24-7 run in the second period to take a commanding 42-18 lead at the half.
Strawn outscored Coolidge 23-19 in the third period to take a 65-37 lead into the fourth quarter.
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After over a month of speculation, the Ram faithful have a new leader in which to place their hope.
Friday night, the Mineral Wells ISD Board of Trustees announced their decision to hire Waco Midway's Co-Offensive Coordinator Gerald Perry as the new Athletic Director and head football coach of Mineral Wells High School.
The Mineral Wells Lady Rams (14-3) got everything they hoped for and more in the opening day of the Mineral Wells Tournament, Thursday, at Kessler Field. They swept the competition in a triple-header and dealt with a wide variety of situations, overcoming each.
Gordon, Strawn fill up all-district hoops teams
The All-District 17-1A-II teams for both boys and girls basketball have been announced and rivals Gordon and Strawn have left an indelible mark on the 2013-24 edition with the two schools combining for six players on the boys team and a whopping 11 girls receiving honors.
Lady Rams Softball begins MW Tourney
Hot off of a 5-1 showing at the Wichita Falls Tournament, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball team (11-3) will open tournament play against quality competition again today from the comfort of their own home.
Four Ladycats garner top 11-1A-I awards
Palo Pinto County's most successful basketball team of the 2013-14 season can now add a bushel of accolades to an already memorable, Regional Championship year.
MW boys place third, girls seventh at Ram Relays
The Mineral Wells boys and girls track teams were on full display, Saturday, in front of a hometown crowd at the Ram Relays as the varsity girls team took seventh place with 42 point and the varsity boys finished third with 90 points.
State slips away
ABILENE – It wasn't the way a community pictured their season ending.
Fresh off of a thrilling 69-65, double-overtime victory over Ira in the regional semifinals, the Graford Jackrabbits' (27-4) bid for their first trip to the state tournament since 2012 fell short Saturday afternoon with a 58-25 loss at the hands of the Water Valley Wildcats (27-5) in the Class 1A-Division II Regional Finals at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.
Weathering the storm
The 2013-14 season epitomized growth for the Mineral Wells Rams basketball team. Under the tutelage of head coach Aaron Pappas, the Rams played to a 6-4 record in District 6-3A, clinching a third place finish and a fourth-straight playoff appearance.
Graford's Wimberly named 11-1A-II Offensive POY
A successful 2013-14 campaign for the Graford Lady Rabbits basketball team was capped off last week with the announcement that senior point guard Syndey Wimberly was named "Offensive Player of the Year" by district coaches. The district runner-up Lady Rabbits also placed five girls on the All-District 11-!A-II team.
Graford outlasts Ira, 69-65 (2OT), advances to Regional Finals
ABILENE -- "Survive and advance" is the name of the game come tournament time. And with their backs against the wall, the Graford Jackrabbits (27-3) did just that, holding off the Ira Bulldogs, 69-65, in double-overtime in the Class 1A-Division II Regional Semifinals at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.
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