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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 ext 223 SPORTS Saturday January IB Unicorns win one of two at tourney NB beats Brenham falls short to Denton BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor New Braunfels girls soccer team began the Unicorn Tournament with a 43 win over Brenham Fri day morning but suffered a 41 loss to Denton Friday afternoon In the win over Brenham Kat Speck scored two goals on two assists from Kayla Thornton Kelsey Ford also scored a goal with an assist from Jennifer Shumway and Tracey Whitley blasted an unas sisted goal from 18yards away that hit the post and ricocheted in That game was influenced by the weather It was cold and very NB head coach Al Dressen said In the first half when we had the wind at our backs we were all over them The second half was a little more even because we had the wind blowing up our NB starting defender Caitlin Buchanan suffered a minor con cussion in the first game and did not play in the second game Speck who is NBs starting sweeper col lided with a Denton player less than four minutes into the game and did not return due to a bruised ankle To compensate Dressen moved midfielder Jennifer Shumway to sweeper Whitley to fullback and Thornton tomidfield The Unicorns 22 produced two shots on goal in the game They Denton played really good defense back there and we just werent able to finish When we got the ball in their zone which wasnt very many times they got it right Dressen said They play a very physical game and theyre just a tough With less than a minute to play in the first half Kayla Olson tapped in a crossing pass from Reina Rivera to tie the game at 11 In the second half Denton scored on a penalty kick with on the clock and then added two goals less than a minute apart NB plays Kerrville Tivy at and Austin Lake Travis at today The Unicorns also learned Fri day they will lose two supporting players and one starter for three weeks including three district games because of nonsatisfac tory grades Everybody is going to have to step and make up for those Dressen said Itll be a true test of character but I think this team has the ability to do DAVID New Braunfels forward Kelsey Ford 7 fights off a Brenham defender during Fridays game at Unicom Stadium K JESSIE New Braunfels guard Matt Hogue 30 shoots over two Dripping Springs defenders during Fridays game at NBHS Hogue scored a careerhigh 34 points in a 7666 win NB holds off DS gets even in district Hogue Winters combine for 54 BY BRETT BACA Staff Writer New Braunfels senior guards Greg Winters and Matt Hogue combined for 54 of the Unicorns 76 points Fri day night in a 7666 win over Dripping Springs Hogue finished with a careerhigh 34 points and Winters added 20 in the second as NB evened its District 254A record to 2 2 after starting 02 It the win feels Hogue said Its a totally dif ferent feeling than last year because we didnt win our sec ond district game until the last game of the season This year were in the play off hunt and were feeling pretty good about The Unicorns 175 22 were feeling good about them selves in the first half after taking a 3020 lead midway through the second period But the Tigers 1113 13 went on a 134 run to take a 3534 advantage with 27 sec onds left before halftime We couldnt get as much penetration as we were get ting before so we had to rely on some of our outside Hogue said But we had Boomer Jose Bustos down low working pretty hard and we got him the Bustos was fouled with 12 seconds remaining before the half He made lof2 free throws but Travis Colemans threepointer at the buzzer gave Dripping Springs a 3835 halftime lead NB came out hot in the sec ond half as Hogue stole a pass and dunked the ball at the other end Moments later Hogue was fouled he made lof2 free throws and after a Dripping Springs basket Hogue followed with another penetrating layup through the Tigers zone defense When youre playing with that much energy and scor ing like that nothings going to make me Hogue said But this was a team effort I dont want to take all the credit The team effort is what won the game for Winters came back with a threepointer to tie the game at 43 and Hogue tied it up again at 45 with a cutting baseline assist from Jeff Moore Winters drained another threepointer and after a steal by Bustos at the other end Winters scored on an inside move to increase the Unicorns lead to five In the fourth the Tigers opened the frame with a layup to cut the lead to one but Bus tos was fouled down low in what would become a series of free throw attempts for NB In all NB shot 18 free throws in the final frame to Dripping Springs two The advantage almost made up for NBs twopoint loss to Del Valle this past week in which the Unicorns shot only one free throw the entire game We dont even think about that the Del Valle NB head coach Victor Sierra said We just said We put ourselves in a hole but we know we can compete in this district1 and we put it behind After taking a 6260 lead NB went on a 90 run to take a 7160 advantage Next up for the Unicorns at Tuesday is a battle with crosstown rival Canyon at Ben Hardy Gymnasium Theyre Canyon playing really hard right now and were looking forward to the Hogue said Coogs win ugly Canyon beats Bastrop 5944 to keep up in district race BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor Not too many teams can shoot 23 percent from the floor in the first three peri ods turn the ball over 20 times and still come away with a victory But thats exactly what the Canyon Cougarettes did Friday night as they beat Bastrop 5944 We were Canyon head coach Terry Tennell said We were not focused and we didnt play very weU at If the Cougarettes came down with some kind of 24 minute shooting virus it must have been contagious Bastrop shot 23 percent 7 of 30 from the floor in the first three quarters Canyons secrets to suc cess Friday were free throws and defense The Cougarettes swiped 15 steals forced 30 Bastrop turnovers and outrebound ed the Lady Bears 3517 175 in the second At times we played pret ty well on Tennell said But when youre not getting five players to play in sync youre going to struggle Tonight we just didnt Canyon connected on 27 of30 free throws 90 per including 18of19in the second half and 13of 13 in the fourth quarter We spend a lot of time at the free throw line in prac tice Tennell said I tell kids the first day of their freshman year you need to learn to shoot free throws Somewhere down the line its going to win you a ball Senior guard Erika Var gas scored 13 of her game high 23 points in the fourth quarter and drained all eight of her free throw attempts in the second half See DAVID After Canyons Bo Warm 24 steals the ball Bastrops Paige Singleton 20 chases down the floor during Friday nights game at Ben Hardy Cougar Den The Cougarettes swiped 15 steals and forced 30 Bastrop turnovers to beat the Lady Bears 5944 Canyon disposes of Dripping Springs 5738 Pickelman Grohman each get doubledoubles FROM STAFF REPORTS BASTROP Canyon allowed just five points in the first half led 275 at half time and crusied to a 5738 win over Bastrop Friday night in District 254A action Forward Zach Pickelman and center Jason Grohman each recorded double doubles for the Cougars 163 overall and 40 in Pickelman tallied a teamhigh 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Grohman added 15 points and hauled in a teamhigh 11 boards Guard Jerome Davis had seven points The Cougars remained tied with Del Valle 174 40 for first place in District 254A after the Cardinals defeated Lock hart 7367 Friday night at home Canyon next plays crosstown rival New Braunfels at Tuesday at home MBHS girts DRIPPING SPRINGS The New Braunfels girls basketball team lost to the leagueleading Dripping Springs Lady Tigers 6047 Friday night on the road The Unicorns trailed by four with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter but the stateranked Lady Tigers pulled away for a 13point win Erica Wendell led the Unicorns with 13 points Mollie Brawner poured in 12 points and Claire Buck added six points Audrey Fischer also had five points New Braunfels 157 overall 42 in District 254A next rival Canyon 156 33 at Tuesday at NBHS The Smithson Valley girls basketball team shot 25 percent from the floor but still improved to 21 in district play after beating Highlands 3624 Friday night at home Seneca Guenther led the Rangers with 12 points Srnithson Valley 911 overall 21 in District 275A next plays Harlandale at Tuesday at home MavatroHS girts The Navarro girls basketball team trailed 2221 at halftime but rallied to beat Randolph 5341 Friday night Holly Albeit led the Lady Panthers 108 overall 52 in District 292A with 17 points Mary Stout chipped in 16 points and Lisa Miller added nine points Navarro next plays SASE at Tuesday at home
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