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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports ■BHIUnicorns win one of two at tourneyNB beats Brenham, falls short to Denton By Bryan Adams Sports Editor New Braunfels’ girls soccer team began the Unicorn Tournament with a 4-3 win over Brenham Friday morning, but suffered a 4-1 loss to Denton Friday afternoon. In the win over Brenham, Rat 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 18-yards away that hit the post and ricocheted in. “That game was influenced by the weather. It was cold and very windy,” 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 noses.” NB starting defender Caitlin Buchanan suffered a minor concussion in the first game and did not play in the second game. Speck, who is NB’s starting sweeper, collided 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 to midfield. The Unicorns (2-2) produced two shots on goal in the game. “They (Denton) played really good defense back there, and we just weren’t able to finish. When we got the ball in their zone, which wasn’t very many times, they got it right back,” Dressen said. “They play a very physical game and they're just a tough team.” 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 1-1. Saturday January ll, 2003 IB In the second half, Denton scored on a penalty kick with 30:42 on the clock and then added two goals less than a minute apart. NB plays Kerrville Tivy at 10:30 a.m. and Austin Lake Travis at 4:30 p.m. today. The Unicorns also learned Friday they will lose two supporting players and one starter for three weeks — including three district games — because of non-satisfac-tory grades. “Everybody is going to have to step and make up for those loses,” Dressen said. ‘Itll be a true test of character, but I think this team has the ability to do that.” 'V'v DAVID INGRAM/Herald-ZeitungNew Braunfels forward Kelsey Ford (7) fights off a Brenham defender during Friday’s game at Unicom Stadium. Coogs win ugly Canyon beats Bastrop 59-44 to keep up in district race By Bryan Adams Sports Editor K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels guard Matt Hogue (30) shoots over two Dripping Springs defenders during Friday’s game at NBHS. Hogue scored a career-high 34 points in a 76-66 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 Friday night in a 76-66 win over Dripping Springs. Hogue finished with a career-high 34 points and Winters added 20 — 16 in the second half — as NB evened its District 25-4A record to 2-2 after starting 0-2. “It (the win) feels great,” Hogue said. “It’s a totally different feeling than last year because we didn’t win our second district game until the last game of the season. ‘This year we’re in the playoff hunt and we’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.” The Unicorns (17-5, 2-2) were feeling good about themselves in the first half after taking a 30-20 lead midway through the second period. But, the Tigers (11-13, 1-3) went on a 13-4 run to take a 35-34 advantage with 27 seconds left before halftime. “We couldn’t get as much penetration as we were getting before so we had to rely on some of our outside shots,” Hogue said. “But we had Boomer (Jose Bustos) down low working pretty hard and we got him the ball.” Bustos was fouled with 12 seconds remaining before the half. He made l-of-2 free throws, but TVavis Coleman’s three-pointer at the buzzer gave Dripping Springs a 38-35 halftime lead. NB came out hot in the second half as Hogue stole a pass and dunked the ball at the other end. Moments later Hogue was fouled, he made l-of-2 free throws, and after a Dripping Springs basket, Hogue followed with another penetrating layup through the Tigers’ zone defense. “When you’re playing with that much energy and scoring like that, nothing’s going to make me tired,” Hogue said. “But this was a team effort. I don’t want to take all the credit. The team effort is what won the game for us.” Winters came back with a three-pointer 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 three-pointer, 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 Bustos 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 NB’s two-point loss to Del Valle this past week in which the Unicorns shot only one free throw the entire game. ‘We don’t even think about that (the Del Valle game),” NE head coach Victor Sierra said. “We just said, ‘We put ourselves in a hole, but we know we can compete in this district’, and we put it behind us.” After taking a 62-60 lead, NB went on a 9-0 run to take a 71-60 advantage. Next up for the Unicorns at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday is a battle with cross-town rival Canyon at Ben Hardy Gymnasium. “They’re (Canyon) playing really hard right now, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.” Hogue said. Not too many teams can shoot 23 percent from the floor in the first three periods, turn the ball over 20 times and still come away with a victory. But, that’s exactly what the Canyon Cougarettes did Friday night as they beat Bastrop 59-44. “We were lucky,” Canyon head coach Terry Tennell said. “We were not focused and we didn’t play very well at all.” 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. Canyon’s secrets to success Friday were free throws and defense. The Cougarettes swiped 15 steals, forced 30 Bastrop turnovers and out-rebounded the Lady Bears 35-17 (17-5 in the second half). “At times we played pretty well on defense,” Tennell said. “But when you’re not getting five players to play in sync, you’re going to struggle. Tonight we just didn’t click.” Canyon connected on 27-of-30 free throws (90 percent), including 18-of-19 in the second half and 13-of-13 in the fourth quarter. “We spend a lot of time at the free throw line in practice too,” Tennell said. “I tell kids the first day of their freshman year, you need to learn to shoot free throws. Somewhere down the line it’s going to win you a ball game.” Senior guard Erika Vargas 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 COUGARETTES/3B DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung After Canyon’s Bo Warm (24) steals the ball, Bastrop’s Paige Singleton (20) chases down the floor during Friday night’s game at Ben Hardy Cougar Den. The Cougarettes swiped 15 steals and forced 30 Bastrop turnovers to beat the Lady Bears 59-44. Canyon disposes of Dripping Springs 57-38 Pickelman, Grohman each get double-doubles From staff reports BASTROP — Canyon allowed just five points in the first half, led 27-5 at half-time and crusied to a 57-38 win over Bastrop Fnday night in District 25-4A action. Forward Zach Pickelman and center Jason Grohman each recorded doubledoubles for the Cougars (16-3 overall and 4-0 in district). Pickelman tallied a team-high 22 points and grabbed IO rebounds, while Grohman added 15 points and hauled in a team-high ll boards. Guard Jerome Davis had seven points. The Cougars remained tied with Del Valle (17-4, 4-0) for first place in District 25-4A after the Cardinals defeated Lock* hart 73-67 Friday night at home. Canyon next plays cross-town rival New Braunfels at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at home. ► NBHS gills DRIPPING SPRINGS — The New Braunfels girls basketball team lost to the league-leading Dripping Springs Lady Tigers 60-47 Friday night on the road. The Unicorns trailed by four with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter, but the state-ranked Lady Tigers pulled away for a 13-point 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 (15-7 overall, 4-2 in District 25-4A) next plays ^cross-town rival Canyon (15-6, 3-3) at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at NBHS. ► SVHSgiris The Smithson Valley girls basketball team shot 25 percent from the floor, but still improved to 2-1 in district play after beating Highlands 36-24 Friday mght at home. Seneca Guenther led the Rangers with 12 points. Smithson Valley (9-11 overall, 2-1 in District 27-5A) next plays Hariandale at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at home. ► Navarro HS girts The Navarro girls basketball team trailed 22-21 at halftime but rallied to beat Randolph 53-41 Friday night. Holly Albert led the Lady Panthers (10-8 overall, 5-2 in District 29-2A) with 17 points. Mary Stout chipped in 16 points and Usa Miller added nine points. Navarro next plays SASE at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at home. ;