New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Rangerettes top MF, improve record to 1-2Sports
Wednesday, November 27, 1991_HmM-Xmung, New BfunteH. Tem_Pan* 9A
Knights daze NB in 2nd half surge
By JOI BELK J
New Braunfels Coach Cliff Wilkins said he was proud of his team’s effort and intensity Tuesday night against McCallum. Against the Unicorns* schedule, however, he said effort and intensity won't always be enough.
"I’m encouraged by their effort and their attitude, and I’m proud of the kids for the way they played tonight," he said after the 97-83 loss to a very strong Austin McCallum group. "But the bottom line is we've got to have that plus execution, because we don’t play anybody easy."
That said, he believes the Unicorns have a chance to do that — to out-execute as well as out-hustle opponents, giving themselves an opportunity to defeat talented teams.
"I think this team’s got a chance, I really do,’ * Wilkins said.
In Tuesday’s game, the Unicorns showed signs of that, leading the Knights as late as the final minute of the first half.
"I think we surprised them a little bit," Wilkins said. "We showed them two different presses and two different zones, and forced a lot of turnovers. I wished we could have converted on more of them. In the first half, we were a little tentative offensively, even though we scored 42 points."
McCallum dominated the third quarter, before New Braunfels closed the gap with a late run.
"That was one of those situations where we just relaxed and let the game take over," he said. "The only thing is the scoreboard and the game and you. We got into a good rhythm there."
The Unicorns hit five three-pointers in the fourth quarter while trying to rally. Brett Riedel swished two of his team-high three treys in the fourth, while Michael Sierra — just out from football — added two from three-point range.
Wilkins said Sierra declined an offer to take a week off after the football season. Dustin Simons and James Sargent, two first-team all-district football players, will join the team after the Thanksgiving break.
"Eight points for Mike with one day of practice is not too bad," Wilkins said of Sierra.
The Unicorns had several strong individual performances. Isabell Bustos led the team with 22 points ami five steals, while John Drury added 19 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
Riedel, like Sierra a sophomore, scored 18 points.
"Brett’s going to be a fine ball player," Wilkins said. "He’s pretty good for a sophomore, isn't he?"Statistics
8lattan61-113, Under 123-627, Duncan 10-0 2, Brown 6 341*. Qraan 5 £-414, Mercer 4 0-010. FrMman 61-313. Scott 00-1 0. Jonas 0 OOO, Millslona 0 OO 0, Loa 0 OO 0, Fuier 00-00. Totals 4011-16 67.
IMW BRAUNFELS (66)
Bueloe 8 S*7 22. Smith 3 0-0 6, Drury 7 5-7 Ip. Celdwel 10C 3. Riedel 71-216. Sierra 3 OC 6, Overall 2 OC 4. Hudgins 0 0-0 0, lybrand 1 0-0 2. Roesch 0 1-4 1. Totals 32 12-2063.
McCallum 20 28 20 32 — 67
New Braunfels 20 22 IS 26 — 63
Fouled out: None. Total fouls: MoCaHum 16, Now Braunfels 17. Three-point goals— MoCaJtum: Brown 3, Mer oar 2, Green; New Braunfels: Riedel 3, Sierra 2, Bustos. CaklwaM.
Wilkins sometimes substituted five at a time, bringing varsity returners such as Sierra and Reagan Overall in with the second group. He said there wasn't a significant dropoff between the two.
"They’re shouldn’t be. I have confidence in all IO of them," he said. "With Dustin and James, I think we're going to have 12 that campily. It shouldn't drop off that much at all."
McCallum has made the playoffs in the Austin 4A district two years in a row, losing to the eventual state representative both times in Boerne and Alamo Heights.
The Knights, despite losing star Andre Harris, appear to be a very strong team again this season.
"They’ve got some firepower," Wilkins said.
The top McCallum players were point guard Chris Brown, who had 18 points and a phenomenal 14 assists; and 6-6 power forward Mike Linder, who had 27 points to lead all scorers.
"He was hard to stop," Wilkins said of Linder. "You have to help out on their little man (Brown) — he gets up there and hangs in the air until everyone falls off him, then he dumps off to (Linder).’*
He said Brown is a first-rate point guard, and the most dangerous player in the McCallum scheme.
"He made them go," Wilkins said. "There’s no doubt about that."
The Knight front line was a difficult matchup for New Braunfels, as it consisted of 6-4, 6-6 and 6-5 players. McCallum also brought a strong forward off the bench in Anthony Freeman, along with combination guard Damien Mercer. Those two players were among six Knight players to score in double figures.
New Braunfels got strong scoring performances from starters Bustos, Drury and Riedel, along with solid play from point guard Andy Caldwell, Wilkins said. He said he was very pleased with the way the team pulled together during the comeback attempt.
New Braunfels’ Brett Riedel avoids McCallum star guard Chris Brown on a drive to the basket. Riedel, a sophomore, scored 18 points in the Unicorns’ loss to the state-ranked Knights. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
He said the team is likely to improve once certain aspects of its system become more familiar.
"Really and truly, that was the first
time we had run some multiple things," Wilkins said. "There was some confusion that I don't think we'll have (from now on)."
"We’ve got a lot to look forward to, if we can maintain some consistency and get a lot more polished," he said.Coogs get 1st victory
The Canyon Cougars took momentum with them into the Thanksgiving break, picking up their first tin of the season at home against Randolph Tuesday night.
"We needed a tin in a bad way." Calyon Cooch Kenny Rootier said after the 67-61 victory. "I told them, ’Let’s build on this win and make it the start of something.”*Statistics
Cany w 67, Rands Iph 61
CANYON: Ceride* 21. Buano 20. Hearer-Sal3. SoeioSS.Krueger 8, Jonas 2_
The Cougars are now 1-3, but Roilier said they could almost just as easily be 3-1. Canyon lost close games at Southside and to a playoff team in Kennedy, before losing by 14 on Monday to the state's top-ranked 3A team, Gonzales.
"Gonzales is really the only team that handled us, and we even kept that respectable," Rotzler said. "It’s nice to get that first win. though."
Brian Caddell led the Cougars with 21 points, and point guard Anthony Bueno added a season-high 20. Todd Hanzelka also had a season-high * uh 13 points.
"Anthony played a great game and Brian played a great game." Router said. "Todd Hanzelka came off the bench and just played a super game. He's been playing some real solid basketball for us."
Michael Krueger added five points and seven rebounds for Canyon, and Anc Bostick scored six points.
It was the first game of the season for a Randolph team which Roilier believes will only get better.
"They were very athletic." he said. "I was glad to catch them their first timeout.’’
He said that in addition to being good athletes, the Ro-Hawks enjoyed a size advantage on Canyon.
"I think everyone we play is going to have a size advantage on us." he said, adding that it gave the players good confidence to beat a team like that.
Randolph will be in the Canyon Classic in December, and Rouier said he expects the Ro-Hawks to be a much tougher team at dial time.
The Cougars hit seven three-pointers against Randolph, and also played well on the defensive end of the court.
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Mustangs rally to beat Rangers
Mincemoyer leads SY with 16
MARBLE FALLS — A sick Snuihson Valley team without us center kept a lead against Marble Falls until late in the game, but the Mustangs rallied to win by hitting their free throws in the fourth quarter
"They hit a couple of big baskets down the stretch, and a lot of free throws," Smithson Valley Coach Sieve Dement said. after Marble Falls went 10-of-14 from the line rn ihc fourth quarter while the Rangers did not go to the stripe ‘ 'They just kind of caught up with us. They went lo the basket more than we did rn the fourth quarter "
Marble Falls went on lo win the game 55-49. giving the Rangcis (2-1) their first setback of the young season
Snuihson Valley lost us lead despite lune I our lh-quai lei pout!* from Jut Henuig. who scored all of hts points on three fourth quarter trey*,
Phil Muiccmoyer led the Rangers in sconiig with 16 poilus, rn what Dement said was an extremely good effort.
"Hu! picked up a lot of the acor mg slack." hr said
Galen Church missed the game after hyper ex tending hrs foot, Mid the abience of the 6-6 center hurt Smith
Mw Wa Falls SS. Smithson V allay 46
SMITHSON VALLEY Mtnoamuyoi 16. Heiring 0, Long 0. Boerne* 0, Johnson 0. Kemp 2
son Valley as Marble Falls’ big man broke loose for 24 points
"Definitely not having anyone (taller than) 6-2 hurt us." Dement said, adding that Brian Johnson played well offensively in place of Church.
He said what hun the Rangers more than the absence of Church was (xxv shooting
"When we’re riot shooting the ball well, which we weren’t, we’ve got to play harder in other areas," Dement said. "We’ve got to do a belter (of* of defense and rebounding,
"We were just flat With the estop lion of Hill, not*nly else was clicking No matter what we did, we were a step slow ojiytune we did it."
He said he wasn't too wonted about die lenin‘i fir st loss, and dun the players should put It (last them "Ai far as I'm concerned, it's dead and gone That's wha! I mid diem," Dement said. "There are going to he games like thai every once rn a while "
The Smithson Valley Rangerettes won their first game of the season on Tuesday, with Coach Teri Eubank saying that the team’s leading scorer had no idea how many points she had.
"I asked diana (Anzpc) how many points she sewed, and she didn’t know and wasn’t worried about it," Eubank said after the Rangerettes’ 49-37 victory against Marble Falls. "That’s the kind of team we have this year. We won, and that was the goal of the evening."
Arizpe led the Rangerettes with 26 points, giving the Smithson Valley junior consecutive games of at least 20 points — she scored 23 against Tivy on Friday.
Eubank said Arizpe started die game driving down die left baseline, at one point convening three consecutive due*-point plays. Then, when given some distance by the defense, she started flitting shots from die wing.
"She has the drive and she lias the jump shot," Eubank said. "Shi's got such a quick first step dun she can play any defense. Site’s going to put in one or the odier "
Tiffany Priesenlialin returned from an ankle injury, scoring eight points rn a strong effort
"She said it’s die shoes," Eubank said. noting dial Prtesenfiahn said site fell better in her new high tops.
"I was real impressed with Tiffany,’’ the coach said. "She realized that Ii uuia was sewing the points, so she concentrated on doing the tidier things."
The result of that was a strong all-around game, as Friesenhahn had nine
Smithson Valley 46, Marble Falls 37
SMITHSON VALLEY: Arizpo 26. Fdoton behn 8. Barr 4, Smite 4, Boss 3. Richey 2 Marring 2_
rebounds and five assists in addition to forcing nine turnovers and shooting 40 percent from the field.
"I’m real impressed with Tiffany. She’s there for her team,’’ Eubank said. "A lot of people who are as good as she is might not (respond) that way."
The 49 points scored by the Rangerettes was a good total, Eubank said, for a number of reasons. One was that Marble Falls ran a zone the entire game, something that had always frustrated Smithson Valley in die past. Also, there were not a lot of fouls called — die Rangerettes went to the free throw line six times "So 49 points was actually fir city good," Eubank said.
Defensively, Smithson Valley also played well, starling the game widi a 15-5 run while holding Marble Falls to duce first fialf field goals AU of if lose were layups off die press.
"in the durd quarter, we started running Mane diner em presses, so they scored some points," site said "But we were doing die same dung ai die other end, so it was no big deal' ’ AU of die Ranger tile players Maaed iii the game, and Eubank said everyone played well. Dam Barr Itad a strong game inside widi duce off ch* sive rebounds, and poult guard Heath*
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(Hana Arizpe scored a season-high 26 points In Tuesday a Rangerette victory, giving the junior forward a total of 49 points in the past two games. (Photo by Bill Ervin)