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POST â The Big Spring Steers have had a little more than a week of preparation for their bi-district playoff game against Bowie Tuesday.
But the way they ended the regular season â a 69-54 loss at Abilene Wylie â is still fresh in their minds. So head coach Cliff Thompson and the Steers didnât mind expressing how good a 74-58 win over Paducah felt, even if it was a playoff warm-up game.
âWe needed that after that Wylie game,â he said. âWe didnât play well. Paducah is a good team. Just Monday, they beat Seminole, who won their
3A district. We played well and that was good to see.â
POST â Youth and inexperience caught up with the Grady Lady Wildcats when they met No.14 Paducah in the girlsâ Class A, Division II area championship Friday.
âWe shot ourselves in the foot a lot,â Grady head coach Ken Hefner said.âBut itâs not a lack of effort. The kids played hard all year long. They did some great things. Itâs just disappointing to finish on a night like this.â
Paducah handed a 58-35 loss to the Lady Cats, whose playoff run ended after a win over Ropes in the bi-district round Tuesday.
Big Spring girlsâ track coach Nick Roberson canât hide the excitement when he talks about the team he has this year.
Thereâs talent across the board and a good mix of youth and experience.
âOur expectations for our team this year are at the highest level,â Roberson said. âI have one expectation for this team and thatâs to be very successful. For years, Iâve been building. I havenât had any senior leadership or any leaders to speak up. Now my young ones have grown up, and Iâve got some young ones behind them.â
Western Texas had nothing to play for in Thursdayâs matchup against Howard College in Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
Sometimes those are the most dangerous teams.
The Hawksâ comeback was a little too late as they fell to the Lady Westerners 55-53 in WJCAC action.
More importantly, the loss ties Howard with New Mexico Junior College for the fourth and final spot for the Region V Tournament. Both teams are at 5-5.
In a game that lacked scoring, it's fitting the biggest play of the night happened on the defensive end.
Ropes' fourth quarter push was stalled after Grady's Sarah Clay blocked Samantha Medrano's 3-pointer, which could have given the Lady Eagles a 31-30 lead with a little under a minute left in the game.
Instead Grady held on for the 31-28 win in Class A Division II bi-district playoff action and a date with No. 14 Paducah in the area round.
Clay, who also had a team-high eight points, came up big at the right time for the Lady Cats.
MIDLAND â The emotion was clear on the Howard College bench.
They didnât want to possibly meet No. 5 Midland College again in the regional tournament knowing they went 0-2 against the Chaps during the regular season.
So even though the Hawks were down 18 at one point and it looked like the conference leaders were going to prevail again, Carlos Emory came through.
Emory hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the game to cap off a Howard comeback, leading the Hawks to a 76-74 win over the Chaps Monday in Midland. The Hawks were down by 10 with a little more than two minutes left.
The Big Spring boysâ golf team is on the right path early this spring season.
The Steers are reveling in their first-place finish at the Big Spring Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Big Spring Country Club. The Steers shot a 622 as a team, with Blake Brormanâs 146 being the lowest score on the team.
Itâs the first tournament win for Big Spring golf â boys or girls â since 2004.
âItâs a good confidence builder, finally getting a team win under our belt,â Brorman said. âItâs a big deal and I think itâs going to play later on down the road knowing we can actually win one.â
ABILENE â The first quarter of Fridayâs game between Big Spring and Abilene Wylie was a lot like the final minutes of the first game between these two squads.
Heartbreaking for the Steers, uplifting for the Bulldogs.
With a chance to win the District 5-3A crown at stake, Big Spring fell to Wylie 69-54 on the road and for the second time this season.
In the first Big Spring-Wylie meeting on Jan. 28, the Bulldogsâ Lance Lindley hit a huge 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift his team past the Steers.
DENVER CITY â The Coahoma Bulldogs fell to Denver City Friday night on the road, 79-48.
The loss puts the Bulldogs at 3-10 in District 3-2A, while Denver City continues to rise.
Coahomaâs Tanner Ruiz had 16 points. Coahoma has one more chance to end the season on a good note with Post visiting Coahoma at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Denver City 79, Coahoma 48
Coahoma 13 18 7 11 - 48
Denver City 24 18 23 15 â 79
Coahoma â Tanner Ruiz 17, Aaron Acevedo 7
Records: Coahoma (11-16, 3-10)
Next game: Post at Coahoma, 6 p.m. Tuesday
The Big Spring Steers have been openly talking about a District 5-3A crown since day one.
Tonight is their chance to make sure they get a shot at it.
The Steers face Abilene Wylie in the second matchup of the season at 7:30 p.m. in Abilene with a chance to be district champions on the line.
âIâve mentioned it several times to them,â BSHS head coach Cliff Thompson said. âThey understand. I told them in the locker room after that first game our goal is to win the district championship. I just try to make sure they understand that we canât play uptight.â