Archive - Sports Article
January 27th, 2011
The Howard College menâs and womenâs basketball teams are in action today against Western Junior College Athletic Conference foe Odessa College.
The Howard women start things off at 5:45 p.m. in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on Howard Collegeâs campus and the menâs game follows at 7:45 p.m.
The No. 21 Howard men (13-6, 3-2) may need a win the most. The Hawks are coming off a 88-77 loss to Western Texas College in Snyder, being burnt by the Westernersâ Deverell Biggs for 31 points.
LENORAH â Grady did its best to deliver the knockout punch to Sands in a matchup of two top 10 teams.
It was the Mustangs, however, who delivered the final blow.
In a wild back and forth contest, No. 9 Sands upended No. 10 Grady 48-47 Tuesday at Wildcat Gym in Lenorah in District 8A, Division II action.
Both teams are playoff bound, but the win gives Sands the easier path to the district championship, especially since the Mustangs beat Grady at home earlier this season.
MONAHANS â Cerbi Ritcheyâs 20 points powered the Big Spring Lady Steers past Monahans 55-43 in non-district action.
Throughout District 5-3A play, the Lady Steers had been in a shooting slump, but with the win over Snyder Friday and Mondayâs win over Monahans, Big Spring seems headed in the right direction with Abilene Wylie on tap at home.
Diamond Mayes chipped in 10 points while Mackenzie Stone hit two 3-pointers. The gave Big Spring its 17th of the season.
Big Spring 55, Monahans 43
Big Spring 16 15 11 12 - 55
Monahans 7 10 12 14 â 43
COAHOMA â Forsan was out to get a sweep of Coahoma Tuesday night, but the Bulldogs denied that bid.
Coahoma edged Forsan 64-63 at home Tuesday for their third win in District 3-2A play.
Both teams werenât short of scoring. For Coahoma, Sheigh Cravens had 19 points and Tanner Ruiz had 18. The Buffaloes hit 12 3-pointers in Tuesdayâs game, with Patrick Roblesâ four being the most. The only quarter that didnât have both teams score in double digits was the first, when Coahoma had 16, but Forsan had nine.
SNYDER â No one was bigger than Deverell Biggs in Western Texas Collegeâs 88-77 win over Howard College Monday.
The guardâs 31 points powered the Westerners past the Hawks, but Howard College head coach Mark Adams isnât quick to forget the other four players who scored in double figures against his team.
âIt was a great team effort so youâd hate to give too much credit to one player when the team played so well,â he said.
Biggs was 10 of 14 from the field, 5 of 8 from the 3-point line and a thorn in the Hawksâ side all night.
SNYDER â The Howard College womenâs basketball team had reason to be encouraged at the end of a sloppy first half against Western Texas College, considering the Lady Westerners werenât doing much better.
That was because the Hawksâ defense stayed steady throughout Tuesdayâs game, and once the offense woke up, Howard College had a firm grip on the game.
Apparently, the Big Spring Lady Steers made up their minds in practice Wednesday they werenât going to fall to 0-4 in District 5-3A play.
Whatever was said then, it definitely gave Big Spring a much-needed spark as the Lady Steers upended Snyder 59-53 Friday in Steer Gym.
âWe were just determined,â BSHS center Cerbi Ritchey said. âIn practice on Wednesday, we decided âHey, weâre tired of this and this isnât our team. So weâre going to practice hard and weâre going to play hard.â So we did. We played like we practiced this week and it really paid off.â
One thing Big Spring boysâ basketball coach Cliff Thompson noticed in the Steersâ 85-49 win over Snyder Friday was how packed the gym was
Maybe the newly-ranked No. 24 Steers are getting a little bit more attention than they thought they would at this point in the season.
Howard College athletic director Britt Smith has announced the forfeit of two men's basketball games because the Hawks inadvertently played an ineligible player in the Mesa Shootout over the winter break.
The forfeits change the Hawks' overall record from 15-3 to 13-5. They are 3-1 in conference play in the western zone of Region 5.
"The player's eligibility has since been re-established and he has returned to the team. The eligibility issue was a communication error within the athletic department and the student athlete was not at fault," Smith said.
Earl Diddle wasnât lying when he told his team every game will be decided by the last few possessions in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.
While the last few possessions in the New Mexico Junior College game didnât go exactly as planned, the last few in Howard Collegeâs 74-71 win over No. 6 Midland Thursday earned them one of the biggest victories of the season.