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January 14th, 2011
HOBBS, N.M. â The Howard College womenâs basketball team scratched and clawed its way back into a tough game against New Mexico Junior College Thursday night, but ultimately, a few key turnovers doomed the Hawks in a 76-70 loss in overtime.
The Hawks (15-4, 1-1 in WJCAC play) were down by 10 deep into the second half, but made a push to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Lady T-Birds (15-3, 1-0) had a chance to steal the win with the last shot of the second half, but as soon as that was off the mark, Howard had a chance.
While the Coahoma boys are coming off their first win in District 3-2A play, the girls are hoping to get the bad taste out of their mouths from Tuesdayâs loss to Lubbock Roosevelt. Both teams are on the road against Colorado City today. The girls play at 6 p.m. And the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Both Forsan teams couldnât get wins over Stanton at home, but theyâll have a chance for redemption at Slaton today. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
After practice Thursday, Big Spring guard Luke Adams and boysâ basketball coach Cliff Thompson caught themselves in a conversation, mapping out different scenarios of how the Steers can clinch a playoff berth or, even better, win District 5-3A.
Actually, itâs been a recurring topic among the Steers this week.
Howard College womenâs basketball head coach Earl Diddle believes New Mexico Junior College is the team to beat in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.
Thereâs reason to believe him, too, the way he describes the Lady Thunderbirds.
âI really feel that theyâre one of the top teams in the league,â Diddle said. âThey beat South Plains by 20 in the (WJCAC Pre-Conference Tournament). They pose a lot of problems for us. They shoot the 3 well and they have very, very good inside play. So they pose a lot of problems for everyone in the league.â
FORSAN â Forsan girlsâ basketball coach Robert Hillger didnât have much explanation for Tuesdayâs 44-41 loss to Stanton at home.
He said Stanton beat Forsan fair and square.
âI couldnât figure out our identity Tuesday. At the beginning of the game, really the first half, weâre pushing and running and theyâre making shots and weâre not. We like to push and run and we were down five (at the half) anyway, so I was like âAlright, weâre going to slow down the pace of the game. Weâre going to dictate what we want to do and not let them dictate what we want to do.â
The defending national champions just needed a little bit of daylight.
In Mondayâs WJCAC opener, South Plains looked like the better team for most of the game, but once Howard College found an opportunity to steal a win, the Hawks didnât waste it.
âWe feel like we just got outplayed for three-fourths of the game,â Howard head coach Mark Adams said. âBut the last eight minutes, we showed some aggression. We were much more physical with South Plains and we hit some big shots.â
Excuse the Howard College womenâs basketball team for feeling a little thwarted in Mondayâs WJCAC opener against South Plains.
The Hawks didnât see a 2-3 zone defense at all in their first meeting with the Lady Texans in the WJCAC Pre-Conference Tournament, and they hadnât seen one in a while. So they were a little surprised to see it Monday night.
âIt kind of threw us off a little bit, but we got it under control,â said Twyla Ards, who had 10 points.
Big Spring girlsâ basketball coach Mike Warren knows not many are picking the Lady Steers to win District 5-3A. The âfavoritesâ title belongs to their opponents at 6 p.m. today at Abilene Wylie.
Warren is more comfortable in the role of spoiler and believes his team has a chance to turn some heads,too.
âI think itâs up for grabs and I think Wylieâs going to get beat,â he said of how District 5-3A might play out. âI think anything can happen. I think Brownwood can knock off Wylie and we can, too. I think itâs important to win your home games and defend your home court.
Itâs not uncommon to see college football apparel throughout West Texas, or anywhere in Texas for that matter. Stickers, jerseys and shirts are just a few things fans use to display their pride.
But in Big Spring, the No.17 in maroon is just a little more popular these days. Texas A&M quarterback and Big Spring native Ryan Tannehill is just a little more popular these days.
While Big Spring boysâ basketball head coach Cliff Thompson is counting down the days until District 5-3A play begins, heâs also making sure the Steers are fully equipped for the ride.
That includes making sure every aspect of his team is at its highest level before that Jan. 14 matchup at Brownwood and adding a few new wrinkles to the offense.
The Steers have been adding new plays and hope to test them in tonightâs game against Lubbock Cooper at 7:30 p.m. in Steer Gym.