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.
Earl Diddleâs voice was hoarse after all the screaming he did in each of the five practices the Hawks have had the last three days.
The Howard College womenâs basketball coach said the Hawks have been working hard, evidenced from Diddleâs hoarse voice. But itâs probably warranted considering the 27 days in between games for the Hawks.
The drought ends against South Mountain Community College at 2 p.m. Saturday in Phoenix. Itâs the first of three games in Phoenix. Matchups against Phoenix College at 2 p.m. Sunday and Glenndale Community
Mary Tatum Holiday Classic at Reagan County High School
Ballinger 74, Coahoma 45
Next game: Coahoma vs. Reagan County-Grape Creek winner at 1:30 p.m. today
Irion County 54, Coahoma 36
Next game: Monahans vs. Coahoma at noon today
Sterling City tournament
Sands 61, TLC Academy 43
Sands 52, Miles 40
Sands 41, Sterling City 36
Records: Sands (16-4)
- Blake Thomasson was named Tournametnt MVP and Landon Parker made the All-Tournament team.
Next game: Sands vs. Borden County on Tuesday in Gail