Chazzell Robinson goes up for a dunk during the Big Spring Steers' game with Snyder Tuesday in Steer Gym. (HERALD photo/Tony Claxton)
The Big Spring Steers had a drama-free solution to a suspenseful situation.
The Steers left little doubt as to their qualifications for the state basketball playoffs Tuesday by taking a 61-44 win over Snyder that clinched a postseason berth for Big Spring.
Also Tuesday, the Big Spring Lady Steers closed out the regular season with 55-42 win over Snyder.
Heading into Tuesday's game, the Steers knew that if they won, they would clinch the last playoff spot from District 5-3A. Lose, however, and they could have missed the postseason altogether.
So they went with Option A.
The Steers (13-16 overall, 4-3 in District 5-3A play) rode the hot shooting hands of Marc Segundo and Chazell Robinson on offense and a stingy defense to the playoff-clinching win.
Big Spring set the tone early, scoring the game's first eight points, and never let the Tigers get any closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The biggest headaches for Snyder were Robinson and Segundo. Robinson, the Steers' post man, terrorized the Tigers inside while guard Segundo did most of his scoring from the perimeter. Robinson started the game with a hot hand, scoring six of his 17 points in the first quarter. Then, when Snyder adjusted by sagging its defense, that opened up things on the outside for Segundo and his fellow guards.
Segundo had 20 points â€” 12 on three-pointers â€” to lead all scorers.
â€śThey were great,â€ť BSHS Coach Cliff Thompson said of his leading scorers. â€śAt times this season, we haven't played consistent basketball for four quarters, but we did that tonight.â€ť
Thompson was understandably pleased that his team has been invited to the postseason party.
â€śClinching the playoffs was huge,â€ť he said. â€śWe're trying to build a tradition here â€”we want to be a team that expects and deserves to be in the playoffs year after year â€” and the guys have been willing to put in the work to make that happen.â€ť
Big Spring will face either Burkburnett or Wichita Falls Hirschi in the first round of the state Class 3A playoffs. No time or date has been set for the game.
Robbie rinehart and Armond Monroy each scored nine points to lead Snyder (11-14, 0-6).
The Steers conclude regular season play at home Friday when they face district champion Abilene Wylie. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
SNYDER (44) â€” Zach Harris 1 3-4 5; Brandon Davis 2 0-1 4; Felix Martinez 0 0-1 0; Malik Davis 4 0-2 8; Javon Brown 0 4-6 4; Robbie Rinehart 3 2-2 9; Armond Monroy 3 2-4 9; Spencer Williams 1 1-2 3; totals 14 12-22 44.
BIG SPRING (61) â€” Ty'ral Menefield 3 0-0 6; Marc Segundo 7 3-4 21; Tyler Graves 1 3-3 5; Richard Lewis 4 1-3 9; Ty Sealy 1 0-0 2; Chazell Robinson 7 2-3 16; totals 23 9-13 61.
Snyder 9 9 15 11 â€” 44
BSHS 15 18 14 14 â€” 61
Three-point goals â€” Snyder (Rinehart, Monroy), Big Spring (Segundo 4); Total fouls â€” Snyder 14, Big Spring 19; Fouled out â€” Brown; Technicals â€” Big Spring bench.
The Big Spring Lady Steers prepped for the Class 3A playoffs by shaking off a pesky Snyder squad in the regular season finale for both teams.
Big Spring jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, but the Lady Tigers rallied to pull within one point of the lead early in the second quarter.
The Lady Steers were able to extend their lead to seven points at the half, however, then put matters to rest with another 10-2 run, this one to open the second half, and maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the game.
Fittingly on Senior Night, it was seniors who led the way for Big Spring. Guard Bridgette Tuitt led all scorers with 16 points, while post players Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes contributed eight points each.
â€śGive Snyder some credit â€” they made us work for it,â€ť BSHS Coach Mike Warren said. â€śBut we were the better team tonight. We had a great defensive effort, especially in the second half.â€ť
Kandyce Freeman led Snyder (12-16, 1-7) with 11 points.
Big Spring (21-9, 4-4) can now turn its attention to the state Class 3A playoffs, where it will fact Burkburnett at a time and place to be determined. But Warren first wanted to celebrate his team's accomplishment.
â€śOur core group of seniors â€” Lashanta Anderson, Bridgette Tuitt, Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes â€” have been with us since they were freshmen, and we added McKenzie Stone and Ambra Hill through transfer,â€ť Warren said. â€śThey helped turn things around â€¦ Winning 21 games and going to the playoffs is just icing on the cake.â€ť
The Lady Steers will face Odessa Permian in a practice game Friday in Steer Gym. Game time is 6 p.m.
SNYDER (42) â€” Chelsea Lambaren 2 0-1 4; Heather Medrano 2 2-3 6; Ryanna Martinez 1 0-0 2; Sydney Parker 3 0-0 8; Kandyce Freeman 3 5-8 11; Zoi Malone 1 1-3 3; Jentri Driggers 0 6-7 6; Karyss McCullar1 0-0 2; totals 13 14-22 42.
BIG SPRING (55) â€” Ambra Hill 3 0-0 7; Logan Yarbar 0 2-2 2; Lashaunta Anderson 2 0-0 6; Dyrshae Vanderbilt 2 0-0 4; McKenzie Stone 1 0-0 2; Mary King 0 2-2 2; Bridgette Tuitt 4 8-10 16; Cerbi Ritchey 3 2-2 8; Diamond Mayes 3 2-2 8; totals 18 16-18 55.
Snyder 8 10 11 13 â€” 42
BSHS 13 12 17 13 â€” 55
Three-point goals â€” Snyder (Parker 2), Big Spring (Hill, Anderson 2); Total fouls â€” Snyder 14, Big Spring 20; Fouled out â€” none; Technicals â€” none.
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