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Brackenridge in good shape for 27-5A second round

January 8, 2019

In recent games, Brackenridge has been at its best in the second half.

Now the fourth-place Eagles (12-9, 5-3) hope to display the same type of closing ability as the District 27-5A season moves into its second half. With a 60-36 win over Alamo Heights (11-13, 3-5) Jan. 2 and a 74-37 decision against rival Burbank (10-15, 3-5) Jan. 4, Brackenridge has put itself in position to qualify for its fourth-consecutive playoff appearance.

“I would just say it’s our conditioning,” Brackenridge coach Tamiko Matthews said of the second-half surges. “The girls run a lot, and they had their legs the last couple of games. They told me they weren’t even tired.”

Brackenridge lost its first three district games to title contenders Highlands (16-11, 7-1), Sam Houston (17-9, 6-2) and Edison (16-8, 7-1). The schedule brings up wearying rematches as the Eagles next three games starting with a Friday, date against Highlands. After running the 27-5A gauntlet, Brackenridge will face fifth-place Lanier (12-12, 4-4) Jan. 22.

Conditioning, again, could be key to survive that stretch with playoff hopes intact.

“I’ve told them, ‘Just give it your best,’” Matthews said. “We may not always win, but what I want to make sure they’re doing is giving 110 percent.”

For the second round, the Eagles will go in with leading scorer and team sparkplug Skye Thomas healthy. Thomas fractured her nose in the Highlands game Dec. 7 and missed the next two games.

“Skye’s definitely a leader,” Matthews said. “I tell her she’s our razzle-dazzle.”

Thomas scored 10 points in the win over Alamo Heights, which the Eagles outscored 33-20 after halftime. Lily Zamora led Brackenridge with 16 points and nine steals. Genesis Teran contributed three steals to go with her 11 points. Freshman Nevea Rollins grabbed eight rebounds.

Against Burbank, Brackenridge added 18 points to its lead in the second half.

Zamora again led the Eagles, this time scoring 17 points. Thomas added 13 and senior Angelica Truque produced 11.

Ariana Zapata scored a game-high 26 points and claimed six rebounds for Burbank. Freshman Jade Williams recorded 16 rebounds.

“We started district 0-3 and a lot of them were feeling pressure,” Matthews said. “I told them, ‘You can’t focus on the past. You have to look ahead.’ I’m very proud of my team, for the cohesiveness they have.”

Sam Houston 62, Jefferson 39

The Hurricanes solidified their hold on third place in 27-5A by defeating Fox Tech (2-20, 0-8) 73-3 Jan. 2 and Jefferson Jan. 4. Both games were at Alamo Convocation Center.

Against Jefferson, Khadija Derry led Sam Houston with 21 points. Jalisa Wilson (15 points) and Kaliyah Brown (10) provided inside support for the Hurricanes.

The Mustangs received 14 points from junior Leah McGrew.

Highlands 72, Alamo Heights 50

The Owls held a share of first place in District 27-5A after defeating Jefferson (0-0, 0-0) 72-31 Jan. 2 and Alamo Heights Jan. 4.

Alexis Ytuarte led four Highlands double-digit scorers against Alamo Heights with 16 points. Lalya Mendoza (14 points), Ja’Tauria Miller (13) and Aizlyn Reyes (10) also were key contributors.

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