28-6A play begins for girls’ teams

By Pat Turner

District 28-6A time has arrived in girls’ basketball.

It all begins this week and all 10 teams are looking to give it their best shot during the marathon.

It doesn’t matter how the teams fared during non-district, all that’s important now is succeeding through the 18-game schedule.

Some of the teams got off to quick starts during non-district play, including Clark  (12-1), Brandeis (10-1), O’Connor (10-4) and Holmes (10-3).

Marshall (7-5), Brennan (7-6) and Stevens (7-6) also go into non-district with winning records.

Clark won the Pharr Valley View Tournament and advanced to the finals of the Northside ISD Tournament before losing to Brandeis, 51-45.

The Broncos also had an impressive showing in the Allen Tournament, finishing second with the lone loss coming to Plano Prestonwood Christian.

Both teams are showing balance.

Brandeis is getting strong play from Claire Hale, who is averaging 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds a game, Alexis Parker-Guzman (11.2 points, 8.8 rebounds), Ariana Villa (11.4 points) and Kaia Herrera (10.0 points).

Clark, coming off a 53-32 win over Johnson, is receiving much of its punch from Ta’Niya Jackson, who is putting in 13.6 points a game, Jessica Paz Y Puente, Hailey Adams, Cassie Bell and Rachel Lee.

O’Connor is showing signs of being a strong contender with the combination of Nicole Hemphill (17 points, 7.8 rebounds), Carleigh Wenzel (12 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Shannon Bowden.

Holmes had bright spots in non-district while finishing second in the Corpus Christi ISD Tournament. The Huskies also fared well in the Floresville Tournament with the only loss coming to 28-6A opponent Taft (6-7), which also went 4-1 in the tournament.

Holmes tune-up for district play this past week with a 76-30 win over Highlands.

Holmes is receiving much of its contributions from Lanay Wheaton (14.0 points), Alissa Martinez and Larissa Sanchez.

Brennan went through its ups and downs during a highly-competitive non-district schedule, but coach Jaclyn Contreras saw improvement along the way while competing in talent-stacked Allen Tournament.

That progress showed this past week during the Bears’ victories over Madison (48-29) and Harlan (50-30) behind the shooting of Anyssa Anderson, Carrington Jones, Giana Steward, Alani Flores and Jillian Torres.

Contreras is hoping the early tests make a difference in 28-6A as the Bears are looking to improve on last year’s 9-20, 4-14 season.

“We’ve come a long way from last year,” Contreras said. “Last year we didn’t play a lot of team ball. That’s our theme this year, playing team ball and working together. We’re fighting together.

“We fought in the Allen Tournament. We only won one game, but we fought hard every game against great teams. It was a great experience and I think we brought it back with us.”

Stevens has shown signs of being a playoff contender. This past week, the Falcons lost to Churchill, but bounced back with a 35-31 win over East Central behind a 20-point performance from Destiny Jenkins.

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