The 7th Grade girls basketball A team was made up of Alexus Saldivar, Stormy Ramos, Alexsandra Gonzales, Maddie Nettleship, Micah Cox, McKenzie McBee, Katy Ingram, Maria Ramierez, and Mary Wright. B team::Angelica Perez, Rosa Montoya, Mykah McEnnerney, Riana Bass, Breeann Hellner, and Erin Sanders.
It was rare when all players were in attendance at the games. This proved a handicap, especially in workouts. These are hard working girls who give their best effort. And by and large an unselfish group.
The first game was at Early and it seemed their baskets had covers on them as there was little scoring. Early prevailed with only 15 points. Then Bangs came to town with a very good team and did a great job against San Saba winning 33-9.
Then Coleman came in and in a back and forth game, San Saba finally prevailed 17-12.
Early came in and San Saba did a great job, taking a 7 point lead into the fourth quarter. Then the wheels came off as turn overs and 100% missed baskets plus lack of rebounding let Early win the 4th quarter 11-0 and the game by 4 points.
A trip to Bangs the first victory for the B team and these young ladies shots all angles and distances. After losing by 24 in San Saba, the ladies played a very good game keeping the game with 1 or 2 points until the later minutes of the 4th quarter Bangs came with a basket off a rebound, a breakaway, and some free throws to win by 7. Bangs won our section if district with no losses. Their closest game thus far.
We finished the section by going to Coleman and not really showing up as the girls were beaten badly by a team they had beaten three weeks earlier. The first round ended 1-5. Same thing for the B team.
After the Christmas Holidays, San Saba worked out three days, then welcomed Hico. In a low scoring game, in which San Saba gave away a lot of height, San Saba prevailed 17-13.
Two days later was the San Saba Tournament.. The first game was against Brady who had only lost once and would easily win the tournament. Brady got out to quick 10 point lead, but never could extend it as San Saba got down to 5 but could never get any closer. Another good effort by the Ladies. Next game was Hico again and San Saba could not hit shots or free throws which enabled Hico to get the victory.
Next was a trip to Comanche. This was 4 games in 5 days with no workouts. At this time, Comanche had only lost one game. They were eventually beaten by Bangs a couple of times to come in third in the district. The two teams played a good game with neither shooting very well. Comanche used their height advantage to control the boards. San Saba was able to gain a short half time lead, but lost it in the second half as again shots would not fall and Comanche prevailed.
Next was a trip to Hamilton. The girls played good defense and got out to a 7 point lead going into the 4th quarter. When Hamilton started warming up, San Saba hit a 2 and a 3 to help hold off Hamilton for a 21-17 win. The first time San Saba scored over 17 points.
Then to Goldthwaite for a tournament. We played tournament winner Goldthwaite in the first game. We must have set a record for a high percentage of air balls. Despite this, San Saba stayed in the game with defense and rebounding with Goldthwaite prevailing 18-10. Because of sickness, SanSaba only had 5 A team girls available. In the home stretch of the last three games, San Saba started out with district champion Dublin. San Saba came out to play and made a game out the contest. San Saba broke the vaunted press of Dublin with ease and in a close game until the end, Dublin got a couple of baskets at the end to clinch the victory. San Saba had a great effort against a very good team.
Then to Hico where San Saba led until a bloody nose and a foul out took rebounding out of the game and Hico’s 6 ft. girl made 4 straight baskets to pull out the victory for Hico. San Saba’s girls kept playing good games, but coming up short.
Finally in the last game, everything came together as Hamilton came to town.. A defense that moved so good they looked like they were synchronized. Great offensive rebounding. And after all the bad shooting nights, nearly everything went in. A fantastic game for the Ladies as they came out on top 31-9. A great ending to the season.