By Spencer Spilman
The Lehman Lady Lobos basketball team made the short drive across town looking to knock off cross-town rivals Hays Lady Rebels. While the game stayed relatively close throughout the first half, it was the Lady Rebels who ultimately ran away in the end, winning 72-45 at Bales Gym.
Hays jumped out to the early lead and never trailed in the game. The Lady Rebels got a pair of early three-pointers from both Karlie Schroeder and Gabriela Bosquez. Schroeder finished the night with a double-double, with 17 points. Bosquez scored all 12 of her points in the first half. Bosquez gave credit to the teams’ “ball movement.”
“We got the defense moving and didn’t settle for the first shot,” she said.
Lehman stayed in the game with its defense. The Lady Lobos racked up steals and turned them into fast-break points. Lady Lobos’ sophomore Crystal Montoya and senior Cheyenne Morgan pushed the ball in transition, while senior Lauren Fowler accumulated steals and hit shots from all over the court. Fowler finished with 19 points and helped keep Lehman within 10 points going into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Lady Rebels turned up the heat on offense. They crashed offensive glass, with every player on the team fighting for rebounds. Lehman sophomore guard Jaden Williams and junior guard Tara Ramsey played big inside, turning offensive rebounds into easy second-chance layups.
Ramsey scored 14 points for the Lady Rebels and almost finished with a double-double. Hays head coach Danny Preuss was extremely proud of his team’s effort on the offensive glass.
“The whole game it seemed like [we’re] always there, getting offensive rebounds, which led to a lot of easy layups,” Preuss said.
Lehman still had some fight left in them, as Fowler took over offensively. She got help from Kayla Johnson, who caught fire from outside the three-point line. But it was too little, too late, and Fowler was disappointed in herself, and her team.
“They just had better team chemistry than us. We have to learn how to keep our heads up and not get down on ourselves,” Fowler said.
Lady Lobos Coach Jamie Coy was not happy either.
“It’s just a lack of effort, and there’s no excuse for that,” Coy said.
Hays at Anderson
7:30 p.m. Friday
Lehman vs. Lake Travis
7:30 p.m. Friday