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In the know: Hallettsville, Waelder head to state tourney

By MIKE FORMAN
March 10, 2011 at 10 p.m.
Updated March 9, 2011 at 9:10 p.m.

Hallettsville senior guard Camp Dozier  practices Tuesday at Hallettsville High School. The Brahmas play Idalou Friday morning in a semifinal game of the Class 2A UIL State Basketball Tournament at the Erwin Center in Austin.

Hallettsville and Waelder had teams in the same summer basketball league last summer.

The Brahmas and Wildcats will be at the Erwin Center in Austin this weekend for the UIL state basketball tournament.

Hallettsville will be making its second straight appearance at the state tournament, and Waelder will be playing in the state tournament for the first time since 1978.

CLASS 2A SEMIFINAL

Hallettsville vs. Idalou, 8:30 a.m.

HALLETTSVILLE BRAHMAS

Record: 33-4. District 28-2A champion. Playoff wins over Boling (117-80), Cameron Yoe (78-68), Santa Rosa (71-47), and San Antonio Cole (44-37).

IDALOU WILDCATS

Record: 31-1. District 2-2A champion. Playoff wins over Denver City (81-44), Childress (73-35), Hico (72-51), and Muleshoe (76-47).

TEAM NOTES

Neither Hallettsville nor Idalou lost to a Class 2A team this season. Idalou's lone loss was to Class 3A Seminole in its third game of the season. Hallettsville lost to Class 4A Pearland Dawson, Class 3A Liberty Hill and Sweeny, and TAPPS Class 5A Austin St. Michael's. Idalou's football team won the Class 2A, Division II state championship. Hallettsville is ranked No. 5 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and Idalou is ranked No. 6. Hallettsville's Dante Haynes averages 21.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, Christian Wood-Dvorak averages 20.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game and Clayton O'Neill averages 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Hallettsville's Camp Dozier has made 50 3-pointers and averages 8.4 assists per game. Idalou's Luke Buckner averages 15.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, Riley Payne averages 15 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and Alec Estes averages 13.2 points and 5.1 assists per game.

HALLETTSVILLE COACH RICH DOZIER SAYS

"It's almost a mirror image of our team. It truly is an unusual and uncanny deal. They press, they run, they put pressure on offense, they put pressure on defense, they get to the hole, they try to get free throws. We just get to practice against ourselves this week."

"We're going to try and force turnovers and they're going to try and force turnovers and that will be the difference in the game."

DOZIER'S KEYS TO VICTORY

1. Limit our turnovers

2. Get to the free throw line

3. Create turnovers

WHAT'S NEXT

The Hallettsville-Idalou winner will play the winner of Friday's 10 a.m. semifinal between Melissa (36-1) and Tatum (31-7) in the championship game Saturday at 2 p.m.

CLASS 1A, DIVISION II SEMIFINAL

Waelder vs. Paducah, 2 p.m.

WAELDER WILDCATS

Record: 31-7. District 30-1A champion. Playoff wins over Leakey (53-40), San Perlita (57-45), Huckaby (67-56), and Kopperl (62-54 3OT).

PADUCAH DRAGONS

Record: 27-6. District 6-1A champion. Playoff wins over Ropesville (73-56), Ackerly Sands (47-44), Happy (64-38), and Anton (71-66 2OT).

TEAM NOTES

Waelder and Paducah went multiple overtimes to win their regional final games. Waelder defeated Kopperl in three overtimes, and Paducah beat Anton in two overtimes. Paducah's Lonnie Hurd scored 24 points, Andrew Hastings had 20 and A.J. Cantrell had 16 in the win over Anton. Trey McGruder averages 17 points and eight rebounds a game for Paducah, which starts five seniors. Waelder's Dontrai Houston scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds against Kopperl and the three-time district MVP is averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists per game. Waelder's Cory Fonseca is averaging 13 points and three assists per game and Torrey Fields in averaging 10 points and five steals per game. Paducah is making its eighth state tournament appearance and second in four years and is ranked No. 3 by the TABC and Waelder is making its fifth state tournament appearance and is ranked No. 15.

WAELDER COACH JARVIN HALL SAYS

"They are really big, athletic and they shoot the ball really well."

"We have a lot of speed. We're quick, fast, we can shoot and we play good defense."

"We're going to bring the intensity and try to create our own tempo."

HALL'S KEYS TO VICTORY

1. Defense

2. Not being too overwhelmed with the surroundings

3. Sticking to the game plan

WHAT'S NEXT

The Waelder-Paducah winner will play the winner of Friday's 7 p.m. semifinal between Bronte (32-3) and Roxton (25-6) in the championship game Saturday at 7 p.m.

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