Late surge helps Brahmas hold off Schulenburg
Jan. 31, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.
HALLETTSVILLE - Dalton Herrington will sign a letter of intent Wednesday to play football at New Mexico State.
Herrington's focus was strictly on the court Friday night against Schulenburg.
The senior's basket in the lane with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave Hallettsville the cushion it needed in a 48-44 District 28-2A win at the Hallettsville gym.
"I deal with it a little bit," Herrington said of his football future. "But once it's basketball, it's basketball."
Herrington scored 10 points as the No. 25 Brahmas (16-6, 9-1) clinched at least a share of the district championship.
"I think it's just made him hungrier," said Hallettsville coach Scott Cottenoir. "He knows what his future's going to be. He played on the state championship baseball team last year. We've had two great football seasons. He wants to have another good basketball season. He was part of one of the state tournament teams, and he wants to go back his senior year."
The Brahmas had a difficult time against the Shorthorns (14-11, 6-3), who went on a 14-0 run to take a 41-39 lead with 3:21 left in the fourth quarter.
"They're a really good team," Herrington said. "You try to prevent a run, but they're very capable of it, and we were just trying to find a way to win - just get one stop at a time."
The Brahmas tied the game on a driving layup by Herrington and took the lead with one free throw each from Trent McGee and Walker Dowell.
Schulenburg turned the ball over on its next possession, and Hallettsville spread the floor before Herrington got free under the basket. The Brahmas went on to score nine of the game's final 12 points.
"I don't want to take the ball out of their hands and tell them they can't score because that's what they're used to doing: going and trying to get things," Cottenoir said. "We wanted to limit the 3s. We wanted the ball inside. Our posts are starting to become a factor, and we want to feed them the ball. They're in there working their tails off."
Dowell scored 10 points in the third quarter and led Hallettsville with 15 points. Javeon Lara and Jaylon Carr each scored 11 points to pace Schulenburg.
"We really didn't want to slow it down," Cottenoir said. "We actually wanted to speed it up. We knew that their bench was limited because they had some kids missing. I think we just kind of got in a lull and couldn't put it away. We had them down, and I told the kids we needed to give them that knockout punch so we could put them away."
Lady Brahmas clinch district title
Hallettsville hasn't quite met its goal, but the Lady Brahmas took another step in that direction.
The No. 10 Lady Brahmas clinched the District 28-2A championship by running away with a 60-31 win over Schulenburg on Friday night at the Hallettsville gym.
"We've had some people nicked up, and we're kind of recovering from some injuries," said Hallettsville coach Amy Powell. "We're getting ready at just the right time. We've got one game that we want to finish out to meet our goals. We feel like we're at a good place heading into the playoffs."
The Lady Brahmas got off to a slow start before closing out the first half with a 30-4 run to take command.
Hallettsville (28-3, 11-0) held the Lady Horns (14-9, 4-7) without a field goal for a 10-minute, 16-second span of the first half.
"We kind of tried to mix things up a little bit on defense and see if we couldn't get some easy transition buckets," Powell said. "Our press wasn't very effective, so we changed to a half-court trap, and that seemed to get us going in the second quarter."
Emma Wick scored 15 points, and Heather Henneke had 12 to lead Hallettsville. Sam Gabler scored 14 points, and Shannon Mikesky added 10 to pace Schulenburg.
Hallettsville will play Ingram in bi-district Feb. 10 at Floresville. Time is TBA.