JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
LEANDER — The Marble Falls High School boys basketball team lost 61-56 to Leander Rouse in a District 25-4A contest Jan. 29.
Both teams played to a 17-17 tie in the first period. But the Raiders dropped in 17 points in the second for a 34-28 lead at the half. Rouse connected on eight 3-pointers in the first half.
Mustangs head coach Neil Laminack said Leander’s defense was on target.
“And when they weren’t making those shots, they were getting their own rebounds,” he said. “They had four offensive rebounds and put up a three every time.”
The Raiders built on their lead in the third for a 47-37 advantage.
“We had a scoring drought for a few minutes,” Laminack said. “And they didn’t.”
He had wanted his players to attack the basket during the past several games. He was pleased to see the Mustangs (10-19, 0-8) do that against Rouse.
“We were getting to the foul line and scoring,” he said. “We didn’t shoot the three the whole game, but we made some in key moments.”
The Mustangs have lost three games by a total of 10 points: 42-39 to Cedar Park Vista Ridge on Jan. 10; 45-43 to Leander on Jan. 17; and this one to Rouse.
ON OFFENSE: points (Marble Falls) – Danny Rivera 18, Cody Selig 10, Zuri Buchannan 9, Ben Stripling 7, J.T. Watson 6, Aidin Parnell 6; (Rouse) Andrew Logan 25, Wesley Geisler 13, Jalen Johnson 13, Dallas Dodd 6, Reid Walker 4
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 10-19 overall and 0-8 in District 25-4A; Rouse is 19-12 overall and 6-3 in district.
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Marble Falls vs. Leander Vandegrift at Max Copeland Gym, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls
DISTRICT 25-4A STANDINGS:
Dripping Springs, 7-2
Cedar Park, 5-3
Vista Ridge, 2-6
Marble Falls, 0-8
Leander Rouse girls 47, Marble Falls 37
MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School girls basketball team lost 47-37 to Leander Rouse on Jan. 29.
Both squads scored 11 points in the first quarter, though the Lady Raiders led 26-25 at the half.
“In the first half, we played as well as we have in a while,” Marble Falls head coach Chris Jost said. “We executed well. Rouse played a man defense in the first half. We were patient, and we executed.”
He told his players Rouse would begin the second half in a 2-3 zone instead of the man-to-man defense it utilized.
And he was right.
“We were impatient for a few possessions and got in a hole,” Jost said. “We ran a zone offense. We have to be patient and moving it. We missed some open looks.”
Once the Lady Raiders took a lead, they went to a stall offense with almost five minutes left in the game. That forced Marble Falls (14-15, 2-8) to foul, and, to the Lady Raiders’ credit, they knocked down the free throws.
In all, Rouse shot 12 free throws in the final period and finished 12 of 16 from the line; Marble Falls attempted two free throws in the second half.
“Rouse is pretty balanced, pretty salty,” Jost said.
ON OFFENSE: points – Sarah Stripling 23, Reann Hall 4, Blanca Fonseca 4, Haley Stephens 3, Molly Myrick 3
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 14-15 overall and 2-8 in District 25-4A; Rouse is 22-8 overall, 9-2 in district
UP NEXT: Next opponent, time, day and place (with address.)
SUBVARSITY RESULTS: Marble Falls freshmen won 41-40; Marble Falls freshmen lost 34-20
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Marble Falls at Leander Vandegrift, 9700 McNeil Drive in Austin
DISTRICT 25-4A STANDINGS:
Cedar Park, 7-3
Vista Ridge, 7-3
Marble Falls, 2-8
Dripping Springs, 2-9