Lady Hornets cruise to regional tournament, get one step closer to state

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The girls basketball team is continuing to prevail over their opponents in the playoffs.

They are now tasked with taking on Marble Falls, a team with a talented post game, in San Antonio at the Northside Sports Gym on Feb. 23. They can advance to the regional finals with a win.

They are currently 35-4 (7-1 in district), and the team is hoping to build on the success of last season’s run, when they reached the state semifinals.

“We all gained experience from (going to state),” returning senior Mia Schlemme said.

Head Coach James McMinn is confident that his team will continue to thrive going forward.

“We started off the season a little slow, but we’re getting better,” McMinn said.

Junior Hayle Campbell said she and the team were looking forward to their upcoming matchup.

“We hope to win and play our game,” she said.

The team started off 3-3, but lost only one game since under McMinn, who is taking his team to a third straight regional tournament.

“Our defense is improving,” McMinn said. “We’re becoming more consistent with our play, and we’re getting more comfortable with our roles.”

Senior Meredith Marcum believes team success is dependent on one important factor.

“We just need to have each other’s backs on and off the court,” she said.

Marcum said the team is a close group and a “family.”

The team reeled off two straight victories against Veterans Memorial within one week. They won the first game at home 45-33 on Feb. 2, which forced the teams to face off in a first-place playoff at Ray on Feb. 6. They won 57-53.

Their next opponent was Ray in the District 30-5A championship. They took care of business at home as they won 64-44 on Feb. 10.

They were led by Marcum and Campbell who had 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Now that district was taken care of, the team was tasked with facing off against Winn in the first round of the playoffs. The team prevailed with a 55-20 win on Feb 12 and a 58-25 win against Veterans Memorial (Mission) on Feb. 15.

On Feb. 20, the Hornets took on Tuloso-Midway in the third round. They won 58-33.

Campbell described the attitude of the team following their victory.

“We are very excited, but we still know we’re not done yet,” she said.