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“Big Six” Tuesday Game of the Night: Mission loses but still has hope for playoff spot

MISSION – The bad news resulting from Mission’s season finale game versus Sharyland is they lost, 44-36, ending their five-game win streak. The good news is La Joya also lost, falling to McHi 43-41, thus keeping the Lady Eagles and Lady Coyotes locked in the fourth spot.

While the playoff door is still open, Mission let one slip away against the Lady Rattlers as Savannah Prichard scored 11 points and teammate Clarissa Suarez chipped in with ten points herself, eight coming in the fourth quarter.

“We are pretty good at reading each other and working together,” said Prichard of her and Suarez’s chemistry.

The chemistry was evident in the fourth quarter when Suarez scored five points in the final two minutes, both coming off assists from Prichard. The five-point swing lifted Sharyland’s lead from 39-31 to 44-31.

“Mission had a good game plan,” said Shary head coach Dale Whitaker following his team’s win, “they took away the inside. [I told the girls] to believe in themselves.”

For the most part Mission seemed to believe in themselves. As Whitaker noted, the Lady Eagles took away the inside, limiting the play of Monica Salinas and Laura Eberly. Whereas the two post players combined to score 23 points in their last meeting with Mission, this time they combined to score only fourteen.

Helping on the offensive side of the ball was Alexandra Cedillo who scored a game high 15 points, including a trifecta from behind the three-point line. Cedillo got help from Ruth Ruiz’s nine points.

Where the teams move from here is not entirely clear. For sure Sharyland is scheduled to play Laredo Nixon but it has yet to be determined where and when. Mission, tied with La Joya for the fourth spot, must play the Lady Coyotes in a play-in game. The where and when of that game will be determined sometime tomorrow.

Game MVP: Savannah Prichard, Sharyland. The senior guard was great both offensively and defensively, scoring 11 points. Nine of those came from behind the arc. Perhaps the guards top play of the game came in the fourth quarter when she garnered a steal and then subsequently took it the other way for a layup.

Other Games-Girls

McHi 43 La Joya 41: If the Lady Coyotes had one this then they would be practicing for bi-district. Instead they must play Mission for the third time. That game will likely be Friday.

Veterans Memorial 47 Weslaco East 25: Another game and another win for the Lady Patriots. Ralph Cantu’s team will play their bi-district game next Tuesday against Corpus Christi Moody in Bishop.

Juarez-Lincoln at Valley View:

Other Games-Boys

Sharyland 73 Mission 48: Because Nikki Rowe lost to Memorial, Shary’s easy win over the Eagles guarantees the Rattlers at least a co-championship for District 30-5A.

La Joya 61 McHi 56: The Coyotes aren’t going to the playoffs but beating McHi is a big deal.

Weslaco East 63 Veterans Memorial 62: The one-point loss ended any chance the Patriots had at a postseason appearance.

Juarez-Lincoln 54 Valley View 53: Despite the win, Juarez’s chances of making the playoffs are getting dimmer. With Roma on the horizon, the Huskies need to win at least one of their final two while Weslaco East needs to lose both their final games. The Wildcats face Edcouch-Elsa and Hidalgo to finish the year.


Monday's Big Six Basketball Rankings

Today’s Big Six Rankings:

Boys Basketball

1. Sharyland

Friday’s Big Six ranking: 1

District Record: 10-1 (District 30-5A Standing: First)

Last Game: Beat Memorial, 54-52.

Team Notes: The Rattlers are getting closer and closer to taking home the district championship. Most impressively is their ability to win the close ones.

Next two games: vs. Mission, Feb. 7; at La Joya, Feb. 10.

2. Palmview

Friday’s Big Six ranking: 2

District Record: 7-4 (District 30-5A Standing: T-Third)

Last Game: Lost to Nikki Rowe, 70-56.

Team Notes: Once winners of five straight, the Lobos have now lost two straight. If the Lobos can garner a road win over McHi tomorrow, Palmview will secure itself a postseason appearance.

Next two games: at McHi, Feb. 7; vs. Memorial, Feb. 10.

3. Juarez-Lincoln

Friday’s Big Six ranking: 3

District Record: 8-7 (District 32-4A Standing: Fifth)

Last Game: Beat Mercedes, 54-50.

Team Notes: An uphill battle awaits the Huskies in their final three games. Tonight’s game versus Valley View shouldn’t be too tough but Friday’s game with Roma is a must-win. On top of that, Juarez has to hope that Weslaco East loses at least once.

Next two games: at Valley View, Feb. 7; vs. Roma, Feb. 10.

Girls Basketball

1. Veterans Memorial

Friday’s Big Six ranking: 1

District Record: 15-2 (District 32-4A Standing: Second)

Last Game: Beat Rio Grande City, 50-11.

Team Notes: No matter what happens tonight the Lady Patriots will be the district’s second seed. Their likely opponent will be Corpus Christi Moody.

Next two games: at Weslaco East, Feb. 7; vs. bi-district opponent, TBA.

2. Sharyland

Friday’s Big Six ranking: 2

District Record: 10-3 (District 30-5A Standing: Second)

Last Game: Beat Memorial, 55-26.

Team Notes: In order to secure the second seed for District 30-5A, Shary must beat Mission tonight. It will be a battle of wills as the Lady Eagles are fighting for a playoff spot and have to win.

Next two games: vs. Mission, Feb. 7; vs. Laredo Nixon, TBA

3. Mission

Friday’s Big Six ranking: not ranked

District Record: 8-5 (District 30-5A Standing: T-Fourth)

Last Game: Beat La Joya, 40-39.

Team Notes: The Lady Eagles have now won six straight. In order to advance to bi-district Mission must win tonight on the road against Sharyland and then hope for a La Joya loss against McHi. If both Mission and La Joya win than the two will have to flip a coin.

Next two games: at Sharyland, Feb. 7; vs. bi-district opponent, TBA.

Big Six Basketball Roundup: Sharyland stays on top, La Joya girls fall and more

Though the recent announcement of UIL Realignment has dominated prep sports talk for the past couple of days, girls basketball is silenty winding down its regular season and it is getting fun. 

Last night's matchup between La Joya and Mission is a case in point. With a road win, the Lady Coyotes could have secured themselves a postseson appearance and even a shot as the district's runners up. Mission, on the other hand, had to win to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Lady Eagles did just that, beating La Joya 40-39.

The Lady Eagles were led by Alejandro Cedillo's 11 points and benefited from hitting some late free throws and breaking La Joya's full court press a couple times in the final three minutes. Further, the Lady Coyotes had possesion of the ball for the final shot but could not get it to go in.

The win ties the two teams for fourth in the standings with just one more game remaining. Mission will visit Sharyland on Tuesday while La Joya hosts McHi. Neither game will be easy for either playoff hopeful as both teams lost their previous head-to-head. If both win or both lose then a likely coinflip will be employed. If one win and the other loses then the winner will move on. 

The Lady Rattlers of Sharyland have secured the district's number two spot, even if they lose to Mission on Tuesday. 

In District 32-4A, Veterans Memorial also sits securely in second place. The Lady Patriots will finish the season on the road against Weslaco East. In bi-district Veterans is likely to Flour Bluff.

As for boys basketball, their season is still up in the air. Sharyland remains atop District 30-5A after their thrilling road victory over Memorial, 54-52. The Pistokache boys led the way, combining for 30 points. The Rattlers' last three games are versus Mission, at La Joya and then home against McHi. Though Nikki Rowe is still right on Shary's heals, David Keith's squad is more than capable of easily winning their last three and thus securing the district championship. 

Palmview, on the other hand, has its work cut out for them. After two straight losses to Sharyland and Nikki Rowe, the Lobos get somewhat of a breather when they host Donna. However, a loss would be devastating so Palmview can't afford to look past the struggling Redskins. With a win the Lobos have a chance to secure their postseason if they can go on the road and beat McHi. In short, two straight wins equals first ever bi-district appearance for Andy Saenz's squad. 

In District 32-4A there is a chance no BigSix school will make the postseason. Both Juarez-Lincoln and Veterans Memorial sit right outside the top four.

The Huskies posses the past chances at the postseason but they need plenty of help. Having the tiebreaker over third placed Weslaco East means Juarez needs the Wildcats to lose more than anyone. They can receive some help from their fellow Patriots if Vets can take down East on Tuesday. In short, if Juarez can win two of it last three against Valley View, Roma and Rio Grande City and East loses two of its last three then the Huskies are likely on their way to the postseason.

Veterans Memorial on the other hand likely need to win all three of their final games. The three won't be easy as they face Weslaco East, Brownsville Veterans Memorial and Edcouch-Elsa. It will be no easy task.

There is a slight chance that there could be a four-way tie between Brownsville Veterans Memorial, Weslaco East, Juarez-Lincoln and Veterans Memorial. The next two games will determine how possible that could be.

Below are the current district standings for the boys and girls of districts 30-5A and 32-4A.

Local Boys Basketball Standings
Note: Teams above dotted line represent the current teams in position to make it to the Bi-District
DISTICT 30-5A Overall District
Sharyland 21-10 10-1
McAllen Rowe 22-6 9-2
Palmview 21-6 7-4
McAllen Memorial 18-11 7-4
McAllen 15-12 6-5
La Joya 10-15 4-7
Mission High 8-16 1-10
Donna 0-11
DISTRICT 32-4A Overall District
Roma 21-7 15-0
Hidalgo 22-6 13-2
Brownsville Veterans Memorial 18-10 9-6
Weslaco East 9-6
La Joya Juarez-Lincoln 8-7
Mission Veterans 14-14 7-8
Edcouch-Elsa 6-9
Rio Grande City 4-11
Mercedes 14-13 4-11
Valley View 0-15


Local Girls Basketball Standings

Note: Teams above dotted line represent the current teams in position to make it to the Bi-District
DISTICT 30-5A Overall District
*McAllen Rowe 18-14 12-1
Sharyland 21-11 10-3
McAllen 17-17 9-4
Mission 19-9 8-5
La Joya 20-11 8-5
McAllen Memorial 7-26 3-10
Donna 11-17 2-11
Palmview 5-25 0-13
DISTRICT 32-4A Overall District
*Hidalgo 33-2 17-0
*Mission Veterans 26-10 15-2
Roma 18-14 11-6
Weslaco East 20-15 12-5
Edcouch-Elsa 15-14 8-6
Valley View 16-13 6-8
Mercedes 13-16 6-11
Juarez-Lincoln 10-15 5-11
Brownsville Veterans Memorial 2-15
Rio Grande City 3-26 0-17


Big Six schools perform well at District 31 Championships

RIO GRANDE CITY – It was a great weekend of wrestling for the local Big Six schools as they competed in the District 31 Championships at Grulla High School. Palmview defended its boys’ championship from a year ago while Juarez-Lincoln won out for the girls.


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