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Big Six Friday Game of the Night: Mission takes down La Joya, clinches bi-district berth

MISSION – Officially, Friday night’s game between Mission and La Joya was to determine which team would move on to the postseason. However, the atmosphere was too electric to be just a play-in game as the Lady Eagle crowd spurred their team to a climatic comeback win, 37-31.

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Big Six Friday Game of the Night: Mission and La Joya square off in girls’ play-in game

As soon as the final buzzer sounded last Tuesday following their loss to Sharyland, Mission’s Rene Garza’s focus immediately turned from his own Mission team to Dan Morales’ La Joya squad. If the Lady Coyotes had lost then the Lady Eagles still had a shot at the postseason.

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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.

 

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“Big Six” Tuesday Game of the Night: Mission needs win, Shary has other plans

Tonight’s matchup between the Mission Lady Eagles and Sharyland Lady Rattlers may come down to a battle of wills. On one hand you have Mission, needing a win to secure itself at least an additional shot at the postseason and, on the other hand, Sharyland will play with some motivation of their own.

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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.

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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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