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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


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Big Six Friday Game of the Night: Crucial games in tonight’s BigSix games

Three boys and two girls’ teams will engage in crucial battles tonight as the high school basketball season comes closer and closer to a finish. The lady ballers only have two games remaining while the men’s regular season will conclude four games from now.

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Big Six January Athlete of the Month: Veterans Memorial’s Kassy Lopez

During this last month of January, no basketball team amongst the Big Six schools has been as successful as the Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots. In their nine games played in the first month of the New Year, the Patriots have gone 8-1, only losing to Hidalgo. The amazing run has put Ralph Cantu’s team firmly in second place in District 32-4A, just two games behind the Lady Patriots.

A big reason for Veterans’ on-court success? Senior guard Kassy Lopez, The Progress Times’ Big Six January Athlete of the Month.

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Big Six Tuesday Game of the Night: Lady Eagles nabs crucial victory over McHi

MISSION – Rene Garza’s squad was in a must win Tuesday night. A loss would have nearly mathematically eliminated the Lady Eagles from a postseason berth. Didn’t happen. Garza’s team came up big, beating the McHi Lady Bulldogs, 44-35.

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“Big Six” Tuesday Game of the Night: McHi Lady Bulldogs at Mission Lady Eagles

MISSION – A win tonight for the Lady Eagles is a near must in order to stay in contention for a postseason berth. Currently on a three-game win streak, Mission hopes to make it four straight as they take on second-place McHi in tonight’s District 30-5A showdown.

Though the three wins are reason to celebrate, they have come at the expense of some of the district’s worse teams. In fact, none of the teams have any shot at the postseason and have hardly been competitive with the rest of the district.

Despite this, Mission has played well in these games. Alexandra Cedillo has led the team in scoring for all three games, averaging 15 points-per-game. A big effort from Cedillo and teammate Carolee Lopez will be needed.

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Monday’s “Big Six” Boys and Girls Basketball Rankings

Today’s Big Six Rankings:

Boys Basketball

1. Sharyland

Friday’s Big Six ranking: 1

District Record: 8-1 (District 30-5A Standing: First)

Last Game: Beat Donna, 69-39.

Team Notes: The Rattlers’ win was expected over the Redskins but the next their next two games may not be. The Palmview Lobos are winners of five straight and could ascend to the district’s top spot if they win their next two. Sharyland took the Lobos down easily in their first matchup and they have home court advantage. This week’s games will be a huge challenge for Shary, especially Friday’s rematch with the Mustangs.

Next two games: vs. Palmview, Jan. 31; at Memorial, Feb. 3.

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