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20120106-vmhs-v-weslaco-east-girls-basketball-dy-025Today’s “Big Six” rankings shuffled quite a bit from last week. In boys basketball, the Palmview Lobos dropped from first to third, due entirely to their beatdown at the hands of Sharyland. Consequently, the Rattlers moved up, though from third to first, jumping over Juarez-Lincoln. Though the Huskies beat Valley View on Friday, Shary’s large wins over Donna and Palmview were good enough to justify the leap.

In the realm of girls basketball, Veterans Memorial stayed on top, Mission dropped, Sharyland rose and La Joya makes an appearance, albeit with a slight asterisk. No justification needed for the Lady Patriots continued reign after taking down Weslaco East and winning their seventh straight district game. The Lady Eagles loss to McHi naturally dropped them, though that drop was far, all the way from first to a tie for third. La Joya is the team neck-in-neck with Mission but that tie won’t last long as the two square off tomorrow in La Joya. Sharyland quietly stayed in place and will likely stay second after Tuesday’s game with pushover Memorial.

Boys Basketball “Big Six” Rankings

1. Sharyland

Last week’s “Big Six” ranking: 3

District Record: 2-1 (four-way tie for second)

Last Game: Beat Palmview, 62-42.

Team Notes: The Rattlers have responded well since their district opening loss to Nikki Rowe, blowing out Donna and Palmview by a combined score of 153-63. The Pistokache boys again showed up well against the Lobos, combining to score 30 points, which was about half of their team’s point total. Shary will be given a tough test tomorrow when they take on Memorial, who is also 2-1 in district play. The Rattlers will need players like John Horner and John Madrigal to provide some inside presence to more effectively balance their team.

Next two games: Memorial, Jan. 10; at Mission, Jan. 13.

2. Juarez-Lincoln

Last week’s “Big Six” ranking: 2

District Record: 4-3 (three-way tie for third)

Last Game: Beat Valley View, 57-47.

Team Notes: The Huskies have won three of their last four but Friday night’s win over the Tigers was not a surprise. Tuesday’s showdown with district leading Roma (13-7, 7-0) in Starr County will be Juarez’s most difficult test to date.

Next two games: at Roma, Jan. 10; Rio Grande City, Jan. 13.

3. Palmview

Last week’s “Big Six” ranking: 1

District Record: 2-1 (four-way tie for second)

Last Game: Lost to Sharyland, 62-42.

Team Notes: The home loss against Shary may have brought some reality to the Lobos. The team missed all of its shots from behind the arc and scoring leader Mario De La Garza only scored three points on the night.

Next two games: ??

Girls Basketball “Big Six” Rankings

1. Veterans Memorial

Last week’s “Big Six” ranking: 1

District Record: 8-1 (second place)

Last Game: Beat Weslaco East, 36-29.

Team Notes: Lady Patriots head coach Ralph Cantu was disappointed by his team’s performance on Friday, despite the win. However, Vets travels to Brownsville to take on the other Veterans Memorial, who is just 2-7 in district play. Great opportunity to improve on execution.

Next two games: Jan. 10, at Brownsville Veterans Memorial; Jan. 13, at Edcouch-Elsa.

2. Sharyland

Last week’s “Big Six” ranking: 3

District Record: 4-1 (three-way tie for first)

Last Game: Beat Palmview, 62-30.

Team Notes: Friday’s win over the Lady Lobos was expected as is Tuesday’s game versus Memorial.

Next two games: Memorial, Jan. 10; at Mission, Jan. 13.

3. Tied-Mission

Last week’s “Big Six” ranking: 2

District Record: 3-2 (tied for fourth with La Joya)

Last Game: Lost to McHi, 29-13.

Team Notes: In a low scoring affair the Lady Eagles suffered their second district loss. It is becoming apparent Mission and La Joya are looking like the two teams that will compete for the district’s fourth spot. Ironically, the two teams meet Tuesday night.

Next two games: Jan. 10, at La Joya; Jan. 13, Sharyland.

3. Tied-La Joya

Last week’s “Big Six” ranking: not ranked

District Record: 3-2

Last Game: Beat Memorial, 80-37.

Team Notes: The Lady Coyotes won big, despite not having Karla Trevino. The guard will be needed for Tuesday’s night game against Mission. The battle will be for fourth place in the standings.

Next two games: Jan. 10, Mission; Jan. 13, at McHi.

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