Lions wallop Lehman Lobos, win two of three
Varsity, JV squads deliver crushing blows
By Alonzo Garza
More action packed basketball hit the court on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Lockhart High School gym. The Varsity and Junior Varsity Lockhart Lion basketball teams roared straight on through the Lehman Lobos defense on their way to yet another two wins. The Lions left the Lobos limping al
l the way back home with two losses and one win.
The freshmen team lost 37-48 in a fairly close game that slipped away in the last quarter. The Junior Varsity game was definitely the most exciting game of the night. The JV team won a hard fought match in overtime with a final score of 47-43. The Varsity team came out roaring and never let up. They ended their scoring with a 63-54 win at the end of the night.
The Varsity Lockhart Lions led the Lehman Lobos to their loss from the beginning of their game. It did not take long for the Lobos to realize that they had a challenge on their hands. The Lobos kept on plugging away and even got close in the third quarter but in the end the Lions proved to be the better players and ultimate victors.
The Lions were on fire during the first quarter. They earned 19 points and kept a two-shot lead over the Lobos. The Lobos were able to get 15 points on the board, but they had to work for them. The first quarter ended with a 19-15 score on favor of the Lions. Scoring for the Lions were Terence Waldon, who made two three-point shots and a two pointer for a total of eight points, Dustin Garza, who made a two point shot and a three pointer for a total of five points, and Jonathan Gonzales, who made a three point shot. Michael Schulle made a two point shot and Clayton Parker made one free throw.
The action slowed down a bit during the second quarter. The Lions were only able to gain nine points while the Lobos gained six. The first half ended with a score of 28-21 still in favor of the Lions. Scoring for the Lions came from Alex Joseph, who made two free throws and a two pointer, Gonzales and Kerry Lampkin who each made two free throws and Parker, who added one more free throw to the score.
After the halftime break the Lobos came out fighting. Lehman put 19 points up on the scoreboard for their team and barely let Lockhart add 14 points to their score. The competition was fierce by the end of the third quarter. The quarter ended with a tight 42-40 score with the edge still in Lockhart”s favor. Scoring for the Lions in the third were Gonzales with a three pointer, Lampkin with a two pointer and a free throw, Schulle, Joseph and Waldon with a two pointer each and Parker with two free throws.
The last quarter belonged to the Lions. They knew they had to keep the points coming and they delivered by adding a total of 20 more points and allowing the Lobos to add only 14 points to their total ending the game with a final score of 62-54. Scoring for the Lions in the fourth were Waldon with one three pointer, one two pointer and three free throws for a total of eight points. Joseph added six points with a free throw, a two pointer and a three pointer. Gonzales and Parker each contributed two free throws while Lampkin shared a two pointer.
Waldon was the highest scorer with a total of 18 points in the game. Joseph added 12 points, Gonzales added 10 points, Lampkin added seven points, Parker added six points, Garza added five points and Schulle added four points to the game. The Lions dominated every quarter with great defensive and offensive plays. They continued to play well for one common goal, which was to win.
The most exciting game of the night, by far, was the Junior Varsity game, which had to go into overtime because of the excellent basketball playing that, was going on by both teams. Both the JV Lions and the JV Lobos came ready to play. They kept each other from scoring throughout most of the first quarter. The quarter ended with a 4-4 score. Scoring for the Lions in the first quarter were Kody Zimmerhanzel and Terrazas with a free throw each and Jeremiah Johnson with a two pointer.
The second quarter had a bit more shots than the first. The Lions were able to gain nine points while the Lobos added 13 points to their score ending the first half with a 13-17 score with Lehman in the lead. Scoring for the Lions in the second quarter were Joseph Torres and Christian Estrada with a two point shot each and Ricky Rodriguez with a three pointer and a two pointer.
The second half of the game got very exciting for all the Lockhart and Lehman fans who were on their feet for most of the third quarter and all of the fourth quarter. During the third quarter the Lions added 11 more points to score and only allowed the Lobos to add eight points to their score. The quarter ended in a tight 24-25 score in favor of the Lobos. Scoring for the Lions in the third quarter were Joseph Gonzales, Terrazas, Estrada and Stephen Brumley with a two point shot each. Ryan Carrasco made a two point shot and a free throw.
The fourth quarter brought the most excitement and the most points for both teams and their fans. The Lions were able to muscle up 16 additional points while the Lobos were right behind them with 15 points. The most scoring in the fourth came from Estrada and Carrasco who both made a two pointer and three free throws. The rest of the scoring came from Terrazas with a three pointer, Zimmerhanzel with two free throws and Torrez with one free throw. The fans were cheering on both sides till the clock ran out and the buzzer blared a final score of 40-40. It was on to overtime.
With all the fans standing and an anxious quiet that was interrupted by squeals and screams every time the ball was shot toward the basket, the game resumed. The Lions exploded onto the court and proceeded to take down the Lobos with precision. Scoring for the Lions were Rodriguez with a three pointer and a two pointer for a total of 5 points. Both Carrasco and Zimmerhanzel made a free throw each. Overtime ended with a score of 47-43 and an elated Lockhart crowd. Once again, you had to be there to fulyl appreciate the magic that is high school basketball.
Even though the freshmen game ended in a Lockhart loss it was a good game to watch. The Lions did an outstanding job in the first half of the game. They kept after the Lobos throughout the entire first quarter and were ahead at the end of the first half. The game took a totally different turn in the second half with the Lobos dominating each of the last two quarters. The game ended in a 37-48 loss.
The first quarter was evenly scored with the Lions earning 11 points and the Lobos earning 12 points. Both teams displayed great skill and patience. Scoring for the Lions in the first quarter were Brian Martinez with a two pointer and a three pointer, Manuel Hernandez with a two pointer and a free throw, G. McAfee with two free throws and Roy Garcia with one free throw.
The freshmen Lions roared into the second quarter and took over the game. They put an additional 13 points on the scoreboard and let the Lobos make 10 points. Again, the Lions played well and seemed to have turned the momentum of the game in their favor. Scoring came from Joseph Gonzales who made a two pointer and a three pointer for a total of five points, Sergio Ayala made a couple of two pointers for a total of four points, Martinez and McAfee each made a two point shot.
The halftime break did not help the freshman team at all. They came onto the court to face a pumped up, hungry like a wolf, pack of Lehman Lobos. The Lions made only nine points in the third quarter while the Lobos snatched 15 points away from them ending the third with a score of 33-37 in favor of the Lobos. Scoring for the Lions came from Gonzales with a three point shot, Karl Greiger and McAfee with a two point shot each and Martinez with two free throw shots.
The fourth quarter was the toughest quarter for the Lions. They were only able to make a couple of two point shots for a total of four points for the quarter. The Lobos added a total of 11 points ending the scoring in the game at 37-48. The four extra points came from Ryan Gonzales and Garcia who each made a two point shot.
The Lions play against Del Valle on Friday, Jan. 19 at the LHS gym. See you at the game.