By Kathi Bliss
After facing some triumphs and troubles in the pre-season, the Varsity Lions Basketball got off to a slow start in District play over the holiday break, logging three heartbreaking losses against fast, powerful squads from elsewhere in District 27-4A.
Lockhart opened District play at home on Dec. 21, falling 84-35 to the Hays Rebels.
The Lions had a rough time getting to the net against Rebels, which led to several fast-break opportunities for Hays. Turnovers plagued the Lions, but despite the struggles on the court, Lockhart’s varsity played hard for most of the game, and never gave up, Coach James Halatin said.
Tyrell Williams led scoring for the Lions with seven points. Jacob Roland and Joseph Carrasco added six points each, while Roland Butler and George Gomez each had five. CJ Sanchez chipped in four points, and Jordan Johnson had two.
As the new year began, the Lions hit the road, traveling to Boerne Champion to face the Chargers.
The biggest obstacle for the Lions in the matchup was Boerne’s three-point game, as the Chargers stacked up 10 three-pointers over the course of the night. Still, the Lions were able to make a strong showing in the first half and keep the game close.
Boerne unleashed their long-distance shots in the second half of play, allowing them to expand their lead and eventually put the Lions away, 75-40
Butler led in the scorebook with 10 points on the night. Williams and Keegon Murphy each had seven, and Carrasco picked up three. Sanchez and Weston Lemons contributed two points each, and Johnson and Alex Alvarez each had one.
The Lions returned to the Den on Friday night to take on a fast, strong squad from Alamo Heights.
“The Lions played hard all night, and never gave up despite being down… early,” Halatin said.
Heights came into the season as the fourth-ranked team in the state, but the Lions played with heart all night, despite a big 78-25 loss.
Isaac Quintanilla picked up six points for Lockhart, while Butler, Johnson and Roland each had four. Carrasco chipped in three, and Williams and Alvarez had two each.
The Lions were on the road Tuesday, traveling to Kyle to face the Lehman Lobos. They will return to the Den on Friday night to take on the Seguin Matadors. Tipoff is scheduled at 7 p.m.