|Cougarettes drop Boerne, advance to second
Bo Warm works past Boerne's Amanda Halbert (4) during the Cougarettes' 45-34 playoff victory on Monday night. Warm led the squad with 13 points, including 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Photo by Kevin Force.
by Kevin Force, Editor
Canyon's girls' basketball team held Boerne to just five points in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 45-34 first-round playoff victory before nearly 500 fans at Ranger Gym on Monday.
The Cougarettes (18-12) played catch up for most of the game and finally took the lead with 2:10 to play in the third on a Kendra Clayton layup. But the Greyhounds answered with a three-pointer to reclaim the lead.
The advantage changed hands several times before Canyon went up by two scores on a fast break steal and layup by Bo Warm with just 1:30 to play. From that point on, Boerne (28-8) was forced to foul, and Canyon hit 7 of 8 free throws from that point on to seal the win.
"We had an outstanding effort in the second half," head coach Terry Tennell said. "We didn't shoot well in the first half and were fortunate to be in the game at halftime. (Boerne's) a great team."
Turnovers and poor shooting plagued the Greyhounds in the fourth quarter. They missed their first five shots in the period and were held without a single point from the 3:07 mark on.
Warm was the team's leading scorer, totaling 13. Brittani Hackfield went 8-for-9 from the line in the game and scored nine of her 12 points in the second quarter.
Kristin Mueller chipped in nine points and Kendra Clayton scored seven.
The win earns Canyon the right to face District 25-4A champ Austin McCallum in the second round. The date and time are yet to be determined.
The Cougarettes earned their spot in the playoffs after sealing up a third-place finish in District 27-4A with a 45-35 victory over Dripping Springs on last Tuesday. They finished 9-3 in district play.
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