Highland’s girls are lone playoff survivor
The Highland girls were the only winner among the four playoff basketball teams from Nolan County in action Tuesday. Sierra Allen had 19 points, Beth Richburg 13 and Hannah Allen 12 as the Lady Hornets blew out Cross Plains 62-35 at Jim Ned High School to reach the Region II-1A, Division II tournament for the second straight year under coach Shea Baucom.But the Roscoe girls saw their playoff run come to an end with a 46-20 loss Tuesday to Garden City in their regional quarterfinal at Ballinger. Also, the Highland and Roscoe boys lost as they fell to Bronte and Garden City, respectively. The Hornets, who played at Jim Ned, lost 49-26 while Roscoe lost 51-39 in its bi-district game that was played at Ballinger.Highland, now 26-3, will face Roby at 7 p.m. Friday in the Region II-1A, Division II semifinals at Abilene Chris-tian University. The Lady Hornets, ranked No. 2 in the state, led 22-5, 36-10 and 56-19 at the breaks against No. 19 Cross Plains, which finishes at 20-6.If Highland wins Friday, it plays again Saturday vs. the winner of Friday’s other semifinal between Eula and Garden City.Roscoe, meanwhile, fin-ishes 17-14 after its defeat by No. 5 Garden City that followed close wins vs. Paint Rock and Zephyr. Shelby Brown paced the Plowgirls with eight points. Garden City (30-1) built a narrow 12-8 lead after one period to 14 points, 22-8, by halftime and led 34-10 after three periods en route to the win.Highland’s boys (14-9) trailed Bronte 13-7 after one quarter, 26-10 at halftime and 43-15 after three periods of their game before the Hornets warmed up a bit and outscored Bronte 11-6 in the fourth quarter. With the win, Bronte will face Mullin in the area round.Highland was led by Eth-an Wilson’s 12 points. The game pitted High-land coach Logan Rawls against his father, Rocky, Bronte’s head coach.In the other boys game, Roscoe and Garden City were tied 3-3 early on at Ballinger before things went south for the Plowboys. Roscoe was outscored 17-5 by Garden City the rest of the period as the Bearkats were holding a 20-8 lead going into the second quarter. But Roscoe kept fighting as the Plowboys (8-15) cut Garden City’s lead to eight, 31-23, by halftime. The lead was back to 12, 44-32, after three periods, however, and the Plowboys were unable to get closer than 10 points in the final stanza. The win means Garden City will take on May in the area playoffs.Roscoe was led by Javier Leanos with 14 points, 12 of them in the first half until he fouled out in the fourth quarter. His brother, Jesus Leanos, had 10 points. This season was the first time either Roscoe team made the playoffs since 2009 when the boys won the Class 1A state title and the girls were state runnerups.The Highland girls, on the other hand, have 13 straight playoff appearances and Highland’s boys made the playoffs for the second con-secutive season.