Girls basketball to play last non-district game against Houston Christian 12/3


Caleb Wright

Junior Jordan Thomas defends junior Stacey Romney in a practice on Dec. 1. They were shooting baskets and working on dribbles.

Girls basketball will play its last non-district game against Houston Christian on Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in the Hawk Arena.

The team’s pre-district season record was 7-3 at the time of this story. The three losses came from Cooper, Cedar Hill and Allen, but the team won a rematch against Allen 51-44 on Nov. 29.

“We definitely have some bright spots [this season],” head coach Lisa Branch said. “We played a ranked team in Lubbock Cooper. [We] came up short to that team, but [we] had 23 turnovers. That told us [if] we minimize those turnovers, we will have a different outcome. So we really tried to focus on playing an up-tempo game, but still trying to take care of the basketball. The second game [had a] much better outcome [since] we had maybe less than 10 turnovers; our goal is 15.”

Houston Christian is currently fourth in its district, with a pre-district record of 9-3. This will be the first time Hebron will compete against Houston Christian.

“I know [Houston Christian] has some good players, [but] I just want us to play together as a team,” junior center Jordan Thomas said. “No matter what the score is or how we play, I just want us to play together the whole time.”

Prior to the game, girl’s basketball competed against two teams from Colorado, Regis Jesuit and then Valor Christian. The game against Regis Jesuit ended in a Hawks win 53-40 and the game against Valor Christian ended in a Hawks win 56-38.

“[The game] will definitely prepare us,” Branch said. “We have seen everything that we’re [going to] see in districts; we have seen teams who can shoot the ball, [teams who have great height, size and athleticism.]”

This game will be the final opportunity for players before districts begin on Dec. 7 against Plano East. Senior shooting guard Alecia Powel said she has been trying to make the most out of her senior year, and especially in every practice.

“It makes me want to go harder,” Powell said. “[I’ve] become more aggressive in practice, which fuels [me] everywhere since it pours into everything that I do.  [With] minor setbacks, I try to move past them and just keep going because this is the last time I’m going to play, so I [have to] give it all I can.”