Brazos basketball ready for district play

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The district season has hit half of the basketball teams in Wallis with the Brazos Cougarettes opening their district slate last week while the Cougars will play their first game within District 29-2A-D1 this week.

The Yorktown Lady Wildcats came to town last Friday night and quickly found themselves in a 15-6 hole after one quarter of play. However, the visitors came on strong down the stretch and collected a 57-26 win when the final buzzer sounded, notching their first win in district play.

Following the Brazos girls’ first loss in district play in their first chance, they traveled to Weimar at the beginning of the week (who also already earned its first district win over Flatonia, 49-34, last week) before hosting Flatonia this Friday at 6:15 p.m.

Last year, the Bulldogs from Flatonia took the District 29 title and had Weimar and Shiner behind them before Brazos, who went three rounds deep for the first time in over a decade.

Both Flatonia and Shiner ended up as regional semifinalists while the Cougarettes finished as a regional quarterfinalist and Weimar collected a bi-district finalist distinction.

On the boys’ side of things, Brazos’ lone contest of last week ended in dramatic fashion after an overtime period was needed to determine a winner.

The Fayetteville Lions made the trip to the Cougars’ home court for their non-district finale last Tuesday evening and secured a 34-28 lead at the halftime intermission.

However, Brazos came on strong in the second half and made up the gap in the fourth quarter after restricting Fayetteville to only eight points while scoring 15 to send the game into overtime tied at 53 apiece.

There, the Cougar defense continued to stymie the Lions’ attack and held them to five points while the Brazos offense poured in 14 to ultimately take the game by a 67-58 margin, breaking a 13-game skid.

The Cougars carried that momentum into the beginning of this week which saw the non-district finale at the Iola Bulldogs’ home court before the Flatonia Bulldogs come to Wallis to open District 29 play Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Weimar finished last year as the District 29 champion and finished as regional quarterfinalists alongside third-place Flatonia. Second-place Yorktown collected a first-round win and completed its season as area finalists ahead of fourth-place Brazos who came up just short in the bi-district round against Port Aransas, 56-54.

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