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Brackenridge aims for fourth-straight playoff bid

February 5, 2019 GMT

With its chances to make the playoffs diminishing, Brackenridge fought with all its might.

The Eagles (17-1, 10-5) were all but assured of extending their streak of 12 playoff appearances in 13 years after pounding Alamo Heights (14-17, 6-9) 70-43 on Feb. 1 at Brackenridge. Brack also downed Jefferson (7-26, 2-13) 72-29 Jan. 29 at Alamo Convocation Center.

“It was the reality of wanting to be a playoff team and not accepting anything less,” Brackenridge coach Tamiko Matthews said. “They’ve been playing very well. I’m really proud of them.”

Brackenridge won four consecutive games to move into playoff position, starting with a dramatic 69-68 win over Lanier (18-14, 10-6) on Jan. 22.


Entering the final day of the season for many area teams, Feb. 5, Brackenridge was one of six area teams with its playoff hopes still alive. The other schools included Providence (8-18, 3-2) and Holy Cross (5-13, 2-3) in TAPPS District 5-5A and South San (13-15, 6-7) in District 27-6A.

Edison (21-10, 12-3), Highlands (21-13, 12-3) dnd Southside (20-9, 12-4) already had qualified.

Brackenridge was tied for third place in 27-5A with Sam Houston (21-12, 10-5) with one game left. If both teams lost, Lanier would be part of a three-way tie.

“It is crazy,” Matthews said of the district. “We have to believe in ourselves from start to finish.”

The Eagles, who are seeking their fourth-consecutive playoff appearance, outscored Alamo Heights 19-8 in the first quarter and led 34-17 at halftime. Senior Jaylin Ramos led Brack with 17 points. Lily Zamora (14 points) and Skye Thomas (11) also scored in double figures.

“They really focused on being purposeful,” Matthews said. “I told them anybody can play basketball, but they’re playing and repping their school. One or two games can’t keep us from our mission.”

Against Jefferson, Brackenridge bolted to a 19-0 lead. Thomas led the way with 19 points. Genesis Teran, Mariah Navarro and Ramos finished with 10 points apiece.

“It was very impressive,” Matthews said. “The thing is, we tend to start a little slow and then come back. We refocused.”

Holy Cross 44, TMI 19

The third-place Knights kept their TAPPS District 5-5A playoff hopes intact heading into a Feb. 5 showdown with Providence. Holy Cross crushed TMI (7-12, 0-5) Feb. 1 in its own gym.

Victoria Perez led Holy Cross with 19 points. Julianna Alaniz contributed 15.

The game at second-place Providence was to determine the district’s final playoff spot.

Highlands 65, Jefferson 39

The Owls regained a share of first place in District 27-5A with a victory over Jefferson Feb. 1 at Lanier. Edison also was in first heading into the final day of 27-5A season.

Junior Layla Mendoza led Highlands with 24. Aizlyn Reyes (12 points) and Alyssa Flores (9) also were among the Owls’ top scorers.

For Jefferson, junior Leah McGrew produced a team-high 18 points. Eliana Rocha provided 12 points.