Rattlers Dominate in Backyard Rivalry

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By Kyle Spencer
KTSW Sports Reporter

Photo Credit: Gerald Castillo

The San Marcos Rattlers took care of business Tuesday night defeating the Lockhart Lions 73-44. SMHS had four players in double digits, and 10 players scored on route to the 29 point victory.

Lockhart came into the Snake Pit with a 4-9 district record, and a 71-41 loss earlier in the season that needed to be avenged. San Marcos holds the second place in district and has already locked in a playoff spot, so it would have been very easy for Coach Norris’ squad to look over this game. In the first quarter it looked as if Lockhart had came to play, getting layups against the Rattlers’ full court pressure.

The score was 18-14 at the end of one, with the Rattlers clinging to a four point lead. Then behind the excellent defensive play from Luis Hernandez and Elias Vasquez, the layups became turnovers for the Lions.

That led to a six point second quarter from Lockhart. The Rattlers’ ended the first half with a dish-off dunk from Jake Brown to Sean Williams as the buzzer went off. Kaleb Johnson started the game, but Sean Williams, who stands at a legit 6’ 8”, played a lot of the minutes in the second half and poured in 10 points.

In the third quarter things got heated when a Lockhart player went up for a block on Kaleb Johnson and was called for a hard foul. The player thought the block was clean and kept gesturing to the official that he blocked the shot. The official rewarded this action with a technical foul, and when the player continued, he was given another technical and was ejected from the game. This then led to six straight free throws for the Rattlers where Kaleb Johnson missed the first two (for the initial foul) then senior Benny Cherry came in to shoot the four technical free throws.

In the last quarter of play San Marcos had their highest scoring output with 22 points in eight minutes of play. Coach Norris cleared out his bench and allowed some of the players that see less minutes have some court time. This led to the bench going wild with multiple small role players getting baskets. Even allowing Derek Boston to one-on-one up top, which led to layup that made the crowd and the bench go wild. Even Coach Norris cracked a smile on the bench.

San Marcos’ next game and final regular season game will be against San Antonio Memorial in San Antonio next February 16th. The Rattlers’ won their first meeting with the team 70-59. Jake Brown and Steven Price both had over 20 points in that game, and will be looking to make it rain in San Antonio.

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