By GREG WEBB
The Brock Lady Eagles no-doubt thirst for yet another Class 2A state basketball title, some new varsity players and quite a few others who have tasted the victory nectar, already. The experience of “winning it all” is one the Lady Eagles want more of, and to share the joy with the underclassmen who will carry the banner in coming seasons.
And while Brock has been reigning on the UIL mountain top for the past four years, about to try for another tenure of holding the title, Aledo’s Ladycats have climbed newly-attained heights, and hope to continue their trek on Thursday— and finish the job Saturday.
The Ladycats have proven their resilience during the 2012-13 campaign — most recently in the Class 4A, Region I Tournament final in Snyder.
After building what seemed to be a put-away lead against El Paso Hanks, a rush of Hanks’ offense closed the gap relatively quickly and wrested the lead away from Aledo, a feat that may have unhinged most squads. But the AHS girls gathered their composure, regained the lead, and held on for a 50-48 win to earn the state tourney berth.
Dallas Lincoln is Aledo’s next test, playing on Thursday at “The Superdrum,” in Austin, with a 7 p.m. start. It will be another tough one, but there is blood in the water at state championships, and anything can happen.
Brock has proven itself to be goal-worthy, and though the Lady Eagles’ path through the brackets has been strewn with out-classed victims thus far (a 24-point average winning margin), competition takes a dramatic upturn as regional champs converge. Add to that the desire of the other three teams’ hope to unseat the four-time champs and the potential for classic matches, beginning Friday, takes on a life of its own.