High school basketball teams in playoff-berth stretch drive


Gonzales Boys

The Gonzales High School boys basketball team could not sustain a quick start, and fell at home to Cuero, 59-50, to close out the first half of 4A District 27 play on Jan. 26. The Apaches were coming off a bye on Jan. 22.

The Apaches (1-3, 5-8) find themselves in fourth place in the five-team district, a game behind Pleasanton (2-2, 13-8) and a game ahead of Navarro (0-4, 4-10). La Vernia (4-0, 13-5) tops the district. With the win, Cuero (3-1, 7-2) is in second place.

The Apaches (1-3, 5-9) face La Vernia on the road on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., before returning home against Navarro on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The Apaches beat La Vernia, 44-36, on Jan. 12, and narrowly lost to Navarro, 53-51, on Jan. 15.

Gonzales girls

The Gonzales High School girls basketball opened the second half of 4A District 27 play with a 40-29 loss Jan. 26 at Cuero.

The Lady Apaches (1-4, 10-8) remain in fourth place in the five-team district with three games left to play against La Vernia (3-3, 17-6), Navarro (5-0, 23-1) and Pleasanton (0-6, 8-14).

Wins over La Vernia and Pleasanton would put the girls in the running for the No. 3 seed. Otherwise, barring an upset of Navarro, the team’s playoff fate may come down to the district finale against Pleasanton.

The team is back home on Friday, Jan. 29 against La Vernia, and then on the road Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Navarro. The Lady Apaches earlier lost to La Vernia, 66-48, and to Navarro, 53-35.

Nixon-Smiley boys

The Nixon-Smiley High School boys basketball team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 61-53 double-overtime win at home against Luling on Jan. 26 in 3A District 26 action.

With the win, the Mustangs (4-5, 5-8) pulled within a game of Stockdale (5-4, 12-4) for the district’s fourth and final playoff berth. Cole tops the district at 9-0, followed by Marion (6-3) and Randolph (7-2).

Four of the five Mustangs’ final district games are against teams ahead of them in the standings: Feb. 2 at Marion, Feb. 5 at home vs. Randolph, Feb. 9 at Stockdale, and Feb. 12 back home against Cole. The Mustangs next play at home against Great Hearts Mountain View.

The Mustangs host Great Hearts Mountain View Friday, Jan. 29 and then travel to Marion on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Both games are at 6:30 p.m.

Nixon-Smiley Girls

The Nixon-Smiley High School girls basketball team lost its 3A District 26 matchup at Luling, 66-44, on Jan. 26.

With two district games left, the Lady Mustangs are solidly in third place with a 6-4 record, trailing undefeated Cole (10-0) and Luling (9-1), but ahead of its final two opponents, Marion (4-6) and Randolph (4-5).

The girls are off until a home game Tuesday, Feb. 2 against Marion. Their finale is at Randolph on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Tip-off for both games is at 6:30 p.m.