FHS girls’ basketball team turns up the heat in playoff game victory

  • FHS girls’ basketball team turns up the heat in playoff game victory
    FHS girls’ basketball team turns up the heat in playoff game victory

In a zone, would be the best way to describe the Billies girls’ basketball team after Friday’s 72-29 victory over Gonzales in the first round of the playoffs.

The bi-district matchup was scheduled to be played on Thursday, Feb. 11 but the severe winter weather storms that shut down schools and Texas roads last week also postponed high school playoff basketball games.

The team’s spacing and timing was aided by their good footwork, which resulted in many shot opportunities.

“I tell the girls that it’s 80% mental and 20% rhythm,” Head Coach Carrie Grona told Billies.Live announcer Don Brookshire after the game.

It seems the Billies have been in this zone the entire season, which is why they have been ranked No. 3 by Texas High School Basketball Coaches Association since November.

Their 24-1 record also helped establish their dominance.

As for their rhythm, they were 60% from three-point range, 63% at the free throw line and 55% from the field. The later statistic was helped along by the team’s three-pointers.

Avery Crouse landed two of three treys, while Brittley Bowers made three of five and Ella Hartmann three of six.

“It’s all muscle memory,” Grona said on Billies.Live. “We went back to basics at practice and their footwork is working. We moved the ball around a lot and got some wide open shots.”

The Billies girls’ basketball team is heading into their eighth consecutive area playoff game. They were scheduled to play Sweeny at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Flatonia High School.

However, severe weather conditions related to the winter storm Uri blanketed all of Texas with ice and snow and caused the cancellations of school and playoff games.

The University Interscholastic League is working to facilitate basketball games throughout Texas.

“With wintery conditions delaying basketball games, UIL will be extending certification deadlines. Once we know more about when travel conditions will improve, UIL will communicate extensions to facilitate girls’ basketball playoff rounds and the completion of boys’ basketball district play,” according to Charles Breithaupt, executive director of UIL. “There are no plans for determining playoff round winners via coin toss. We will release a plan that allows for games to be played once more information is available related to the weather. Schools who are able to safely travel should do so according to the posted certification deadlines.”


Grona was incorrectly quoted in last week’s newspaper article about the Gonzales playoff game.

The correct quote was: “This should be one of those games we should win,” said Coach Carrie Grona.

FHS 72, Gonzales 29

Scoring: Ella Hartmann 21, Brittley Bowers 13, Avery Crouse 10, Madison Frantzen 8, Anabel Araiza 7, Audrey Spurgin 7, Misty Danz 3, Madison McKinnon 3.

Rebounds: Hartmann 5, Crouse 5, Spurgin 4, Bowers 3, Frantzen 3, Araiza 2, Ryann Gallagher 1, Taylor Grona 1, Danz 1,

Steals: Bowers 7, Araiza 5, Hartmann 3, McKinnon 3, Grona 2, Crouse 2, Gallagher 1.

Assists: Hartmann 4, Bowers 3, Araiza 2, Crouse 2, Danz 1, Spurgin 1, Frantzen 1. McKinnon 1.

Blocks: Spurgin 1.