Regional trip on the line late

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FHS blows past area, plays Liberty Hill late

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Solid defense led the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball to a 65-31 victory against the El Campo Ricebirds on Friday night.

With the win, the Billies advanced to the Region 4-4A quarterfinals.

FHS faced Liberty Hill late Tuesday in Marble Falls.

“We just had to focus on playing solid team defense and we did that,” head coach Carrie Grona said.

El Campo inched close to the Billies in the first quarter but struggled to keep up, as the Billies outscored the Ricebirds 46-16 in the three remaining quarters of the game.

“We wanted to pressure them just enough to make them uncomfortable and have to make quick decisions,” Grona said.

FHS had strong shooting throughout the game which Grona contributes to lots of reps and time shooting during practice.

FHS was led in scoring by junior Audrey Spurgin with 16 points. Spurgin added 12 rebounds, four steals and one assist.

Freshman Ella Hartmann had 15 points, six assists, five steals and one rebound.

FHS 65— El Campo 31

Friday, Feb. 21 in Pflugerville

Scoring: Audrey Spurgin 16, Ella Hartmann 15, Brittley Bowers 8,

Brooke Batch 8, Anabel Araiza 8, Caitie Huff 6, Avery Crouse 2, Misty Danz 1, Anna Gold 1.

Assists: Hartmann 6 Bowers 3, Batch 3, Araiza 2, Huff 1, Spurgin 1.

Rebounds: Spurgin 12, Huff 6, Gold 3, Bowers 3, Batch 3, Araiza 2, Hartmann 1.

Steals: Hartmann 5, Batch 5, Spurgin 4, Araiza 4, Crouse 3, Bowers 2, Gold 2, Huff 1.

Blocks: Huff 1, Bowers 1.

Liberty Hill

With a win against El Campo, FHS faced Liberty Hill in the regional quarter finals Tuesday night, a team they lost to in the regional semifinals during the 2018-19 season.

Grona contributed the season ending loss to too many turnovers and not being able to handle high pressure situations.

“You can’t win a game with 31 turnovers, we couldn’t shoot on the outside and we just didn’t have our rhythm,” she said last season. “I think it had to do with us trying to do something in a highpressure situation.”

FHS also lost to the Panthers earlier in the season, 50-44.

To get a win, Grona said her team will have to take care of the basketball, commit fewer turnovers and pound it into the post and shoot higher from the outside.

“Every team we face we have to make minor adjustments,” Grona said. “We just have to say healthy and keep the team positive.”