Hondo’s season ends in first round at State

By Todd Fuqua

Being seeded No. 9 in the Class 1A State tournament means you’re on the road in the first round, but also means you’re in a matchup against a team that’s just one spot above you. It usually means a good close game.

Unfortunately for the No. 9 seeded Hondo Eagle girls team, the close seeding didn’t translate to a close game in a 73-48 loss on March 2.

Things started off very badly for the Eagles (17-9) when senior Joyce Ann Cooper hurt her knee in the first quarter, effectively ending her high school basketball career.

Add to that a number of officiating calls that went against Hondo, and things ended in a rout.

“Joyce Ann was hurt, and I had five of my starters with fouls, so I had to play a lot of the young kids,” said Hondo coach Adam Romero. “They jumped up on us and we never came back.”

While the game may have been exactly the opposite kind of ending the Eagles may have wanted, Romero said he was proud of how his girls played.

“They played hard and did their best,” Romero said. “That’s all I could ask. I was proud to see how well they did. We had a successful season overall. I had a good time coaching them and they had a good time playing.”

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