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Marble Falls girls hoops loses to Boerne High

CAPTION: Marble Falls head coach John Berkman (standing, left) notes playing at a high level is imperative to success, which is a great lesson learned from the loss to Boerne High. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The Marble Falls High School girls basketball team lost to Boerne High 52-21 Dec. 9.

The Lady Hounds (13-1) are ranked No. 6 in the Class 4A poll of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, while the Lady Mustangs (9-6) are at No. 22.

“We got beat, we weren’t ready to play,” head coach John Berkman said. “We’re not making excuses. We just weren’t ready to play. We want to be a team that’s ready to play anywhere anytime. We know we have to be ready to go at all times. You have to be ready.”

The contest was played at 4:30 p.m. to allow the Boerne team to travel to support its football team in the Class 4A Division I state semifinals.

“They are a great program,” Berkman said. “(Head coach Amy Ruede) does a phenomenal job and has built a great culture. They have a lot of players who are talented. They were at full strength and ready to go.”

Boerne seized control of the contest from the start and was eager to put its only loss of the season in the past. The Lady Hounds lost to Argyle at a tournament days earlier.

While Berkman wouldn’t cite the early tip-off time and being off schedule as the reasons why, the truth is the Lady Mustangs were without junior forward Avie Nail and senior forward Emma Koziel. Add in the limited availability of senior forward Lilly Nesrsta, and Marble Falls isn’t able to be as offensive as it would like.

“You’re looking for players to do more than their normal role,” the coach said. “In the fourth quarter, (Boerne) had more bodies to put in than we did. They had more depth to finish plays.”

Berkman noted the pre-district schedule is designed to get the Lady Mustangs ready for District 24-4A play and the postseason.

“These games are to get you mentally ready for those games,” he said.

Marble Falls travels to Gatesville Tuesday, Dec. 13, for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off and will welcome New Braunfels at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

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