Bandera High School took on the liberty Hill Panthers in the first round of the UIL State Playoffs at Johnson City High School on Feb. 25.
Liberty Hill entered the game as champions of its district and defending state champion runner-ups, while the Bulldogs entered the game days after defeating Canyon Lake for the fourth and final
The Panthers were too much for Bandera, defeating the Bulldogs 101-42.
In the first half, the Panthers defense took over and smothered the Bulldogs offense with full court pressure, forcing them to take tough shots. Bandera trailed 56-15 into the break.
The second half was little different than the first, as the Panthers continued to pressure the Bulldogs defensively throughout the game.
Bulldog seniors Taylor Brown, Kyle Corbin, and Solomon MacNeil played the majority of the fourth quarter, as it would be the last time they would take part in high school basketball at Bandera.
In the end, the Bulldogs were unable to match the physical and fundamental play of liberty Hill. With that loss, the Bulldogs memorable season came to an end, getting to a place that not saw coming.
“Before the season began, I met with the team and their parents, and we talked about our goals for the season and what we wanted to accomplish,” said Carl D. Lee, Bandera’s Boys’ Basketball coach. “One of those goals was to make the playoffs and we did just that when many people outside of our circle did not expect us to even win a game in district or make the the playoffs.
“Regardless of what people said or where we were picked to finish in district, we believed in each other and achieved our goal.”
In the final game, Trace Decker, Tyler Moore and Liam Demarchi scored 10 apiece, Corbin added 7 points and Ryan Decker contributed 5 points.
The Bulldogs ended the year with a district record of 4-7 and an overall 8-28 record.
Carl D. Lee is Bandera High School’s head Boys’ Basketball coach.