Llano’s Courtney Mize and Claire Williams have been wearing out the nets of late with their 3-point shooting. Mize has been firing away and leads the Lady Jackets in scoring for the season with an 18-point per game average. The team has responded in coach Joe Downey’s second season at Llano. The Lady Jackets are a modest 6-7 on the season, but are averaging 19 points more than they did last year.
Llano’s basketball teams will head out for tournaments this week. The Llano boys will compete at the Canyon Lake Tournament. The Jackets have a victory over the Hawks. Llano also had a road trip on Tuesday at San Angelo Lakeview. The Jackets played Brownwood and Christoval in the Ballinger Tournament last week along with a matchup with Bandera in a single game. Bandera beat the Jacket, 55-44, on Dec. 2. Bandera featured one of the best point guards in the region in Ty Neff. The 5-10 senior scored 21 points to lead the way. Post players Averie Mansfield and Noah Nelson added 15 and six points, respectively for the balanced Bulldogs.
Llano senior middle blocker Lacey Redden earned first team all-district for the Lady Jackets in volleyball. Making second team for Llano was senior libero Christy Vassar. Five Lady Jackets made the academic all-district team including Kathryn Cunningham, Christy Vassar, Claire Williams, Lexi Lucas and Jessie Barron.
Jai Bhakta leaves his feet in an attempt to defend against Georgetown East View. The Jackets will compete in the Ballinger Tournament, starting Thursday.
By Mark Goodson
Llano beat Canyon Lake behind a strong first half effort to earn the team’s first win of the season before the Thanksgiving break. Llano raced out to a 20-12 lead and went on to post a 64-48 victory over the Canyon Lake Hawks. Llano led 35-20 at halftime and both teams kept up the pace in the third quarter with Llano scoring 23 points in the third.
Llano dropped its first two games of the boys basketball season last week and made a trip to Canyon Lake Tuesday before breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Saturday, Nov. 22, the Jackets had a slow start against an athletic Georgetown East View squad, but rallied to make the game interesting before losing.
Llano opened its season on Tuesday with a guardheavy squad. The Jackets have four veterans from last year’s rotation that will start the season, including the backcourt tandem of Joey Albor and Jai Bhakta. Logan Bauer also returns after earning a lot of minutes last year for the first team to make the playoffs in 18 years for the Jackets.
The Llano Lady Jackets will compete in the San Saba Tournament, starting Thursday. The tournament will be a pool play tournament with eight teams. The Lady Jackets are in the B pool with Brownwood, Hico and Bangs. The A pool will include host San Saba, Faith Academy of Marble Falls, Early and Cherokee.
Llano’s Luke Snitkin caught a 10-yard touchdown pass for the Jackets lone score in the team’s 61-7 loss to Geronimo Navarro in the team’s season finale Friday night. The Jackets finish the season at 2-8 and winless in District 13- 4A Division II. Navarro improved to 9-1 and unbeaten in district play, utilizing a devastating defense and strong running game.