Because the Wall High School Lady Hawks won their regional semifinal game against Childress the night before, sports writer Carlos Silva and I headed back to Midland College's Chaparral Center for the final against Merkel. This game was going to be much different than the one the day before. Merkel, No. 2 in the state, boasted two post players who where at least six-feet tall and had a chip on their shoulders from last year when Wall upset them in the regional quarterfinals.
It was more or less a role reversal from the game a day before as Merkel outscored Wall 14-3 in the first quarter. Many of Merkel's points came from put-back shots under the basket from their six-foot players. Wall did manage to make a dent in the deficit, but still trailed 27-14 at the half.
The second half of the game was all Merkel.Wall just couldn't find a way to challenge them on rebounds or shot accuracy. The Lady Hawks managed to get within 15 points late in the fourth, but with two minutes left and being out rebounded 39-17 by Merkel, it was pretty much over. The Lady Hawks' season came to an end with the 48-30 loss. This was the second year in a row that Wall fell one game short of going to the state tournament in Austin. It was fun while it lasted and now the sports staff and I turn our attention to the remaining boys teams still playing.