High School: Dallas Covenant

Court order moves game time for Jewish HS

March, 1, 2012

An Orthodox Jewish high school basketball team from Houston has been granted a temporary restraining order that will allow it to play a state playoff game at a time that doesn't conflict with the Sabbath.

Robert M. Beren Academy was scheduled to play its Class 2A state semifinal game against Dallas Covenant at 9 p.m. Friday in Mansfield. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools would not change the game time and denied an appeal of that ruling.

Read Randy Jennings' complete story here.
Girls basketball games often produce lopsided scores, but the blowouts become less frequent in the playoffs.

That’s why Dallas Lincoln’s 81-5 whipping of Seagoville on Tuesday in the Class 4A Region II bi-district round caused more than a few double takes.

Seagoville didn’t score more than two points in any quarter and went scoreless in the fourth quarter. Lincoln led 57-4 at halftime.

Do-it-all point guard Breanna Hayden led the way for Lincoln with 20 points, while Jade Colbert (12), Kelsey Criner (11), Katora Criner (10) and Alisha Washington (10) all scored in double digits.

The one-sided matchup came because of Lincoln’s excellence (No. 4 in the ESPN Dallas Class 4A rankings) and Seagoville’s struggles.

Seagoville snuck into the playoffs as a No. 4 seed despite an overall losing record (11-19).

The UIL’s expansion of having four teams make the playoffs in each 4A district occasionally pits an extremely strong No. 1 seed against an overmatched No. 4 seed, producing shocking blowouts.

It seems to happen more often in girls basketball, bringing into question the sportsmanship of the winning team.

That debate reached a pitch on Jan. 13, 2009, when Dallas Covenant beat Dallas Academy, 100-0.

Lincoln (25-3) won’t have such an easy time of it in the area round where it will meet Frisco Liberty (26-6), which is No. 6 in the ESPNDallas.com rankings.