Parity in new league gives hope to everybody

Cody Skubal leads the Tigers in four categories as they enter district play Friday at LaGrange. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Cody Skubal leads the Tigers in four categories as they enter district play Friday at LaGrange. Reporter/Bill Martin The teams in District 23-3A are so evenly matched up, no one would even blink if four or five teams showed up with identical 5-5 records when all the dust is cleared.

While Navasota is the unanimous choice to pack up another district crown, the rest of the pack falls into much murkier waters.

Any two of the remaining five teams could find themselves still standing when the league ledger is complete.

“Basically you have Navasota, the probable district champion, and the rest of us fighting it out for second and third,” said Rockdale Coach Dusty Loewe, beginning his 34th year of district battles. “Whoever gets on a roll. We could possibly have four teams tied at 5-5 for the runnerup position.

“It’s going to be interesting to see who can get hot in the next four weeks.”

Navasota’s unimpressive 4-3 mark comes from a deep run in the football playoffs.

“From the scores I’ve seen- Navasota is still the probable front runner,” Loewe said. “But, maybe not as strong as in the past.

“Caldwell is much improved and has been putting up more points this year and has already won 10 games. Smithville started out strong but has dropped a few lately. They have a real good three-point shooter.

“Giddings has lost two out of three to Taylor, but plays you tough at home. LaGrange lost to Mumford by 30 but beat Smithvile and Bartlett recently.”

Liberty Hill

In their final warmup before district play tips off, the Tigers were thumped by No. 8 Liberty Hill 87-49 on the road.

The Panthers (19-4) leapt out to a 49-25 lead by halftime and were up 70-38 after the end of three quarters.

Rockdale was playing without 6-foot-6 postman Le’Raven Clark who was participating in the Under Armour All-America High School football game and Liberty Hill was able to take advantage of its size inside.

Justin Green, a 6-foot-4 senior, dropped in 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Panthers who have reeled off 16 wins in their last 17 games.

Cody Skubal led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points on eightfor

12 accuracy from the floor.

Skubal also turned in f ive rebounds and three steals while Derek David added 10 points and a team-high six boards.

Rockdale shot 48 percent from the f loor, but got off only 40 shots on the evening and turned the ball over an eye-popping 44 times.

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