Sub Varsity End of Season Play

Theoretically, sub-varsity teams in athletics have the same purpose as the advancement through other educational levels and academic disciplines in a school system — sharpening individual skills to be successful and, if possible, developing winning attitudes to enhance the chance of producing or retaining a winning group dynamic. If this definition is true, the Georgetown Lady Eagles basketball program should receive an A-plus report card for its performance on the junior varsity and freshman levels. We know that in her 31 seasons at GHS, coach Rhonda Farney has taken teams to the University Interscholastic League state playoffs in 29 consecutive years and have posted 30 straight winning seasons.


This season, despite replacing two outstanding veteran assistant coaches, the Lady Eagles’ program produced a combined 38-0 record  in District 18-5A competition. That’s perfect 12-0 marks on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman A levels. They were 2-0 on the freshman B plateau as only GHS and East View field teams on that level. When you take an in-depth look at what Kevin Spruill’s JV and the freshman under first-year mentors Katie Youngblood — an apparent Lady Eagle for life — and Tosha Doherty have accomplished is even more impressive. The JV was 25-2 on the year and the Freshman Blue was 24-2. Talent, the building of strong fundamental understanding of the sport, a culture of wanting to learn and improve, long hours of the staff and, at times, a lack of basketball sophistication on the lower levels of some rival programs have combined to produce this result.


If we breakdown the numbers, the Freshman Blue outscored their 12 district opponents 842-192 (an average of 54.4 points a game), holding seven opponents under 20 points seven times and to single digits four times. The most points allowed by the Blue was 30 points in the second meeting with Manor. The most points scored by the Blue was 85 in an 85-4 win over Bastrop Cedar Creek. As for the JV outscored its 18-5A foes 713-258 (an average of 37.9 points a game). allowing six opponents 20 points or less and two in single digits. The most points allowed in district was 38 in the season finale with East View. The highest point total was 76 in the second game with Cedar Creek.


“I’m so proud of what our JV and two freshman teams have accomplished,” Farney said. “We had a group of dedicated players and coaches.  I don’t think peoples realize what our coaches have to do with their own teams along with working with the varsity. They also teach four classes a day. They get here a 6 a.m. and stay until all the work is completed, including scouting duties and games.”


Freshman coaches Youngblood and Doherty, who replacing veteran staffers Kristin Curtis and Kellye Richardson, came to the staff from different directions.

Youngblood played basketball for the Lady Eagles, graduating in 2012, and was president of the Lady Eagles Basketball Booster Club and working with the Little Dribblers. She left private business to join the staff this year.Doherty moved over to GHS after a stint coaching at Forbes Middle School.  She played her high school ball at Tuscola Jim Ned, received here degrees from Texas Tech and was a graduate assistant at Wayland Baptist before coming to Georgetown in 2015.


Spruill, the son of long-time GHS soccer and volleyball coach Butch Spruill, is a Georgetown graduate and athlete, who graduated from Texas State University. He is in her 13th year at the GISD — 10 years on the boys athletic staff at Forbes and three with the Lady Eagles.  “I’m extremely proud of this team,” Spruill said of his first JV team after working two seasons with the freshman. “We’ve had some rough spots along the way, but we’ve continually had different kids step up and contribute. We were able to finish the season with 23 consecutive victories — and that’s something special.  It’s been special watching the kids continue to improve and grow into themselves.” One major thing that JV overcame was losing its point guard — junior Kylee Sander — to a varsity call up at mid season. She was one of three juniors that started on year on the JV along with team scoring leader Mercedes Robledo and guard Hailey Hanson. Sophomore making key contributions included post Lauren Woodard, post Vyctorya Lehr, 3-point ace Jordan Stout, forward Morgan Herring and guard Bailey Miller.Others on the JV roster were Reece Johnson, Grace Kearney, Natalie Hutchens, McKenna Johnson and Maddie LaCour. Lizette Rodriguez was the manager.


“When we started we knew we had a lot of talent,” Doherty said of the freshman talent pool. “They started the season strong and responded well to opponents and we knew we had an outstanding class. We got a chance to see the girls grow on and off the court, both physically and mentally as athletes and young women. You cannot ask for more throughout a season, and we are excited for what their futures hold. ” Except for health problems, the Freshman Blue  roster was a bit more static with post Dylann Jones, post Brielle Maxwell, guard Ella Vickers, forward Kristen Lott and forward Lauren Cavanaugh. Others on the freshman rosters — both Blue and White — Samantha Folsom, Jacqui Spencer, Baylie Foster, Morgan Larson, Abigail Rutledge, Aryana Hill, Talaya Roston, Emma Miller, Kylie Neu, Sheila Lee, Emma Miller, Avery Tisdell and Emyris Mims. Mya Stoglin was the manager. The Freshmen White finished the season with a 10-5 record. As of this week, sub-varsity performers Woodard, Lehr and Jones have been moved up to the varsity for the playoffs.


Farney also had kind words for the work done by her middle school coaches — Nicole Zavala (Benold eighth grade), Samantha Mancinelli (Forbes eighth grade), Mitzi Hughey (Benold seventh grade) and Macey Hampton (Forbes seventh grade).




No. — Name  (Grade)                               Pos.

10 — Jordan Stout (soph.)                            G

14 —  Bailey Miller (soph.)                           G

15 — Hailey Hanson (jr.)                                G

21 — Reece Johnson (soph.)                       G

23 — Grace Kearney (soph.)                        G

25 — Natalie Hutchens (soph.)                  G

30 — McKenna Jansen (soph.)                    P

32 — Vyctorya Lehr (soph.)                          P

33 — Mercedes Robledo  (jr.)  G

34 — Megan Herring (soph.)                       P

42 — Lauren Woodard (soph.)                   P

45 — Maddie LaCour (soph.)                      P

Coach: Kevin Spruill.

Manager: Lizette Rodriguez.



(District record, 12-0)

Opponent                                    Score

Bastrop                                            62-24

@ Elgin                                            58-13

Manor                                              57-24

@ Cedar Creek                             73-13

Hutto                                               53-24

East View                                       46-18

@ Bastrop                                      65- 8

Elgin                                                 55-16

@ Manor                                        64-33

Cedar Creek                                  76-19

@ Hutto                                          61-28

@ East View                                 43-38

TOTAL                                           713-258




No. — Name                                Pos.

10 — Kylie Neu                                G

12 — Samantha Folsom                G

13 — Jacqui Spencer                      G

14 — Avery Tisdell                          G

15 — Ella Vickers                             G

20 — Kristen Lott                              F

24 — Morgan Larson                      G

25 — Lauren Cavanaugh               F

32 — Sheila Lee                               P

33 — Brielle Maxwell                   P

34 — Abigail Rutledge                 G

35 — Aryana Hill                             F

40 — Talaya Rolston                      F

44 — Emma Miller                         F

45 — Emyris Mims                      P

52 — Baylie Foster                        G

54 — Dylann Jones                        P

Coaches: Tosha Doherty and Katie Youngblood.

Manager: Mya Stoglin.




(District record, 12-0)

Opponent                                    Score

Bastrop                                            81- 4

@ Elgin                                            78-23

Manor                                              74-23

@ Cedar Creek                             85- 4

Hutto                                               73-19

East View                                      51-27

@ Bastrop                                     78-11

Elgin                                                74- 6

@ Manor                                       82-30

Cedar Creek                                 69- 6

@ Hutto                                         56-10

@ East View                                41-29

TOTALS                                      842-192




(District record, 2-0)

Opponent                                    Score

East View                                     34-15

@ East View                               forfeit

NOTE — GHS at East View are the only two teams in District 18-5A with freshman B squads.



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