COWGIRLS SURGE INTO DISTRICT

TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

McMullen County’s Caina Sneed hits a shot in a 64-11 home win against Annapolis on Jan. 5, the Cowgirls’ third straight win in a string a games from Jan. 3-5. The Cowgirls (18-3), which are ranked sixth this week by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, led 35-7 at halftime and did not allow Annapolis to make a field goal in the second half.

Caeli Taylor scored 19 of her 26 points in the first half. Chloe Taylor posted 15 points, including 11 in the second half. Madison Sherrer had 12 points. Brenda Beyer had seven points.

McMullen County head coach Shannon Taylor, who has taken the reins of the girls basketball team for the rest of the season Tony Taylor stepped away from his coaching duties due to family concerns, said he has been trying to get more players to score.

“They can’t stop one or two players. They have to try to stop four or five of us,” Shannon Taylor said.

The Cowgirls held each opponent in the Jan. 3-5 stretch to fewer than 30 points.

They beat Castle Hills 42-16 on Jan. 4. They led 21-12 at halftime before holding Castle Hills without a field goal in the third quarter while advancing to a 31-13 lead. Caeli Taylor scored 17 points, hitting four three-pointers. Chloe Taylor added 10 points.

The Cowgirls beat Woodsboro 44-26 on Jan. 3. They led 11-10 after the first quarter before building a 27-15 lead by halftime. Caeli Taylor led the way with 21 points. Chloe Taylor had 11 points.

McMullen County has won all 11 games by double digits since going 2-2 in the Tilden Classic, Shannon Taylor’s first weekend coaching the girls team.

“They’ve come a long way since the tournament,” he said. “It’s been about them getting to know me and what I want.”

At first, when Taylor took on the girls team, it was believed to be for a short time, but then Tony Taylor asked him to take care of it for the rest of the season.

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