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December 30, 2012

Year in Review: No. 5 - No. 1 stories from 2012


NO. 1: NECHES CAPTURES ANOTHER TITLE — The ways to describe the four-year run of the Neches girls’ basketball program are running short.

The Lady Tigers did what they do once again in 2012, traveling down to Austin and dominating en route to a third-straight state title.

The win ended the careers of Neches’ legends Roddricka Patton, Raven McFarland, Cheyenne Haskins, Kristen Green and Lyric Duncan, a senior class that never didn’t play for a state title.

The one thing that was a bit different this time was that Neches got a bit of a challenge before getting to state.

The Lady Tigers edged past Goodrich by one point in the regional quarterfinals, then they all got what they wanted from unbeaten Saltillo in the regional finals before sealing the victory.

But, once they were down at state, a place that many felt right at home at, they made things looks easy again.

The Lady Tigers dispatched of Moulton in the semifinals with a 22-point win, then rolled to the championship with a 60-41 win over Lipan.

The win also gave coach Andy Snider his third state title, giving him one more title than his legendary coach father, Lee. Lee won titles in 1973 and 1976 with the Lady Tigers.


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