That was before they came to Beeville to take on the Lady Trojans.
The Beeville girls caused their district rivals to misstep on more than one occasion as they defeated the highly regarded Ladycats 46-43.
The Lady Trojans captured the District 30-4A opener over G-P to improve to 13-3 on the year and 1-0 in district play. G-P falls to 12-5 on the year and 0-1 in district.
G-P led early at 10-5, but the Lady Trojans closed out the first period with a 5-2 run that got them right back into the contest. The two teams played evenly over the second quarter, each recording 12 markers as G-P led at the half 24-22.
“We looked a little nervous from the jump. We were forcing things to happen rather than just let them happen,” said A.C. Jones head coach Katina Walker.
The Lady Trojans stepped up their defensive pressure, changing from their usual press and forcing the Ladycats to deal with tight zone coverages. Wing Brennan Holder was given the task of slowing down the G-P main offensive weapon, Sarah Wisor, to try and stop the frequent and uncontested lay-ups the Lady Cats had gotten in the first half.
“Brennan was one of our key defensive players in this game. She stuck with Wisor and guarded her brilliantly, keeping her off the boards,” Walker said.
The JHS defense was tough on the Ladycats in the third period, allowing just seven G-P points. The hosts hit for 12 markers to grab the lead at 34-31.
G-P refused to fold and scored the first two baskets of the fourth to gain a slim 35-34 lead. It would be their last as Victoria Elizalde took over the game offensively and defensively.
Elizalde scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, including a couple of timely three-pointers. Two free throws from Elizalde gave the Beeville girls their biggest lead of the night at 46-39 with just 1:55 left in the game.
“Victoria’s play in the fourth quarter got us on a scoring roll. She hit two threes which gave us some breathing room,” Walker said.
“In addition, she had a steal which she converted into an assisted lay-up. This changed the momentum of the game, as well as gave the Lady Trojans confidence to finish the game.”
G-P hit one basket to pull within five and another two-pointer with just six seconds left on the clock to make the final a 46-43 victory for the Lady Trojans.
Theresa Amador took over the scoring honors in the first half with several jumpers and 11 points to keep the Jones ladies in the contest. Amador finished the night with 14 markers as she hit one long-range jumper in the second half. She also pulled down eight rebounds for Beeville.
Elizalde ended up with 26 points on the night to go along with seven rebounds, four steals, two blocks and seven assists.
Ciara Garcia added six points and helped the Lady Trojans control the boards late in the game with eight rebounds. Defensively, Garcia came up with two steals. Holder did not score in the contest but contributed with her defensive effort and hauled in five rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Trojans were in Victoria on Friday night to tangle with the Victoria West Warriors in their second district battle. On Tuesday night, the Beeville varsity will travel to Gonzales for a non-district tilt.