BEEVILLE – The JV Lady Trojans opened their 2013-14 season with a close 44-42 victory over the visiting Miller Lady Bucs on Tuesday night.
The win was a come-from-behind beauty as the Beeville girls found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard most of the night.
Miller started strong and took a 12-6 lead after the first period. The Lady Trojans settled into the rhythm in the second quarter and tied the contest at 20-20 heading into the halftime break.
The young Lady Bucs took control again in the third by outscoring the Beeville girls 14-6 in the period. It was a 34-26 match going into the final seven minutes.
The Lady Trojans picked up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter and scrambled for every rebound and loose ball. The local girls began to chip away at the Miller lead. The Lady Trojans pulled within three points at 37-34 on a three-point play from Amanda Garza. Michaela Fernandez, a moment or two later, tied it at 39-39 with 2:18 left in the game.
The two teams went scoreless over the next minute 30 before Fernandez again came through. Fernandez made a basket plus a foul shot to move the Beeville girls in front 42-39 with 31 seconds left on the clock.
The Lady Trojans then came up with a defensive steal and added another basket to increase their lead by five, 44-39, with just a few ticks remaining. Miller made it closer with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, but it wasn’t enough and the Lady Trojans had earned a 44-42 victory to start their season.
Freshman Fernandez finished the night with a team high of 14 points. Amanda Garza was also in double figures with 10. Deziree Mendez and Tiffany Vargas each contributed six points for the win.
Defensive standouts for the Lady Trojans were Tiffany Vargas, Deziree Mendez, Alyssa Silva and Angelika Benavidez, according to coach Lisa Hess, who is in charge of the JV along with the varsity until JV coach Abel Barrera is finished with football.
“The whole team played hard and never gave up. The team shot 44 percent from the free throw line and had quite a few turnovers, which is fixable,” Hess said.
“We just need to have more practices and the girls will continue to improve.”
The JV and freshman girls will compete next in the Bishop tournament on Nov. 14-16.