“Gonzales was a good win for us. Playing under pressure, in a close game, really helps younger kids think and understand the game. It’s about strategy, and keeping their composure,” said Lady Trojan head coach Lisa Hess.
“The team played hard the whole game and, in the end, kept their composure.”
The Gonzales girls were in town on Tuesday night and took an early lead on the Beeville girls. The Lady Trojans fought back, fighting for every loose ball, poking, tormenting and out-hustling the Apaches’ ball handlers every step of the way. The Beeville girls pulled within two points, 17-15, by the end of the first quarter.
The defensive pressure paid dividends in the second period as the Gonzales girls grew frustrated and turned the ball over several times to the ball-hawking hosts. The local girls recorded 17 points while holding the visitors to nine. Beeville led 32-26 at the half.
The third quarter was a defensive struggle for both squads. Neither team proved to be offensively aggressive, but the Apaches crept closer and heading into the final eight minutes it was a two-point tilt. Beeville had the advantage, 37-35.
The two teams battled deep into the fourth stanza. Gonzales grabbed a brief three-point lead midway through the period, but the Lady Trojans stormed back with some tough defense.
Lady Trojan guard Audrey Carranco sank her only two free throws of the second half with 1:12 left to play to tie the contest at 50-50. A defensive stop got the ball back for the Trojans and Marissa Rodriguez made good on a short jumper with under a minute remaining to give Beeville the lead at 52-50.
Gonzales had another opportunity or two but could not get off a clean shot, and the Lady Trojans held on for the victory, 52-50.
“We shot better free throws and played good pressure defense and had fewer turnovers. It was a total team effort,” Hess said.
“Everyone did their part, and I was very proud of them for playing so hard.”
Ciara Garcia led the Beeville, scoring with 18 points. Carranco collected 13, with 11 coming in the first half. MacKenzie Harvey added six points. Jocelyn Guzman recorded five. Margaret Downing and Marissa Rodriguez both contributed four. Sophia Galindo added two and helped control the glass with some good defensive rebounds.
The Lady Trojans were in Victoria for a Friday night date with the East Titans before taking a break for Christmas. Beginning next Friday, the Lady Trojans will compete in the West Oso tournament that wraps up with the tournament’s finals on Saturday.