The win ensures that the Lady Trojans will be in the postseason playoffs no matter what happens in their final two contests of the season. The Beeville girls were in Calallen on Friday night and will host Tuloso-Midway on Tuesday evening in the regular season finale.
“We came out as if possessed. We had girls going in and out and picking up right where the others left off,” said Lady Trojan head coach Katina Walker.
The Lady Trojans sport a 25-7 record overall and they stand 7-3 in district play.
The A.C. Jones squad and the Sandies played evenly over the first eight minutes. The Beeville girls grabbed an early 11-5 lead, but the Sandies fought back with a couple of baskets and one trey. The period ended with the Lady Trojans up by three, 15-12.
The Beeville girls were led in the first half by guard Victoria Elizalde’s offense and the team’s defense. Elizalde scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the first half.
The Calhoun girls added 15 second-period points, but the Lady Trojans, behind Elizalde, produced 19 to extend their margin to seven points and take a 34-27 lead into halftime.
Beeville’s swarming team defense took its toll on the Sandies in the third period. Tori Muñoz, Elizalde, Brennan Holder, Paige McKinney, Ciara Garcia and Theresa Amador held the Sandies to a mere four points. The Beeville girls poured in 17 points that quarter to take a 51-31 lead.
“Munoz and Garcia were all over the Sandies. They just would not let them breathe on the offensive end,” said Walker.
The Lady Trojans got an additional boost on offense from Krystal Cuellar and Sophia Galindo. Cuellar hit a long three-pointer and added three other baskets to help keep the JHS offense firing. Galindo played well underneath the basket and had two put-backs in the second half. Garcia also worked hard underneath and in the lane for a few short jumpers.
The hosts scored eight markers in the fourth while the Sandies added 13 tallies. They cut five points off the Beeville lead, but it was way too little and too late for them to mount a serious charge.
Elizalde led all scorers with her 23 points on the night. Cuellar followed with nine off the bench. Garcia popped in eight points. Muñoz had four markers, as did Galindo. Lynn Puente hit one trey. Holder and Amador both added another three points. Paige McKinney scored two and contributed more than a few blocks on defense.