Lady Trojan frosh grab one win at Bishop tourney
by Bruce Harper
Nov 29, 2012 | 1192 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BISHOP — Experience is tantamount in the early season tournaments for all ninth-grade basketball teams, and the Lady Trojan freshman got three games under their belts in the Bishop tournament the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The young Lady Trojans picked up one victory and two close defeats, but the important thing was to progress toward becoming a cohesive team and be ready for district play, according to the coaches.

The opening round had the Beeville girls playing Banquete, and the Lady Trojans kept the Lady Bulldogs on a short leash to capture a 17-8 victory.

“The team played well on both sides of the court but had some problems putting the ball in the basket,” said coach Abel Barrera.

Gabriella Hyturria led the Beeville scoring with six points. Janie Cano followed with four markers and Amber Garcia hit for three. Tiffany Vargas and Samantha Salazar were held to two points apiece.

The second game of the day had the Lady Trojans meeting the Miller Lady Bucs.

The game was the first of the day for Miller as their first round opponent failed to show and the Bucs advanced on a bye.

“This was a defensive battle between the teams. I was happy with the overall effort the girls played with in their second game,” Barrera said.

“Miller was ready for us with fresh legs.”

The game still came down to the wire, but the Lady Trojans fell just short, 18-17.

“I was proud of their effort because, even to the last whistle, we had determined players taking a possible game-winning shot. It just did not go in,” Barrera said.

Amanda Garza led the Lady Trojan scoring with 13 points. Cano and Salazar each contributed two points in the close loss.

The Lady Trojans’ final game was on Saturday, Nov. 17, and they faced the Lady Pirates from Sinton.

The game was a little more fast paced as the teams traded baskets most of the way. The Lady Trojans improved their offensive attack each quarter but finally came up three points shy of forcing the contest into overtime. It was a 32-29 win for the Pirate girls.

Salazar led the Beeville scoring with 10 points. Garza sank six points as did Vargas. Elaina Rodriguez, Amber Garcia, and Cano contributed two each. Hyturria made one free throw.

“I am pleased with the experience these girls had in the tournament. We are looking forward to playing in our own tournament in Beeville,” Barrera said.

The freshman and JV girls will host a tournament here that begins on Thursday morning and runs through Saturday’s finals.
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