“We missed Tori on defense tonight but we took care of business. Krystal Cuellar and Audrey Carranco came in and gave us relief at the helm,” said head coach Katina Walker,
The win, in the last regular season game of the year, secured a second place finish for the Lady Trojan basketball squad. They will meet the third place squad from District 29-4A on Tuesday next week in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The game will be played in Floresville at 8 p.m. An opponent is yet to be determined as the District 29-4A race has the possibility of a playoff for positioning.
The Lady Trojans doubled up on the Cherokees in the first quarter of Tuesday’s tilt. It was 12-6 contest with the Beeville girls taking command. The Lady Trojans started by scoring the first 10 points in the contest and had the Cherokees fighting an uphill battle right from the opening tip. It was 12-6 at the end of the first and the Lady Trojans held a 26-19 lead at the half.
The Cherokees stayed close but lost another three points on the scoreboard in the third as the Beeville girls out-scored the visitors 17-14 to head into the final period up by 10 points at 43-33.
The teams played evenly down the stretch. The Cherokees got as close as five points at 49-44, but had to foul with less than a minute remaining to try and get the ball back on offense. Victoria Elizalde was the benefactor of the T-M fouls and made four of six shots from the charity stripe in the final few seconds to ice the game. The Cherokees miss-fired on a couple of treys, and the Lady Trojans rebounded the misses to make the final a 53-44 win for the Beeville girls.
Elizalde led all scorers on the night with 24 points. Ciara Garcia worked hard inside for her 12 markers. Brennan Holder hit for six points in the win. Theresa Amador added four points as did Krystal Cuellar. Brianna Jackson contributed two fourth quarter points to help the Lady Trojans. Audrey Carranco made good on one free throw to complete the Beeville scoring.
The win improves the Lady Trojan season record to 26-8 on the year, and they finished district play at 8-4 for second place behind Victoria East.
“We took care of our own fate tonight and it is a good feeling,” said Walker.