“We just came off a tough loss last week against Goliad. How we came out tonight showed me the girls are hungry to make this season a good one,” said Lady Trojan head coach Katina Walker.
“We put the ball in the hole when it counted and got back on defense.”
Aransas Pass led 6-5 before the Beeville girls closed the first quarter with a 16-6 run to take control and head into the second quarter up 21-12.
The hosts’ defense was superb in the second quarter. The pressing man-to-man attack kept the Panthers in check and allowed the visitors to put up just six second period points. The Beeville girls got several transition points from the Panther turnovers and led 37-18 at the halftime break.
The two teams battled fairly evenly over the second half. The visitors cut one point from the Beeville lead by taking the third period 17-16, but the Lady Trojans still held a comfortable 53-35 advantage.
The fourth quarter was just as tight, but the Lady Trojans got the one point back as they made 14 fourth quarter markers to capture a 67-38 victory.
Victoria Elizalde led the A.C. Jones ladies with 19 points and had seven steals, eight assists and nine rebounds in the win. Krystal Cuellar was hot from the floor with 16 points on the night and contributed six steals. Tori Muñoz scored six points to go along with three steals and four rebounds.
Theresa Amador, plagued with early foul trouble, still recorded 11 points for the Lady Trojans. Brennan Holder managed seven points and pulled down five rebounds to go along with two steals. Paige McKinney finished with four points, as did Brianna Jackson.
“It was no means a perfect game, but we made improvements from the last time we played. Our defense was extremely aggressive,” Walker said.
The play of the Lady Trojan inside players was also a key, according to Walker.
“Our bigs – Theresa Amador Brennan Holder and Paige McKinney – are showing they want the ball and are not afraid of going down low,” the coach said.
The defensive tenacity of guards Tori Muñoz and Brianna Jackson was also noted by Walker.
The Beeville varsity will compete in the San Antonio Southside tournament this weekend. Coach Walker hopes to have a full squad of Lady Trojans.
“We hope to have the entire team ready for this tournament. We have had some injuries and have not been able to play full force,” she said.
On Monday, the Lady Trojans will travel to San Antonio to meet the Orange Grove Lady Bulldogs in a special match at the Spurs AT&T Center. On Tuesday, the Beeville girls will be back home to host Ingleside at 1 p.m.