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MMS seventh-graders capture championship trophy Eighth-grade Lady Trojans win two, lose two
by Bruce Harper
Dec 13, 2012 | 1286 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Moreno Middle School seventh-grade A Lady Trojans won first place in the recent Victoria tournament, going undefeated for the event. Team members include, from left, front row, Sadie Salazar, Kayla Johns, Maddie Rodriguez, Aaliyah Ruiz and Kaitlyn Pelitire; back row, Kaylee Gutierrez, August Evans, Raeann Flores, Saleen Flores and Kailey Perez. The team is coached by Michelle Mertz.
Contributed photo The Moreno Middle School seventh-grade A Lady Trojans won first place in the recent Victoria tournament, going undefeated for the event. Team members include, from left, front row, Sadie Salazar, Kayla Johns, Maddie Rodriguez, Aaliyah Ruiz and Kaitlyn Pelitire; back row, Kaylee Gutierrez, August Evans, Raeann Flores, Saleen Flores and Kailey Perez. The team is coached by Michelle Mertz.
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VICTORIA — The seventh-grade Moreno Middle School Lady Trojans worked hard for their championship trophy in the Patti Welder over the last weekend of November, and the eighth-grade girls split their four games at the Howell tournament that same weekend.

The younger Lady Trojans swept all three games and did it quite convincingly. The first round game was against Goliad, and the Lady Trojans ran off from the young Lady Tigers 26-2. The Beeville defense was still on display in game two against Bloomington. The Beeville girls allowed Bloomington just eight points for the game and captured a 26-8 victory that put them into the championship contest against Our Lady of Victory.

The final was a bit closer, but the Beeville defense was again the top story, limiting the OLV girls to 16 points for the game while the Lady Trojans hit for 28 to claim the championship.

Kailey Perez had 22 points for the Beeville girls in the three games, while Kayla Johns followed closely with 21 over the three tilts. According to MMS coach Michelle Mertz, the team got great defensive play from Kaitlyn Pelitire, Johns, Raeann Flores, Perez and Aaliyah Ruiz.

“The girls have really pulled together and are learning to play as a team,” said Mertz.

“Our defense has improved tremendously, and we are able to put constant pressure on our opponents, which creates a lot of turnover opportunities.”

The eighth-grade girls were at Howell Middle School for their Victoria tournament games. The Beeville girls came out cold in their first game and the Goliad Tigerettes, roared by them 43-12.

The second round contest on Saturday morning was a nail-biter as the Lady Trojans went into overtime against the Cade team before emerging with a 21-20 victory. On Saturday afternoon, the Beeville girls faced Victoria Stroman and overpowered those girls 29-2.

That win put the Lady Trojans in the consolation finals against Patti Welder. In their third game of the day, the Beeville girls ran out of gas late in the contest as Welder earned the win, 32-27.

Alyssa Silva hit a team-high 21 points over the four contests. Mari Gonzales recorded 13 points, and Abigail Traylor followed with 12 points for the tourney.

Cierra Gonzales produced nine markers. Michaela Chavarria and Alyssa Medina both had eight points for the four contests. Claudia Carranco contributed seven points, while Jasmine Lopez and Makayla Martinez sank four points each. Leticia Martinez closed out the scoring totals with three.

“We have a lot of work to do, and we’re going to get it done. Friday night was a wake-up call. We didn’t know what to expect from Goliad,” said MMS coach Linda Luna.

“Those girls came out fast and were all over us.”

The MMS girls play at Calallen on Thursday. Games begin at 5 p.m.
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