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Lady Trojans capture third at West Oso tourney
by Bruce Harper
Jan 02, 2013 | 943 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WEST OSO — It was a good run, but the Lady Trojans fell a little short of their goal as they settled for a third place trophy in the West Oso Lady Bears’ Holiday Tournament over the weekend.

The Beeville girls’ journey began on Thursday with a 59-42 win over the Rockport-Fulton Lady Pirates. A second half defensive adjustment made the difference. The Lady Pirates held a slim 27-26 lead at the half, but the Lady Trojans came out of the locker rooms and went to a tenacious man-to-man defense that left the Pirates walking the plank in the second half.

Beeville’s ladies used their defense to spark their offense and rolled to a 24-10 advantage in the third period scoring. That gave the Lady Trojans a 50-37 lead heading into the final eight minutes. The Lady Trojans slowed things down in that final quarter, and it was a satisfying win for the Beeville squad.

In round two, the Lady Trojans relied on their defense again as the Flour Bluff Lady Hornets tried to slow the pace and keep close to them. The Beeville girls kept the FB girls under 10 points in each of the four quarters to pull away for a 39-27 victory and advance into the semifinals on Friday night against Alice.

The tough Coyotes jumped out to an early lead and the Beeville girls had to fight uphill the rest of the night. Alice led 19-5 after one period and trailed 25-14 at the half.

The Lady Trojans cut one more point off that margin heading into the final quarter but fell just short, 48-44, to the Coyotes.

The loss put the Lady Trojans into the third place game on Saturday and the Beeville girls went on the court against the Houston Wheatley Wildcats. It took a strong fourth quarter rally by the Lady Trojans to pull out a win against the Wildcats.

Wheatley led 22-21 at the half and 34-32 at the end of three quarters. A 12-1 run by the Lady Trojans led by Victoria Elizalde’s eight points during the run. The final went to the Beeville girls 42-37 to bring home the third place hardware and improve their overall record on the year to 19-5.

In the third place game, Elizalde finished with 14 points. Theresa Amador hit for 12 markers. Paige McKinney and Krystal Cuellar contributed six tallies each. Brennan Holder added four points. The Lady Trojans were without starting forward Ciara Garcia, who missed the game because of family obligations on the holiday weekend.

Elizalde was named to the all-tournament team by the coaches.

Alice went on to win the tournament championship with a close 43-42 win over the host Lady Bears.

The Lady Trojans get back to their District 30-4A battles on Friday night when they travel to Port Lavaca to tackle the Calhoun Sandies.
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