The seventh-grade ladies rebounded from an opening round 28-13 loss to Gregory-Portland to win their next two for the consolation title. The Beeville girls swept Mathis 29-8 and then captured a 26-16 win over host Alice in the consolation finals.
“The Lady Trojans came out to play on Saturday and they showed great improvement on defense and finding the open girl on offense. Communication on the court was a lot better too,” said MMS coach Linda Luna.
“The girls really needed these two wins. Motivation and confidence are up.”
Lisa Tamez led the girls in scoring for the tournament with a combined total of 23 points over the three games. Alyssa Bates followed with 15 for the weekend. Eddika Ortega had 10 markers. Samantha Salazar followed with eight. Cheyenne DelBosque added four points while Marissa Rodriguez and Lynnzey Garcia both recorded three. Coach Luna also noted the defensive play of Estella Sanchez and Taylor Salazar as significant in the Beeville victories.
The MMS eighth-grade girls swept through the tournament undefeated to capture the first place trophy. The first round win was a 20-13 victory over the Gregory-Portland Ladycats. The Lady Trojans then blasted the Orange Grove Lady Bulldogs 42-9 to get into the tournament finals against the host Lady Coyotes. It was a 19-point, 46-27, win for the Lady Trojans to take the tourney title.
“The eighth-grade Lady Trojans played well together this weekend. They played three intense games of basketball to win the championship game and come home with a trophy,” said coach Nidia Barrera.
“The girls worked hard on their offensive plays and played tough defense to bring home the champion trophy.”
The Lady Trojans featured a balanced scoring attack in the tournament. Randi Maupin led the Beeville scoring in the tournament with 19 points over the three games.Theresa Amador followed with 17 tallies. Victoria Elizalde had 16 points as did Heather McKinney. Anyssa Barbosa hit for 15 points. Victoria Munoz contributed 10 and Lynissa Puente made six tallies. Amanda Gonzales chipped in five points and Anisa Cantu and Taylor Lawson both had two in the three wins.
The MMS ladies start district play on Monday with the Calallen Ladycats paying a visit to Beeville and challenging the Lady Trojans at Moreno. The first games will tip off at 5 p.m.