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A.C. Jones freshman girls topple Titans Depleted JV squad unable to stay with Victoria
by Bruce Harper
Jan 14, 2011 | 419 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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JV Lady Trojan Zehila Frias strides into a lay-up attempt during Friday night’s game with Victoria East. The visiting Lady Titans had too much depth and shot the ball really well in defeating the Beeville girls, 71-29.
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The sub-varsity girls basketball games on Tuesday night in Beeville were in stark contrast.

The freshman contest was highly competitive and the Beeville girls rallied late for a 35-32 victory. But, the junior varsity clash had a Lady Trojan squad that had just eight dressed players going against the full squad of Lady Titans from Victoria East. It wasn’t close and definitely wasn’t pretty. The Lady Titans ran away with a 71-29 victory.

In the first game of the night, the visiting Lady Titan freshman were out front at 32-27 with just 2:35 left in the game. Lady Trojan Marissa Rodriguez then decided to rally the home team and she pretty much did it by hitting four straight baskets over the final two minutes to give the Lady Trojans the 35-32 victory.

The Titans had a final shot but turned the ball over and the Beeville girls, especially Rodriguez, got hot at the right time.

“It was another nail-biter but the girls were able to finish. They once again executed their plays and the defense smothered Victoria East,” said freshman coach Jason Hinds.

“That is what turned the game in our favor.”

The young Lady Trojans had a balanced scoring attack with Rodriguez leading the way with 11 points. Priscilla Koenig followed with eight while Cheyenne Del Bosque and Eddika Ortega each contributed five in the win. Tif’ni Puebla added four points and was a force inside, helping the Lady Trojans control the boards.

The JV girls had a small squad for the night. A few members of the team were held out to play in a Thursday contest with Goliad and a couple were out due to grades and injuries. Another injury on Tuesday night further depleted the ranks and the Lady Trojans were playing with seven players against 14 or 15 Titans.

Victoria pressed from the opening tip and wore out the undermanned Lady Trojans. The Titans started off hot and jumped to a 10-0 start. By the end of the first quarter, the tone of the contest had been set. The Titans overwhelmed the Lady Trojans 24-6 by the end of that first period and it was a 47-13 game at the half.

“We had a slow start and when we lost one of our players it brought any momentum we might have been gaining way down,” said JV coach Gracy Bryce.

The pace slowed in the second half as the Lady Titans eased off the pressure defense. The game went into the final quarter with the visitors holding a 61-17 advantage.

Brianna Jackson led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 10 points. Krystal Cuellar finished the night with nine markers. Zehila Frias contributed six and Selyna Guerra and Noemi Lopez both made two points.

The Lady Trojans were in Floresville on Friday night and will host Port Lavaca on Tuesday evening.

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