In the round-robin tournament opener for the Lady Eagles, the GW girls had too much height and were too good at shooting the ball for the Pettus girls to compete over the four periods.
The Lady Eagles hung with the GW squad through the first quarter and trailed by just four, 14-10, after the first eight minutes. The constant GW defensive pressure began to wear down the Lady Eagles in the second period when the Lady ‘Horns outscored Pettus 18-7 to take a 32-17 lead into halftime.
The second half was much the same as that second period as the Lady ’Horns hit for 30 second half markers while holding the Pettus offense to just 19 tallies. The final was all GW at 62-36.
Destiny Carrillo led the Pettus scoring with 14 points. Tristian Moore made eight points, while Madi Garza added seven. Randi Arrisola contributed five tallies, and Ryan Grayson scored two.
“Rebounding killed us, and we didn’t take advantage of them with several of their stronger players out,” said Pettus head coach Sunny DeCamp.
The next round had the Lady Eagles playing the Falfurria Belles.
“Friday, we still looked slow and refused to rebound, but fortunately still managed to finish with the win against Falfurrias, 49-27. Destiny Carrillo staying consistent was high point with 16 points and had three steals,” DeCamp said.
Saturday’s final contest was against rival Three Rivers. The Lady Bulldogs were no match for the sharp-shooting Lady Eagles as the Pettus girls dealt the TR girls a 62-39 defeat.
“Saturday’s game was exciting, because we met up with Three Rivers, who is in our district and we were fighting for second in the tournament. This is the Pettus girls basketball team I hope to see consistently throughout district,” DeCamp said.
“We were quick and aggressive on defense, which afforded a lot of easy baskets for us.”
Carrillo again led the way with 16 points and she had six assists, while sophomore Ashlynn Schauer supplied 13 points. Ryan Grayson and Madi Garza made eight points each, and Ryan was big on the boards with 10 rebounds.
“Our focus this year has been on defense, and the girls really stepped up their defensive game against Three Rivers. I just hope they will be as ready as they were to play Three Rivers again on Friday, Jan. 4, to kick off district,” DeCamp said.
Madi Garza was selected to the all-tournament team for the Lady Eagles. The George West Lady ’Horns won all three of their games in the tournament to claim the championship.