Young Cherokees ambush Moreno Lady Trojans
by Bruce Harper
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CORPUS CHRISTI — The Tuloso-Midway Middle School Cherokees handed the visiting Moreno girls three losses out of four contests on Jan. 17. The lone Beeville win was the 8A team’s 30-23 victory.

The victorious Lady Trojans upped their record to 8-4 on the year and 4-1 in district. The game with the host Cherokees was close through the first three quarters, but the Lady Trojans were able to gain some breathing room with a fourth quarter rally that led to the win.

“The girls did an excellent job on defense and we are improving every week on offense,” said MMS coach Linda Luna.

Maricella Gonzales led the scoring for the Lady Trojans with six points. Brianna Bunton added five markers, and Alyssa Silva followed with four. Cierra Gonzales, Alyssa Medina, Leticia Martinez and Jasmine Lopez each tallied three for the Beeville girls. Claudia Carranco contributed two points, while Makayla Martinez finished with one.

The 8B squad lost a tough tilt, pushing the Cherokees into double overtime before dropping a 14-12 decision to the hosts.

“They Lady Trojans played well defensively and had a good eye for the opportunistic shots,” said MMS coach Sonia Cano.

Sarah Del Bosque and Ava Salazar led the Beeville scoring with four markers apiece. Brittany Lucio finished with three points. Ashleigh Barrientes contributed two and Emilie Bozant added one point.

The 7A home team garner a 30-21 win over the Lady Trojans. A sluggish start was the culprit, and the Moreno girls could not recover in the second half.

“These girls are an aggressive group, and they just didn’t come out and play like themselves tonight,” said MMS coach Michelle Mertz.

The second half went well for the local girls, but it was too big a hill to climb.

“Even with the slow first half, the girls came out at halftime and played their hearts out the second half, and I’m proud of them for that,” said Mertz.

Kailey Perez led the Beeville scoring with nine points. Kaitlyn Pelitire added six, while Aaliyah Ruiz and Raeann Flores followed with two each. Saleen Flores and August Evans each made one free throw.

The 7B contest also went to the Cherokees. It was a 22-6 win for the home team, as the Lady Trojans could not get untracked.

“The Lady Trojans learned a great deal from this loss. We had a hard time getting our momentum up and going,” said MMS coach Lorayne Chandler.

“We will continue to work hard in practice in order to have that hard work reflected in a game.”

Raissa Martinez had four points for the Beeville girls. Lois Downing and Alyssa Gonzales each added one.

The loss drops the 7B record to 5-3 on the season and 3-2 in district play.

The MMS girls finished their season on Thursday with a quartet of games vs. the visiting Flour Bluff Lady Hornets.
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