The Beeville girls faced off against Floresville on Tuesday in Woodsboro at 7 p.m.
In their last playoff, Moody seemed to have the game in hand over the first half. The other Lady Trojans were taking advantage of a few Beeville turnovers and playing pretty good defense. Moody led 13-10 at the end of the first period and stretched that to a 30-20 advantage at halftime.
“We got off to a shaky start. We just were not holding on to the ball or being strong under the basket,” said Lady Trojan head coach Katina Walker.
Not sure what Beeville head coach Walker said at the break, but it worked. The Lady Trojans began to take better care of the ball and ran their offense to erase that 10-point lead by outscoring Moody 17-7 in the third period. It was all tied up at 37-37 heading into the final eight minutes.
“We had to make some stops, and we did,” Walker said.
The Lady Trojans went on a 9-1 run to start the fourth quarter to gain the lead they would never relinquish. The Moody girls fought back and trailed by just two at 48-46 with a little less than a minute remaining.
Beeville guard Victoria Elizalde then took things into her own hands. A steal and a lay-up along with four free throws down the stretch sealed the 54-47 victory for the home team.
“We fought hard. Defensively, we worked as one unit,” Walker said.
The team’s “bigs” did what they had to do, she added.
“Paige (McKinney), Ciara (Garcia), Theresa (Amador) and Sofia (Galindo) got the key rebounds and put back the easy shots,” Walker said.
The second half defense was also big for the Lady Trojans.
Tori (Muñoz) and Brianna (Jackson) did a great job on the ball by not letting Moody get their offense going. Brennan (Holder) and Victoria (Elizalde) protected the penetration on the wings,” Walker said.
Elizalde finished with a double-double on the night with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Beeville girls. Theresa Amador led the way early with several baskets and free throws in the opening half. She finished with 14 points in the win. Ciara Garcia helped out with eight points and was a force on the boards with 12 caroms. Paige McKinney contributed six points along with some key blocks and steals in the final minutes. Brennan Holder and Tori Muñoz each hit for two points but played stellar defense the whole night.
The Floresville Jaguars were 42-40 winners over Flour Bluff on Friday night in Beeville. The Jags are the District 29-4A champion and sport a 26-9 record on the year. The Lady Trojans entered the game on Tuesday with a 28-8 season mark and were the second place team in District 30-4A.