The Beeville girls edged the Ladycats 40-39 with a clutch three-pointer and a free throw.
Calallen jumped out to a 9-5 lead after one quarter and led 22-13 at the half. The Lady Trojans came out firing in the third period and poured in 17 points in the period while holding Calallen to eight markers. That tied it at 30-30 heading into the final quarter.
The Lady Trojans found themselves down by three with less than a minute left on the clock. Freshman guard Mari Gonzales stepped up and knocked down a long-range jumper to tie the contest at 39-39.
Calallen failed to score on its possession and had to foul Ciara Garcia with seven seconds left to play. Garcia sank the free throw for a one-point lead, 40-39, and Calallen was unable to score in the few seconds remaining to give the victory to the Beeville girls. It was the first District 30-4A win for the varsity this year.
“I am so happy for the girls’ defensive effort, and better free throw shooting down the stretch. I always tell them ‘free throws win games’, and it rang true tonight,” said Lady Trojan head coach Lisa Hess.
Garcia finished with a double-double of 22 points and 15 big rebounds for Beeville. Audrey Carranco recorded seven points in the win. Gonzales finished with six points. Marissa Rodriguez, Jocelyn Guzman and MacKenzie Harvey each contributed two.
The Lady Trojans hosted the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees last night (Friday) and will be at home again on Tuesday evening to entertain the Gregory-Portland Lady Wildcats.