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Floresville Jaguars take bite out of the Lady Trojans
by Bruce Harper
Nov 26, 2008 | 567 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lady Trojan Krista Gonzalez has her eye on the ball and a hand on her defensive assignment during Saturday's game against Floresville.
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The Floresville Jaguars came into Beeville on Saturday morning and took a big bite out of the Lady Trojans hoop squads. The Floresville girls swept all three games.

The freshman contest was a mismatch as the visitors captured an easy 44-16 win. The junior varsity game had the Jaguars earning a 47-28 victory and the varsity game went to the visitors 74-61.

The freshman tilt got things started and the Lady Trojans lost a starter right before the opening tip. A twisted ankle during warm-up drills had coach Ophelia De Los Santos shifting her lineup at the very last minute.

“The girls were a little shaken and lost some confidence even before we started play,” said De Los Santos.

Floresville jumped on the Beeville girls right from the opening tip to grab a 13-3 lead at the end of one period. The pressure defense got the Jaguars 12 points in the second period while holding the Lady Trojans to four markers in the period. The visitors were in front 25-7 at the half.

The pace slowed somewhat in the third period but the Lady Trojans had a hard time getting anything to drop. Beeville got one free throw in the period while the Jags were hitting for nine more points. The lead grew to 34-8 entering the final quarter.

The Lady Trojans seemed to regain their composure in those final few minutes and played right with the young Jaguars. Floresville took the period, but it was just a two-point, 10-8, difference to make the final a 44-16 win for the Jaguars.

Jalynn Olivo and Alisa Patterson led the Lady Trojans with five points each. Kaitlyn DeLeon followed with three points in the loss and Alison Patterson hit for two points on Saturday. Chrissi Casanova made good on one free throw to complete the Beeville scoring.

The JV contest had the Beeville girl hanging tough but they weren’t a match for Floresville’s pressure defense or fast-paced offensive attack. The Lady Trojans were down four, 10-6, at the end of the first and the Jags added two more to that lead with a 7-5 second quarter to take a 17-11 lead into the halftime intermission.

The third quarter was the difference-maker. The Jaguars came out of the locker room hot and the Lady Trojans couldn’t stay with the visitors. Floresville hit for 20 points in the third period while holding the JHS output to 11 points. The lead had moved to a 15-point margin, 37-22.

The Jaguars outscored Beeville 10-5 in the final period to earn a 47-27 win in the JV tilt. Courtney Perez led the Lady Trojans with seven points. Krista Gonzalez added six markers. Ashley Galle and Jade Trevino both hit for four points in the loss. Lindsey Yanez, Chastity Rodriguez and Natalie Dominguez contributed two apiece.

In the varsity contest, the Lady Trojans suited only eight players and the Jaguars brought about 20 players to the fray. Those numbers wore down the Lady Trojans and the visitors earned a 74-61 win with a strong fourth quarter.

The Beeville girls started strong by taking a 19-15 lead at the end of the first period. The Jaguars stepped up their defense and outran the Lady Trojans 20-9 in the second period to take a 35-28 margin into the half.

The Lady Trojans fought back and erased one point, 18-17, off the Floresville advantage over the third period. Foul trouble then started to plaque the Lady Trojans as post Erin Tabb went to the bench along with point guard Hillary Hennig for long stretches of time.

The Jaguars captured the final quarter 22-15 over the Beeville girls to make the final a 74-61 victory. All eight Lady Trojans scored in the tilt with Hennig pouring in 15 points. Erin Tabb followed with 14. Brandy Perez hit for nine in the loss. Cassandra Vela had seven points. Shanise Wilson also came in with seven points off the bench. Melanie Chargulaf had five markers. Chelsea Contreras and Apryl Cortez had two each.

“Turnovers were the difference vs. Floresville. You cannot beat a team like Floresville with the number of turnovers we had,” said Lady Trojan head coach Greg Gonzales.

“Floresville did a great job of putting pressure on the ball and we didn’t handle it like we should have. We need to able to handle pressure.”

The Lady Trojans hosted Victoria on Monday night and then traveled to Sinton for a Tuesday evening encounter with the Lady Pirates.

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