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La Vernia JV team wins tourney

La Vernia JV team wins tourney
The La Vernia Lady Bear junior varsity basketball team celebrates its first-place finish at the Cole Tournament Nov. 18-19.

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SAN ANTONIO -- The La Vernia Lady Bear junior varsity basketball team traveled to Cole High School to play in its first tournament of the season Nov. 18-19.

First up were the Randolph RoHawks. The Lady Bears jumped out to an early lead due to their full-court press. At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Bears had scored a season-high 18 points with six players contributing. Several trips to the free-throw line in the second quarter gave the Lady Bears a 31-2 lead heading into halftime.

The second half was much of the same, as the Lady Bears outscored the RoHawks 10-4 in the third, and 8-7 in the fourth. The first win of the tournament was a big one at 51-13.

Leading the Lady Bears were Reagan Roswell and Brooke Martinez with 10 each, followed closely by Jennifer Skrzycki with 9. Kim De la Torre added 6 points, and Hallie Pace and Brittany Thompson added 4 each. Shelby Ellis and Tori Broll each scored 2 points.

Next up for the Lady Bears was Comfort. This would be the most physical squad the Lady Bears had faced so far. The objective was to jump out to an early lead and the Lady Bears did just that, scoring a new season high of 20 points in the first quarter. Once again, six Lady Bears contributed points in that quarter. The Lady Bears continued their great play and headed to halftime up by a score of 30-4. By the end of the physical game, the Lady Bears would put themselves in the championship by defeating Comfort 45-10. High scorer was Martinez with 16 points, followed by Clara Foster and Skrzycki, who added 7 points each. Roswell added 6, Courtney Shussler scored 4 points, and De la Torre and Ellis each scored 2. Pace added a free throw.

The championship game would be against none other than the hosting school, Cole. This would prove to be the toughest start the Lady Bears would have in the tournament, as the score stood at 2-2 throughout most of the first quarter. With a last-minute push, the Lady Bears made a few more baskets and gave themselves a 10-2 lead at the end of one.

Some key free throws and tough defense got the Lady Bears through the first half, and the team headed to the locker room with a 22-6 lead.

The second half was all Lady Bears, as they wanted that trophy. They added 29 points, while holding Cole scoreless for the entire second half. As the buzzer sounded, the Lady Bears found themselves champions of the tournament with a 50-6 victory!

Leading the Lady Bears in scoring was Martinez with 12 points, followed by Kim Jacobs with 11 and Ellis with 7. Cala Foster, Shussler, and Pace each added 4 points, while Roswell, Thompson, and Broll added 2. Jordan Bailey scored 1 point.

“We really played great over the past two days,” said Coach Mandie West. “I couldn’t be more proud of the girls so far. We are playing as a team and really supporting each other no matter what happens. This was a great way for us to head into the Thanksgiving break.”

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