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Jags reach region tourney, fall to Vista Ridge

Jags reach region tourney, fall to Vista Ridge
Payton Cannon leads the Jaguars upcourt during Floresville’s Feb. 22 regional semifinal loss to Cedar Park Vista Ridge.

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Wilson County News
February 27, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- There were a lot of question marks going into the 2012-13 basketball season, but under new Head Coach Terri Twilligear, the Floresville Jaguars silenced critics and quietly played their way back to the Region IV tournament.

The Jags began last week with a regional quarterfinal matchup in Woodsboro against Beeville. Floresville began with the quick pace their fans have come to know, and Beeville responded in kind. The teams each found success under their own hoops, and the Jags held a narrow 16-13 lead after the first stanza. Things got turned around a bit in the second period, and Beeville managed to outscore Floresville by 6, taking a 30-27 lead into the locker room.

The Jags turned in a solid third-period effort and made up the 3-point deficit. Floresville held Beeville to just 8 points while dropping in 11 of its own. As the teams moved into the fourth, they were all knotted up at 38-all. The quick pace exploded in the fourth, and both teams scored at will. Beeville had a great period, doubling its third-period effort with 16, but Floresville dropped in 20 points in the fourth, and secured a big 58-54 win over its former district rival.

“The girls played their hearts out,” Twilligear said after the game. “I am so proud of them.”

Liesel Raabe led the Jaguars with 17 points on the night, and De Havalan Watts was close behind with 15. The win was No. 27 on the season, and sent Floresville back to the Region IV tournament.

The Jags next traveled to San Antonio Feb. 22 to compete in the regional tournament, and drew Cedar Park Vista Ridge for their semifinal opponent. The teams both had great defenses, but the Lady Rangers held a slight advantage over Floresville, and took a 15-11 lead out of the first period. Things remained tight throughout the second period, as well, as the two teams matched efforts at each end of the floor. The Jags put up 16 points in the second stanza, and the Lady Rangers were good for another 17. As the buzzer signaled the end of the first half, it was Vista Ridge on top, 32-27.

Unfortunately for Floresville, things fell apart a bit in the second half. The Lady Rangers came out and scored another 15 points, but the Jags were held to just 6. Floresville fought back in the fourth period with 11 points, but the Lady Rangers added another 14, and locked up the victory, 61-44.

Watts led the Jaguars with 24 points on the night, followed by Raabe and Shelby Leinneweber with 5 points apiece. Leinneweber led the team with eight rebounds on the night, and Raabe came up with four steals. Watts added a pair of blocks to the defensive effort.

The Jags end their season with an overall record of 27-10, and were 13-1 in District 29-4A play. They are the district champions, won bi-district and area championships, and notched another regional quarterfinal victory.

Floresville will graduate some key players from this year’s roster, including Raabe and four-year letterman Leinneweber. They have a great core group returning, however, and should get good contributions from many younger players.

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