Lady Bears advance to regional action
LA VERNIA -- They weren’t blowouts by any means, but the state-ranked Lady Bears of La Vernia picked up a pair of playoff wins last week to reach the region quarterfinals.
La Vernia blew past the district to finish with a 10-0 record. The Lady Bears entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed out of District 28-3A, but then had a close call with Wimberley in the bi-district round. The Lady Texans attempted a fourth-period comeback, but came up short, as La Vernia won, 66-44.
The game was close throughout, but La Vernia held a 2-point lead after the first stanza, and had a 3-point lead going into halftime.
The Lady Bears opened things up a bit more in the third period, outscoring Wimberley 16-13 to take a 50-44 lead, but the game was still within reach for the Lady Texans and they knew it.
The fourth period was back and forth, and Wimberley actually outscored La Vernia by 4 points. The Lady Bears had a 6-point lead going into it, though, so the win was preserved, and La Vernia advanced.
Autumn Light led La Vernia with 16 points and five assists. She also had two steals. Kelsee Penshorn had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Madison Towns crushed the boards with 17 rebounds. She also had 8 points and three assists.
Next up was Cuero, and the Lady Bears took on the Lady Gobblers on Valentine’s Day. The play went back and forth between two talented teams, and in the end, it was La Vernia with a 58-53 victory.
Cuero held the advantage after the first period of play, but the Lady Bears came charging back in the second period to tie the game at 28-all going into halftime. La Vernia managed to outpace Cuero 14-10 in the third stanza, and 16-15 in the fourth, giving the Lady Bears the win for the area championship.
Light once again led La Vernia in scoring with 19 points, followed by Mackenzie Ford with 13 points, Towns with 11, and Jordan Luensmann with 10. Brooke Martinez tacked on another 5. Towns turned in a double-double by adding 16 rebounds to her statistics.
The victory propelled the Lady Bears into the region quarterfinals, and La Vernia was scheduled to play Boerne on Feb. 18 at Judson High School. Results were unavailable as of press time. The winner advances to the Region IV tournament in Corpus Christi later this week.
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