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Titans' pressure too much for S.A. Lanier

By MIKE FORMAN
Feb. 15, 2011 at 1:03 a.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.


LEADING SCORERSVICTORIA EAST: Adelaide Wenzel 24, Kenya Griffin 18, Danielle Franklin 14.

LANIER: Samantha Cortinas 22.

GONZALES - Victoria East could do nothing about a first half filled with foul calls, but it could do everything about its defense.

"Our defenses is always our thing," said East coach Yulonda Wimbish-North. "At halftime, I challenged them to get with our defense. Most of the time if we win the third quarter we normally win the game. They really responded to what I asked them to do."

The Titans' pressure defense spurred a 20-2 third-quarter run and they cruised to a 73-46 Class 4A bi-district win over San Antonio Lanier on Monday night at the Gonzales gym.

East led by 10 points at halftime before outscoring the Lady Voks (14-18) 28-8 in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout.

The Titans improved to 22-9 and advanced to the area playoffs against the Corpus Christi Ray-La Joya Juarez Lincoln winner.

East had trouble getting in a rhythm in the first half that included 24 fouls and 29 free throw attempts. The Titans let a nine-point lead get away early in the second quarter before pushing it back to double digits at the break.

"I think that was the first time I've ever had Danielle in foul trouble," Wimbish-North said. "We like her to put pressure on the ball so I kind of had to move her around a little bit. Adelaide (Wenzel) hasn't been in that much foul trouble so that was a little bit challenging. But different people stepped up and did what they needed to do so it worked out for us."

East's pressure limited Lanier to two field goals in the third quarter and the Titans began to work the ball inside to post Kenya Griffin, who had 10 of her 18 points in the quarter.

"We've had a game where they call silly fouls before and we just had to work through that," said Bre Williams, who scored 11 points. "We work on defense so much at practice it's simple to us. We just work hard, get in there and take the ball."

Adelaide Wenzel led the Titans with 24 points before fouling out for the first time this season in the fourth quarter.

"I think we all stepped up on defense and we were a little more patient on offense when we needed to be," Wenzel said. "We were attacking the basket when we had the opportunity."

Franklin sat out a good portion of the second quarter with three fouls, but still finished with 14 points before Wimbish-North went to her bench midway through the fourth quarter.

"I think they did all right for the first time with me and in a new system," Wimbish-North said. "We came and won the game and that's the biggest thing."

GIRLS BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

Victoria East 73, San Antonio Lanier 46

VICTORIA EAST: Bre Williams 11, Adalaide Wenzel 24, Danielle Franklin 14, Shanece Hughes 2, Kenya Griffin 18, Marquet Dean 0, Raymaya Dean 4, Erin Gomez 0, Ashley Strlec 0, Kelsey Grammer 0, Julie Villarreal 0.

SAN ANTONIO LANIER: Zoie Cuellar 4, Samantha Cortinas 22, Sarah De Hoyos 1, Isabel Ortiz 3, Ashley Carrizal 11, Joenna Hara 3, Alina Olguin 0, Kelly Martinez 0, Natalie Gonzales 0, Amber Davila 2, Joelyn Zuniga 0.

HALFTIME: East 35-25. 3-POINTERS: Wenzel 3, Williams, Cortinas 2, Ortiz. Records: East 22-9; Lanier 14-18. NOTE: East advances to area against Corpus Christi Ray-La Joya Juarez Lincoln winner.

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