SEASONS TO REMEMBER
Feb. 27, 2011 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 26, 2011 at 8:27 p.m.
There were a lot of great moments from the first season of Victoria East and Victoria West's girls basketball teams.
Both the Titans and the Warriors ended the season with long playoff runs after finishing first and second in their district, despite not being picked to be near the top.
Here are the top five moments for each girls basketball team from this season:
FIVE MOMENTS FROM WEST'S SEASONA big upset: The Warriors showed everyone that they weren't messing around when they opened district play against Floresville with a dominant, wire-to-wire 65-60 win. Entering the game, the Jaguars were ranked sixth in the state by the TABC and were 21-2. Tiffanie Wyatt had her best game of the season, a strong 15-point performance. The loss dropped them all the way to 17th in the rankings. West would finish the job and knock them out of the TABC rankings two weeks later on the road with a 53-50 win.
By a hair over East: The Warriors got the better of Victoria East in the two teams first meeting, a knock-down, drag-out fight that came down to the final play. With the score tied at 33 all, Sevaneh Campos-Reyes broke away and was fouled going for a layup with 2.6 seconds remaining. She hit one of two free throws and the Warriors intercepted the inbounds pass to secure a 34-33 victory.
District championship: Coach Sandra Jimenez admitted to waiting until after the team beat Calhoun 50-42 on Feb. 1 to tell them what she already knew. That West had secured its first district crown. The Warriors overcame a 3-point halftime deficit to the Sandies, with Tiffanie Wyatt adding a team-high 18 points.
Treka takes over: The Warriors had gotten the short end of the stick twice before against Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway, falling twice in December by less than two points. The third time was a loser-goes-home affair in the area round of the playoffs, and the Cherokees and Warriors played it even for 32 minutes. With 14 seconds left, sophomore Treka Franklin drove to the hoop, got fouled, and hit both free throws to put the Warriors up 58-56. Then, with a T-M guard going in for a layup, Franklin swatted the ball cleanly away for a block to clinch the game.
Campos-Reyes in the clutch: With West down by 3 in the regional quarterfinals to Hidalgo with seconds ticking away, the ball found the junior guard in the corner, and with the buzzer sounding swished her third 3-pointer of the game to force overtime between the Warriors and the Lady Pirates. Unfortunately, West lost the game, 54-51.
FIVE MOMENTS FROM EAST'S SEASONRunning over the opponent: Floresville was a target all season, mostly because many organizations, including the TABC and the TGCA, had picked the Jaguars to run away with the district title. But nothing dashed those hopes more than East's convincing, 12-point win over the Jaguars in Victoria on Feb. 5. Danielle Franklin had 22 points, most of them coming from outrunning Floresville up and down the court. The win avenged a 13-point loss to the Jaguars in mid-January. The Titans would beat them again in the regional quarterfinal in Sinton, 71-67.
Revenge is sweet: The Titans were out for a win in the final game of the district season, and they had a lot riding on beating West. Not only was it against their crosstown rival, but it was also to secure second place outright. A loss meant extra playoff games. The Titans would prevail in overtime when Danielle Franklin hit two free throws in the final minute to help East win 58-57, handing the Warriors their first district loss of the season and wrapping up the second spot in District 30-4A. Adelaide Wenzel had 22 points to lead East.
Opening with a bang: East let San Antonio Lanier hang around for a little while. It was almost a courtesy to the Lady Voks before the Titans went on a 20-2 third quarter run in the bi-district playoff game, punching their ticket to the area round.
Bench gets it done: This time, it was the bench showing it could get the job done. Despite losing Adelaide Wenzel, Kenya Griffin and Danielle Franklin in the fourth quarter, the Titans held strong in the regional quarterfinals against the Jaguars to beat them a second time. The game had more than 50 fouls combined, as Floresville used a parade to the free-throw line to narrow what was a double-digit lead entering the fourth quarter. Wenzel scored 29 points to lead the Titans.
Fired up: The Titans did their best in the face of strong competition in the regional semifinals. Cedar Park Vista Ridge made nothing easy on offense, but for a two minute span to open the second quarter, Wenzel found her stroke. She hit two 3 pointers and had two free throws in that span to erase a small deficit and help the Titans take a short-lived lead. The Lady Rangers would come back to secure the win, though, 46-40.