Late run helps Warriors put Lady Birds away on road
EL CAMPO - They buzzed around like little bees pressing the ball like it was something sugary. Eventually the girls' persistence wore down their opponents, and Victoria West was able to pull away for its ninth victory of the season.
The Warriors beat El Campo 42-35 with a defensive intensity that forced the Lady Birds into numerous turnovers.
El Campo coach Noma Kremling said her team has battled turning the ball over all season, but she credited Victoria West for being the root of some of those mistakes Tuesday night at Ricebird gym.
"We knew Victoria West would play an intense and aggressive defense so we tried to not panic on offense," Kremling said. "But, that didn't happen."
Victoria West led 26-23 late in the third, but used a 9-0 run to take command of the game. The nearly five-minute scoring drought for El Campo left the Lady Birds with a deficit too large to overcome.
Mercedes Ellison scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half - including eight in the fourth quarter to help West win for the second straight night.
The Warriors beat Corpus Christi Moody 64-46 Monday.
LaLa Miranda led the Lady Birds with nine points in a losing effort. Amy Pflughaupt scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter for El Campo, but it was not enough to avoid falling to 1-3 on the season.
Treka Franklin and Lauren Rodriguez both scored nine points. However, the former left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury.
"I think we finally started running transition. That was the key," said Victoria West coach Sandra Jimenez. "We were running transition in the first and second and the beginning of the third. But, it wasn't until the end of the third and into the fourth that we wore them down, because they were sticking right to us when we were transitioning."