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East girls make short work of San Antonio McCollum

Feb. 12, 2013 at 9 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.

East junior Kasey Heitzmann gives junior Kendall Carter a piggyback ride to the locker room after the Titans defeated San Antonio McCollum 74-37 Tuesday in their bi-district playoff game at Floresville.

FLORESVILLE - Sonya Acuna had as many points at halftime as San Antonio McCollum, and she was getting a lot of help from her Victoria East teammates.

The Lady Titans didn't fool around in their Class 4A bi-district game, running away with a 74-37 decision over the Cowgirls on Tuesday night at the Floresville gym.

"You've just got to come in ready to play because you never know what's going to happen," Acuna said. "You need to be smart and just play basketball and we did that."

East improved to 21-9 and moved into the area round against Corpus Christi Ray, a 78-30 winner over Edcouch-Elsa on Thursday night. Ray beat the Lady Titans in their season opener.

The area game is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodsboro gym. The game will follow the Goliad-Taft Class 2A area playoff game.

East scored the first three baskets against McCollum (21-15) and never trailed. The Lady Titans blew the game open with a 19-2 run that spanned the first and second quarters.

"I think I was most impressed by how well we pushed the basketball, making that extra pass, sharing the ball," said East coach Yulonda Wimbish-North. "There were times where our kids could have laid it up themselves, but they passed it to the person that was ahead of them. I thought that was good."

Acuna scored 10 points during the early run, most coming on layups or drives to the basket.

"We just keeping looking up and pushing it," she said. "Coach told us to be looking up and push the ball and play good defense. We would rebound and get it out to the outlet. We did a good job."

Acuna finished with 18 points. Ramaya Dean led the Lady Titans with 19 points. She also had 10 steals and six rebounds.

"I think we did a good job of pushing the basketball," Wimbish-North said. "I think our defense at times we were solid, probably not as consistent. I think we did what we needed to do."

Kamri Hardeman and Kendall Carter each scored 10 points for East. Hardeman added six assists and four steals and Carter had nine rebounds. Bre Williams scored eight points, had seven assists and three steals despite sitting out almost all of the third quarter with three fouls.

"I think for the most part we stayed pretty focused," Wimbish-North said. "I think the kids know what's at stake right now. We need to get better and get ready for the next opponent so you need to keep playing well and not have those moments."

The Lady Titans limited McCollum to 15 field goals and only six in the first half.

"We played good defense and we worked well together," Acuna said. "We have some stuff to work on still, but overall I think we did a good job."



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