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High scoring Tigerettes in full form

By Taylor Mitchell
Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.

Goliad's Sydney Morris runs away with the ball as Refugio's Cecilia Bauer falls to the court during Friday night's game at the Goliad Events Center.

There are countless substitutions in a given basketball game, but Friday night at the Goliad Events Center, there was one player who never came off the court.

Senior Emily Perez never left Goliad's 53-36 victory over Refugio, finishing the night with 18 points.

"That's typical," said Goliad coach John Reyes. "She and Sydney (Morris) don't leave the game much, unless they get in foul trouble. That's the only time they come out."

Junior Sydney Morris did get into foul trouble and twice left the game, but her absence wouldn't last long. Morris and Perez are two of the important pieces of Goliad's dangerous and versatile offensive attack.

"We're able to run some things where we can isolate those players and get the shot opportunity we want," Reyes said.

Goliad's offense has been hard to stop so far this season and both Morris and Perez have been the main reason for that success.

"As a team, I think our offense is our best thing," Morris said.

Perez added, "Definitely executing our offense is one of our main attributes."

So far this season, the Tigerettes have averaged 40.5 points per game and have scored 50 or more points eight times.

It was the offense that got Goliad off to a nine-game win streak to start the season. During that nine-game win streak, Goliad broke the 50-point mark six times.

Perez and Morris, along with Avery Zamzow, are the primary scorers for the Tigerettes. Perez and Morris play on the perimeter and Zamzow handles the dirty work in the post.

"We have three people we can always give the ball to," Morris said. "If I'm in trouble, I can hand it to Avery and have confidence in her to make a shot. It's the same with Emily."

Perez leads the team in scoring with 17 points per game. She's scored 340 points this season and has made 34 percent of her field goals. Zamzow, who is also a senior, is second with 13.1 ppg and Morris has averaged 9.1 ppg.

However, for Perez and Morris, the high scoring is something new.

"Last year I played the post a lot and didn't shoot much long range stuff," Perez said. "This year, I'm playing more of a point guard role. So, I've had to learn to shoot the ball more."

Perez spent a lot of time over the off season working on her shooting form and the effects have been noticeable all season long.

"Emily has spent a lot of time in the gym. She's the proverbial gym rat," Reyes said. "She puts the time in."

Morris didn't change positions, but her role has.

Last season, Morris dished out more assists than shots and is quick to admit she's never been a scorer.

"I just started that this year," Morris said. "I was getting mostly assists and rebounds last year, but this year I've really picked up on my shooting and have gotten confidence in my shot."

"Sydney is a defensive player. Her game comes from that end of the court and sometimes it comes negatively," Reyes said. "When she gets in foul trouble it affects her offensively as well. She's a crucial part for us because having two ball handlers has helped us be more balanced."

Morris still grabs plenty of rebounds and assists. She had 22 assists and 37 rebounds headed into Friday night's game against Refugio. Perez is just as dangerous when passing the ball, recording 44 assists as well as grabbing 122 rebounds.

There is still plenty of basketball left to be played this season and the Tigerettes will need their scorers to keep scoring if they want to reach their goals.

"Our backs are already to the wall," Reyes said. "We have three district losses already and can't afford anymore if we want to be district champs."

Goliad has the potential to be district champions, but will have a tough road ahead with district opponents Palacios, Edna, Industrial and Tidehaven on the horizon.

But the players believe they can accomplish much more. Sometimes that's the missing piece of the puzzle.

"This team could go to the regional tournament and possibly the state tournament," Morris said. "We haven't had our full team back until our last game, but now we have our full team back."

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