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East girls clinch district's top seed

By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2013 at 7:25 p.m.


Bre Williams didn't flinch when she had to move to point guard after Kamri Hardeman got into foul trouble.

"I kind of work well under pressure sometimes," Williams said. "We were just ready to play. I felt good with the basketball in my hands. I felt comfortable passing it to my teammates. I knew they were going to be there and finish it. We just had a good game tonight."

Victoria East struggled early, but recovered to run off with a 70-43 District 30-4A win over Beeville on Friday night at the East gym.

The Lady Titans (17-9) improved to 9-1 while clinching at least a share of their second consecutive district title and the top seed in the playoffs.

"We work hard in practice," Williams said. "We do what we can do. We tried to prepare as much as we could for this game. I think we did pretty well. We work our butts off so we just wanted to win really badly."

Williams switched to the point early in the second quarter when the Lady Trojans (24-7, 6-3) were in the midst of a 12-2 run and had taken a four-point lead.

But East outscored Beeville 25-8 to close out the quarter, and took control by scoring the first 12 points of the third quarter.

"That has happened sometimes before," said East coach Yulonda Wimbish-North. "I don't really know why that happens. We've had some games where we were just playing so bad. I think our defensive intensity that was the thing for us.

"We started causing some turnovers where we could get some two on ones and three on twos.

"I think that makes us go because we were very frustrated," she added. "We got very frustrated. Frustration was on their face. We talked about it and said, 'You've got to let it go. You let them back in the game it's over with. Let's go back and get it.'"

Williams scored eight points, but more importantly got the ball inside to Sonya Acuna and Ramaya Dean, who scored 23 and 21 points, respectively.

"Bre did an awesome job," Wimbish-North said. "I mean she had great passes, she had some steals. She was one of the smallest ones out there and she had some really great rebounds. She played an all-around game."

The Lady Titans also did their best to frustrate Beeville's Victoria Elizalde, who finished with 11 points and played much of the second half with four fouls.

"Our game plan was to try and keep fresh legs on her and rotate different people on her," Wimbish-North said. "We were really trying to eliminate her getting the ball.

"We didn't do that all the time, but we were running two people at her to just keep pressure on her."

Williams was a member of last year's team, which advanced to the state semifinals. She expects this team to make another playoff run.

"We've all sort of played with each other since we were freshmen," she said. "A couple of us were on the freshmen team together. We've just gelled together."

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