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Goliad senior enjoys all-star experience


March 25, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 24, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.

Goliad's Emily Perez goes up for a lay up while St. Joseph's Chloe Shoemake, left, and Goliad teammate Avery Zamzow defend during Monday's Victoria College High School Area All-Star Game. Perez, who was named the Maroon team's MVP, finished the game with 18 points in her team's 80-73 loss.

Emily Perez played with Avery Zamzow throughout her high school career.

Perez got to play against her Goliad teammate at the Fifth Annual Victoria College Area High School All-Star Basketball Game on Monday night at the District Events Center.

"It was just some friendly competition," Perez said. "It was a lot of fun to play against her, and in a different atmosphere for us too."

Perez couldn't help but crack a smile as she drove against or tried to defend Zamzow.

Perez also didn't mind that her Maroon team came out on the short end of an 80-73 decision.

Perez scored 18 points and was named the Maroon team's MVP.

"It was a lot of fun," Perez said. "I think we kind of got tired. Basketball's been over for a while, so we're all kind of rusty and had to get that out of our system."

Perez didn't stop playing basketball when Goliad's season came to an end in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals.

She's been in the gym almost every day preparing for tryouts with Tyler Junior College and McLennan Community College.

"I've been going in the gym and working out on my own," she said. "I go in there for two or three hours every day."

Perez's preparation was obvious. She rarely left the floor and played a number of roles for her team. She often found herself on the block, posting up smaller players.

"Hopefully, I'll play guard in college," she said. "I had to play point guard this season, but I prefer to play the two guard."

Perez loves to play basketball, and she was happy for another opportunity to do so before she leaves high school.

"It was a great senior year," Perez said. "There were a lot of memories made and a lot of great accomplishments for myself and the team."

NOTES•  Victoria East's Ramaya Dean led all scorers with 25 points and was selected as the White team MVP.

• Edna's Shayna Palacios added 18 points for the Maroon team and won the 3-point contest at halftime by converting 10 attempts.

• El Campo's Lazara Miranda scored 18 points for the White team.

Maroon 80, White 73

MAROON: Abby Stanley 16, Avery Zamzow 9, Ramaya Dean 25, Shayna Palacios 18, Allison Kotlar 2, Loria Rose 8, Chloe Shoemake 2.

WHITE: Tiffany Kremling 5, Lazara Miranda 18, Emily Perez 18, Megan Mitchon 8, LaNeshia Hunt 11, Sonya Acuna 13.

Halftime: White 51-47. 3-pointers: Palacios 2, Rose 2, Dean, Miranda 2, Mitchon 2, Hunt, Acuna.



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