West grabs share of 30-4A title
Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.
Emily Coronado knew Victoria West would have to overcome some adversity early on against Calhoun on Friday night.
Just two minutes into the game, the undefeated in District 30-4A Warriors were without junior scorer Mercedes Ellison, who left the game with a broken nose. Though Ellison later returned, Coronado didn't want to let the game to slip away.
And she wouldn't.
Coronado hit a three-pointer in overtime to fend off Calhoun (17-11, 6-4) in a 44-36 victory. The victory helped West improve to a 9-0 district record, 23-4 overall, and clinch at least a share of the District 30-4A championship. Tuloso-Midway is the only other team within striking distance of West's spot at the top of the district standings.
"We just have to do with what we got, and we're a very good team," Coronado said. "We just went out there and worked hard even though we were without Mercedes."
Only a junior, West coach Sandra Jimenez was impressed with how Coronado handled playing, even though the game went into overtime.
"She's grown a lot as a player," Jimenez said. "She understands her role. She's been a starter and then somebody else has come in to take her spot. She's come back, and she refuses to relinquish that position."
Senior Allyson Dlouhy believed overcoming adversities such as the one the Warriors had to overcome against Calhoun is what will help West in the long run. She, along with Coronado, finished with 15 points.
"First of all, we never give up, and we fight till the end," Dlouhy said. "There's always ups and downs in basketball games, and you just got to play through the motions and keep your head and see who comes out in the end."
For Calhoun, it was the second loss this season against West. Sandies coach Shaun Miller, however, wasn't discouraged. Friday, the team played without two starters.
"They battled," Miller said. "Unfortunately, our youngness showed a little bit. Pressure situations, we turned the ball over a couple of times when we shouldn't have. But they're gritty."
Jimenez told her players not to worry during tough times Friday. West had the game nearly won until junior Bryanna Delgado nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
"We just got to stay on top of our game," Jimenez said. "Things happen for a reason. Somebody is looking out for us."
It turned out Coronado, Dlouhy and other West players looked out for one another when the team was in turmoil.
"We just did our thing," Coronado said.
Victoria West 56, Calhoun 29
After falling to crosstown rival Victoria East, Victoria West picked up where it left off against Calhoun in a 56-29 victory.
West (18-10, 6-2) knew another loss could hurt its chances to contend for the District 30-4A title.
Friday, the Warriors took care of business.
"Last time, we left their gym with a salty taste in our mouth knowing we didn't give it our best," said West senior Chris Erskine, who finished with 10 points. "This time we really focused on just making sure that we came out aggressive and just stay to play a full game entirely as best as we could."
West coach Pat Erskine was glad to see the team play with urgency against Calhoun (13-16, 5-3).
"We took a step back the way we played (East). I think if we played East like this, I think it would have been a very good game," Pat Erskine said. "We talked about the things we got to get better at and we did."