Friendship stays alive in Titans win over Tigerettes
Dec. 7, 2011 at 6:07 a.m.
Victoria East's Breanna Williams and Goliad's Jessiah Johnson were teammates at Memorial and have played basketball together for most of their lives.
The friends played against each other for the first time on Tuesday night at the East gym.
"I was looking forward to it but it was a little different because she is one of my best friends," Williams said. "I wanted to see her score, but, at the same time, I didn't want her to score."
Williams and Danielle Franklin limited Johnson to 10 points as the Titans ran off with a 59-36 win.
"We knew she was the main scorer so our main focus was to stop her," Williams said. "We played tight defense on her."
Johnson had only two points at halftime and four going into the fourth quarter. The Titans (16-1) led by 14 at halftime and extended the advantage to as much as 25 points in the second half.
"We wanted to make her work to attempt to get the ball and to get open," East coach Yulonda Wimbish-North said of Johnson. "Once she got rid of the ball try not to let her get it back or at times double team to make her give it up."
Adelaide Wenzel made three 3-pointers and led East with 20 points, while Kenya Griffin was a force in the post, scoring 13.
"They're just a tough team and they've got a good thing going," said Goliad coach John Reyes. "They're playing a lot of tough competition and all that 5A competition that they're playing we haven't seen anything like that. We scheduled Victoria East to get us ready for the teams in our district."
Emily Perez scored 10 points for the Tigerettes, who dropped to 9-2.
"I know they were old friends playing and they all wanted to do well against each other," Reyes said. "There was a little intimidation factor coming in and playing a strong school. Those were the factors all together."
Nine players scored for the Titans. Franklin had eight points and Williams added seven when they weren't pestering their old friend.
"Before the game we told each other we're going to play each other tough," Williams said. "But we still love each other at the end."