West girls hold El Campo offense silent
Nov. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL :: VICTORIA WEST 58, EL CAMPO 26
The Victoria West Warriors were due for a letdown.
They were playing their seventh game in six days and the team, which has only eight players, were down to seven for a Tuesday night's game before the Thanksgiving break.
But it turned out the only letdown was allowing El Campo to double their score in the fourth quarter.
Treka Franklin scored 17 points and the Warriors defense didn't allow a field goal for 16:20 as West cruised past El Campo 58-26 at the West High School Gym.
"I have a great group of kids," said Warriors coach Sandra Jimenez. "I wish I could say bunch, but there's not a whole bunch of them."
Senior guard Emily Skipper added 13 points and Sevanah Campos-Reyes sank hit a trio of three-pointers to score 13 points as well.
The Warriors improve their season record to 7-3 with the win.
The game didn't look like an easy win for the Warriors in the first quarter.
Skipper set the tone by opening the game with her three-pointer and West jumped out to an 8-2 lead midway through the first quarter only to see the Lady Birds rally with a 10-4 run in the final 3:07 for the first quarter.
Javaonna George scored in the paint as time expired to tie the game at 12-12 after the opening frame.
Franklin said that in the opening frame the Warriors were feeling the effects and at Corpus Christi Moody since Nov. 17.
"We were a little bit tired, missing a lot of shots and not getting the open opportunities that we had," Franklin said.
The Warriors half-court offense also got it done against the El Campo zone defense.
The West guards ball movement was effective in stretching the zone and enabling Franklin to operate in the paint.
Franklin scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half and when the Lady Birds collapsed, Campos-Reyes hit outside jumpers.
The senior guard scored eight of her 13 points in the second quarter.
For El Campo that was the last basket they hit for awhile as the Warriors turned up the defensive pressure with a 1-3-1 zone and shut out the Ladybirds in the second quarter.
West scored the first six of their 12 fast break points and out-rebounded El Campo 25-15.
"I thought it was a lack of our offense reading their defense," said El Campo coach Nona Kremling.
West scored 18 points in the second quarter to take a 30-12 lead into the dressing room at halftime.
"Once we started getting it going and got in the right positions we got a lot of steals and it all worked together," Franklin said.
West added 14 more points in the third quarter as the Ladybirds managed a point off a Brianna Johnson free throw 15 seconds into the second half.
Jan Cunningham broke the Ladybirds field goal scoring drought when she scored she scored on a layup 20 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Cunningham's basket made the score 44-15 West.
Cunningham led the Lady Birds with eight points including a pair of three-pointers.
The Warriors normally have eight players available, but were without reserve post Allyson Dlouhy on Tuesday, who missed the game with an injury.
West outscored El Campo in the paint 26-6 as Franklin and Shanequa Barfield by themselves had the same amount of points as the entire Ladybirds squad.
After managing just 13 points through 24 minutes, El Campo equaled that output in the fourth quarter.
"When you don't score any points in the second quarter and on point in the third quarter, surely you're going to do something in the fourth quarter," Kremling said.
Jimenez said that with only eight players and playing the up-and-down being in top shape is necessary in order to win games.
A 28-point win is also a good way to go into the Thanksgiving break.
"Anytime you can come out with a win before a break it gives you something to continue to work on when you come back from break," Jimenez said.
Since opening the season with a loss to South San Antonio, the Warriors have won seven of their last nine games.
The Warriors will take a break from game action for six days. West hosts Alice on Monday.