Campos-Reyes' three sparks Warriors in second half
Jan. 6, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2012 at 7:07 p.m.
In basketball, there's an old saying: You can't make it if you don't shoot it.
Victoria West senior guard Sevanah Campos-Reyes knows that.
On a night where the Warriors shot only 11 percent from beyond-the-arc, their lone 3-pointer was their biggest basket.
Campos-Reyes 3-pointer beat the buzzer before halftime, sparking a big Warriors second half as West beat the Beeville Lady Trojans 45-40 at the West High gym.
"I saw (the clock) going down, and I knew that I had to get the shot off," Campos-Reyes said. "They weren't falling before, but I knew if you keep shooting, then one's going to fall, and it happened to fall."
The victory gives West a 1-0 start in District 30-4A, while Beeville falls to 0-1. Both teams are 17-7 overall.
Campos-Reyes finished with 13 points, while junior post Treka Franklin scored a team-high 15.
Junior power forward Randi Maupin scored a game-high 16 points for the Lady Trojans.
Although West won the district championship last season, it was Beeville that came out like a team on a mission.
The Lady Trojans made five of their eight shots in the first quarter and led by as many as nine points midway through the second quarter.
Beeville gave West multiple looks defensively in the first half, mixing in 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones in the half court with a full court press.
"We were moving the ball in the zone, but we weren't making the whole zone move," West head coach Sandra Jimenez said. "We just kept one side going to the ball. It was easy for them to go from one baseline to the same side of the floor."
It appeared Beeville would take a comfortable six-point lead into the locker room after Alisa Patterson's lay-up with 10 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Lady Trojans a 22-16 lead, but the Warriors hustled up court and Campos-Reyes had the ball on the left side of the floor and let a shot go.
"It changed the momentum a lot, and we came out strong in the third quarter," Franklin said.
The three-pointer had a lasting effect on both Campos-Reyes and the team.
West outscored Beeville 29-18 after Patterson's bucket.
Through the first 15:50 of the game, Campos-Reyes had just two points. She scored 10 in the second half.
"I think it sparked it in her too," Jimenez said. "She hadn't made the shots that she's used to making, and I think that definitely helped out not only her self-confidence, but also the team."
Although West shot just 38 percent on the night, the Warriors defense rose to the occassion and was another big factor in the win.
The Warriors adjusted from playing a 1-3-1 zone to playing man defense after Maupin was able to penetrate and score 10 first-half points.
The Lady Trojans went 13-of-55 shooting after the first quarter and were held to just six points in the third quarter.
"It was our fault for coming out flat in the beginning and we had to fight from then on," Campos-Reyes said.
"We started picking them up full court and putting a little more pressure on them," Jimenez added.
The smaller Warriors made sure Beeville wouldn't have many second chance attempts. West had 10 defensive rebounds to Beeville's six offensive rebounds after halftime.
The Warriors out-rebounded the Lady Trojans 31-22 on the night.
"On a bad shooting night, it feels good to come out and do what we were supposed to do and get a win," Franklin said.
Reserve sophomore guard Lauren Rodriguez scored the first four points of the second half and hit a pair of free throws that put the Warriors up 23-22 two minutes into the third quarter.
It was West's first lead since a 5-4 advantage midway through the first.
Although Beeville would reclaim the lead, freshman point guard Mercedes Ellison gave the Warriors the lead for good with a putback that made it 28-26 West with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter.
The Lady Trojans didn't go quitely though.
Despite trailing by nine points midway through the fourth quarter, Beeville closed the game out with an 8-2 run sparked by a Maupin drive to the basket.
The Warriors backcourt speed ultimately put the game away, but it wasn't with drives to the basket.
With 1:31 remaining, Victoria Elizaide cut the Warriors' lead to 43-38, but the Lady Trojans had to foul to stop the clock and make West put the game away from the free-throw line.
The problem was Beeville had only four team fouls and couldn't catch up.
By the time Beeville fouled West three times, there was only 42.2 second remaining.
Emily Skipper hit both ends of the one-and-one to put the game away.
The win was West's 10th in 11 district games all-time.
West looks to go 2-0 on Tuesday at No. 11 Floresville.