Shoemake steps up for St. Joseph
Jan. 15, 2012 at 5 a.m.
Updated Jan. 14, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.
Twelve months ago, Chloe Shoemake was a wide-eyed sophomore still getting her bearing on the St. Joseph girls basketball team.
This year, the junior guard had gone from a role player coming off a bench to being the Lady Flyers leading scorer and one of three captains on the team.
"She's taken on that role well," said Lady Flyers coach Carrie Myers. "She shoots the ball well, she's one of the leaders on the floor and it shows."
Shoemake's role was on display on Saturday afternoon at the St. Joseph gym as the Lady Flyers had no trouble dispatching the Laredo St. Augustine Knights 64-8.
Shoemake scored 11 points and Elizabeth Gibbens added a game-high 14 to help the Lady Flyers win their TAPPS 4-5A opener.
"Since we have such a young team I really play a big role so I really have to step it up and be a leader for the younger ones," Shoemake said.
The win improves St. Joseph's record to 11-16 on the season.
Last season the Lady Flyers finished second in district, but couldn't get past the area playoff round.
Shoemake said she hasn't forgotten the 41-40 home loss to San Antonio St. Anthony that ended the Lady Flyers season.
"It just showed us that we want to work a lot harder this year to beat them," Shoemake said.
The Lady Flyers played the first of a St. Joseph boys-girls doubleheader.
St. Joseph center Kalyn Hempel and St. Augustine wing Myriam Gonzalez traded baskets to open the game.
Unfortunatly for the Knights, that's the closest the game would be. Shoemake's put back with 7:09 put the Lady Flyers up to stay.
The Lady Flyers jumped out to a 17-2 lead in the first 6:28 and didn't look back.
St. Augustine shot 4-of-22, 18 percent, from the field.
St. Joseph out rebounded St. Augustine 40-16 and had 18 points in the paint while the Knights managed just two.
"I think we can gain a lot of confidence after this," Hempel said.
Hempel was the third Lady Flyer to score in double digits with 10.
Junior guard Paige Terrell had nine points while Emily Janak and Kensey Marshall matched the Knights collective offensive output with eight points apiece.
Shoemake said her goal for the season was to not only get back to the playoffs, but make a run to the TAPPS State Tournament.
"I believe we can do it, we have a really good team this year," Shoemake said.
The Lady Flyers took a first step toward that by beginning the district season with a win.
St. Joseph will take a break from district to play at Faith Academy on Monday. The Lady Cougars beat the Lady Flyers 63-47 earlier this season.
Vasquez leads Flyers to win over St. Augustine
There were few spots on the floor where St. Joseph shooting guard Jerry Vasquez couldn't hit from on Saturday.
The junior shooting guard sank five 3-pointers to help St. Joseph cruise past Laredo St. Augustine 60-36 at the St. Joseph gym.
"They wanted to go int today, it was a good day," Vasquez said.
Vasquez scored a team high 20 points while Luke Wenske added 12 as the Flyers improve to 19-8 on the season and 1-0 in TAPPS 4-5A play.
"Anytime you can get a district win it's a good thing, but when you can come out and make a statement, it's really good for the boys and the morale," said St. Joseph coach Abraham Garcia.
The Flyers held a 37-22 lead early in the third quarter when Vasquez helped spark a game clinching run.
Vasquez followed his fourth 3-pointer with a jump shot as the Flyers scored 17 straight points to take a 54-24 lead two minutes into the fourth quarter.
The Flyer defense held St. Augustine without a field goal for 10 minutes in the second half.
Flyers post Dean Vanek had an extended stay on the bench due to foul trouble, but seven 3-pointers helped pick up the scoring slack.
Vasquez said that the Flyers will be tough to beat if they keep it up.
"We can be unstoppable," Vasquez said. "If we hit from the outside, it opens up the inside and you can't give Dean a one-on-one, you can't stop him. He's too big."
The Flyers host East Bernard on Tuesday and continue district play on Saturday at Brownsville St. Joseph.