St. Joseph wins final pre-district game 56-29

Julie Garcia By Julie Garcia

Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 5, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.

Flatonia's Kena Lopez  tries to steal the ball from Lady Flyer Iris Young in Monday night's match at the St Joseph gym. Lady Flyers defeated Flatonia 56-29.

Flatonia's Kena Lopez tries to steal the ball from Lady Flyer Iris Young in Monday night's match at the St Joseph gym. Lady Flyers defeated Flatonia 56-29.

With 25 games already in the bag, St. Joseph's Christine Janak is feeling prepared about their district opener against Austin Hyde Park on Friday.

"We're just coming together as a team right when district is coming, so it's perfect timing," the sophomore said. "We're just really strong as a team."

The Lady Flyers (19-6) defeated the Flatonia Bulldogs (8-13) on Monday 56-29.

Janak, who played an integral part of the Lady Flyers volleyball season this past fall, is not one to hog the ball.

"I'd rather assist - it makes me feel good to let them shine and get the points," said Janak, who scored eight points.

Lady Flyers Coach Carrie Myers said her team has become selfless in its game.

"They love to pass and to let other people score," she said. "When the time comes, they will shoot the ball. They are very close, and you can see that on the floor and also in the locker room."

In an effort to get everyone experience on the court, Myers switched out her starters for non-starters for half of the second, third and fourth quarters.

"You never know what's going to happen during district games," Myers said. "I'm just trying to make sure everyone touches the floor and gets a feel for what's happening."

Iris Young, a junior starter, led with 14 points, followed by sophomores Madison Foeh with 13 points and Kristi Hempel with nine points.

Myers was pleased with the Lady Flyers' instincts in their last pre-district game.

"A lot of good passing to each other, not a lot of turnovers which is what we've been wanting to clean up," Myer said. "Defense looked good; our press looked really good. Can't say enough good things about what they did tonight."

In the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, St. Joseph is ranked No. 18.

However, Myers knows a high rank doesn't make a done deal.

"We have a tough district," Myers said. "I'm trying to find out as much as I can with game films from last year, so we're looking at those, but you've got transfers. New people come in."

In the latest TABC poll, Austin Regents (15-4) is ranked No. 15, and Austin St. Dominic Savio (15-10) is No. 22.

With a younger team (three seniors, two juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen), Myers would normally be worried about the competition.

This year is different though.

"This team has really become family and has gelled really well together," she said. "The majority of the girls were on varsity last year, so they've got that experience even though most were freshmen."

Also, making an appearance in the playoffs last year gave the Lady Flyers an advantage, as well.

"We prepare ourselves well and say this is a good team, so we really fight," Janak said about more experienced squads. "Those better teams, we always fight a little harder and end up winning."

Victoria St. Joseph 56,Flatonia 29

HALFTIME: Victoria St. Joseph 33, Flatonia 14

POINTS: Victoria St. Joseph, Kalyn Hempel 6, Kristi Hempel 9, Kali Perales 2, Kensey Marshall 2, Iris Young 14, Christine Janak 8, Madison Foeh 13, Hannah Novosad 2. Flatonia, Jaycee Fike 2, Crystal Rodriguez 10, Kylie Mica 9, Dana Luck 2, Alanis Ribera 4, McKenna Lopez 2.



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