East, West, Calhoun face tough challenge in area
Feb. 16, 2017 at 11:36 p.m.
Victoria East, Victoria West and Calhoun picked up Class 5A bi-district round wins to advance to the area round.
But the second round will be a tough challenge.
East defeated San Antonio Brackenridge 76-60 on Monday and will play Kerrville Tivy at 7 p.m. Friday at Pleasanton.
"Against Brackenridge, I think our press defense was great and we were able to get some easy baskets early off turnovers," said East head coach Yulonda Wimbish-North. "We came out with a lot of intensity and we will need to bring that same intensity against Tivy."
The Lady Titans' (17-4) defense will have to stop the Lady Antlers, who routed Austin Lanier 67-16.
"They're a very physical team," Wimbish-North said. "They have a lot of size at all the positions and move around a lot. We're going to have to be ready for a tough game."
West defeated (25-11) San Antonio Edison 55-38 and will play Austin High at 7 p.m. Friday in Gonzales.
Austin High defeated Seguin 43-23 on Tuesday.
"Against Edison, we got off to a slow start, but as the game went on we started playing better defense and we were able to get our offense going," said West coach Sandra Jimenez. "Austin likes to shoot 3-pointers, has some good size in the post. It's something similar that we faced against Edison."
West is currently on a six-game winning streak heading into the area round.
"In the playoffs, you're going to play against good competition, if not better when you play in district," Jimenez said. "We're playing good right now, but we just have to come out against Austin fast and get out to a good start.We need to play good defense and make sure that we don't hurt ourselves with turnovers."
The Sandies (23-15) defeated San Antonio Lanier 66-56 on Tuesday and will play Dripping Springs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Flatonia.
Dripping Springs defeated Austin Crockett 41-31 in the bi-district round.
The Sandies had a 26-point lead against the Lady Voks, but were able to hold on in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
"They have the confidence in themselves that when they get down that they won't give up," said Calhoun head coach Kent Smith. "We let that lead get away, but we were able to close them out and that's positive."
The Sandies will have familiarity against Dripping Springs.
"Dripping Springs looks like Lanier, but they have more height." Smith said. "We have a lot of confidence right now with the last two games that we have played against Lamar Consolidated and Lanier. We have a lot of players that step up for us during games and will look to continue to get contribution from everyone on the team."