East, West ready for playoffs

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

Feb. 12, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.

Victoria West's Carrie Lacy (5) fends off Victoria East's Giani Wimbish-Gay (10) during their game last month at the East gym. Both the Warriors and Titans have bi-district playoff games Tuesday night in Gonzales.

Victoria West's Carrie Lacy (5) fends off Victoria East's Giani Wimbish-Gay (10) during their game last month at the East gym. Both the Warriors and Titans have bi-district playoff games Tuesday night in Gonzales.   Madelynne Scales for The Victoria Advocate

Victoria East and Victoria West are no strangers to making the playoffs.

East has made the playoffs eight straight years while West has made it six times in the last eight years since both schools opened.

"I think you always want to make the playoffs and win a state championship," said East head coach Yulonda Wimbish-North. "To make the playoffs is something that you want every year, and I'm thankful that I have been blessed to do that with my teams."

"I'm thankful for the things that have happened here at West," added West head coach Sandra Jimenez. "In the playoffs, we have to take it one game at a time and not try to look at the next game. We have to take the same approach we have taken all year and apply it in the playoffs."

East and West will travel to Gonzales on Tuesday to play their Class 5A bi-district playoff games.

West will take on San Antonio Edison at 6 p.m. while East will play San Antonio Lanier at 8 p.m. at the Gonzales gym.

The Warriors (29-6) won the District 27-5A crown this season, which was their first district title since the 2013-14 season.

West enters the playoffs with a 13-game winning streak and rolled past Edision last year in the bi-district round with a 55-38 victory.

"I think we know more about them this year and that's going to help us," Jimenez said. "They basically have the same kids as last year, and what helped us out was their post player getting into foul trouble early. We will look to play our game and get after it on Tuesday."

East (16-19) has a size advantage against Lanier, but isn't taking the Lady Voks lightly.

"They're a scrappy team," Wimbish-North said. "From what I see, they may be small, but they have one girl who's tall. I'm not sure what they're going to see."

East has several underclassman, but Wimbish- North isn't worried about the Lady Titans getting nervous.

"I'm not really worried about jitters," Wimbish- North said. "What you're hoping is that people who have been here before know what to expect and that leadership goes to the younger kids."


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