Edna captures bi-district win over Yoakum

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Feb. 12, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 9:04 a.m.

Yoakum's Ashley Taylor, left, and Edna's Keyshia Callis  wrestle for the ball during Monday night's Class 3A bi-district  playoff game in Cuero. Edna defeated Yoakum 54-43.

Yoakum's Ashley Taylor, left, and Edna's Keyshia Callis wrestle for the ball during Monday night's Class 3A bi-district playoff game in Cuero. Edna defeated Yoakum 54-43.    Madelynne Scales for The Victoria Advocate

CUERO - Edna started its Class 3A bi-district game against Yoakum like a team that has only two seniors on the roster.

Nerves definitely got the better of the Cowgirls in the first quarter.

"Before the game, I was shaking the whole warm-up and I think I was bricking my shots," said sophomore Melani Guzman. "When the game started, I was just breathing so much. I missed my shots. I don't grab the ball. They pass me the ball and it goes out of bounds. It was horrible."

But Guzman and her teammates quickly regained their composure and went on to a 54-43 win Monday night at the Cuero Junior High gym.

Edna improved to 22-14 and advanced to the area playoffs against the Poth-Johnson City winner.

"I made my first shot, and the whole team started supporting me," said Guzman, who led the Cowgirls with 18 points. "My confidence went up and that's how it went."

The Cowgirls took the lead for good on a layup by Lexi Reyes, who had 14 points, to open the second quarter.

Edna finished the quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 27-17 lead at halftime.

"We have great guards who settled down and ran the team," said Edna coach Ieasha Lee. "Because they ran the ball like they were supposed to, we were able to run an effective press break. We were able to get those baskets underneath and that was good for us."

Lauren Caka made five 3-pointers and led the Lady Bulldogs (23-9) with 19 points.

But Yoakum scored only six points in the second quarter and no other player converted from 3-point range.

"That's what ended up happening," said Yoakum coach Felix Duran. "We made an adjustment in the third quarter and got back into it. But they were handling our press and we just made some uncharacteristic mistakes. We started to panic and shoot the 3 a lot more than I wanted. We were unable to connect on those 3s like we usually do night in and night out."

Reyes picked up her fourth foul and the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter and pulled with 43-38.

But Reyes returned to the game and the Cowgirls scored six straight points and Yoakum got no closer than nine points the rest of the game.

"We all started looking at each other more and understanding each other," Guzman said. "We were smarter about everything and started doing better as a team."

Keyshia Callis added 15 points for the Cowgirls, who finished third in the District 27-3A.

"We had only four girls who had played before," Lee said. "We've been struggling for a little while and it's just starting to click for everybody."

Class 3A Bi-District

Edna 54, Yoakum 43

Points - (Yoakum) Ashley Taylor 5, Jordan Payne 4, Madison Harrison 7, Lauren Caka 19, Morgan Vinklarek 8. (Edna) Tatyana Dilworth 1, Acaija Dickerson 6, Keyshia Callis 15, Melani Guzman 18, Lexi Reyes 14.

Halftime - Edna 27-17. 3-pointers - Caka 5, Reyes 2. Records - Yoakum 23-9; Edna 22-14.

Schulenburg tops Palacios

CUERO - Chelsea Stewart scored 12 points and Brynlee Hollas and Deadra Jackson each had 10 to lead Schulenburg to a 42-26 Class 3A bi-district win over Palacios on Tuesday night at the Cuero Junior High gym.

"She's our general on the floor," Schulenburg coach Phillip Eddins said of Hollas. "She takes care of the basketball for us. She's the calming influence. She's the point guard and we really don't have another one right now."

The Lady Horns improved to 29-8 and advanced to area against Lago Vista.

The game is tentatively set for 7 p.m. Friday at Seguin High School.

Sarah Filip and Bree Simmons each scored eight points for the Lady Sharks, who ended the season at 22-10.

"We just couldn't score," said Palacios coach Aaron Wollam. "I thought we played good defense, we just didn't score."

Class 3A Bi-District

Schulenburg 42, Palacios 26

Points: (Palacios) Morgan Ramirez 4, Sarah Filip 8, Savannah Williams 4, Bree Simmons 8, Tracy Trihn 2. (Schulenburg) Jasmeen Modi 1, Erica Otto 2, Caitlin Norrell 3, Erin Treybig 4, Brynlee Hollas 10, Chelsea Stewart 12, Deadra Jackson 10.

Halftime: Schulenburg 21-14. 3-pointers: Filip 2, Norrell. Records: Palacios 22-10; Schulenburg 29-8.


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