West closes out Edison in 4th quarter

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

Feb. 13, 2018 at 10:21 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Victoria West's Taizhae Grant, middle, fights to hold onto the ball against San Antonio Edison during Tuesday night's Class 5A bi-district playoff game at the Gonzales gym.

Victoria West's Taizhae Grant, middle, fights to hold onto the ball against San Antonio Edison during Tuesday night's Class 5A bi-district playoff game at the Gonzales gym.   Madelynne Scales for The Victoria Advocate

GONZALES - Victoria West head coach Sandra Jimenez called a timeout with five minutes left in the Warriors' Class 5A bi-district playoff game against San Antonio Edison on Tuesday night.

Jimenez wanted to talk with the Warriors about playing aggressive on the defensive side of the ball to disrupt the Lady Bears' offense.

"We finally started playing defense," Jimenez said. "The girls were getting on their defensive assignments, so they had to rush their shots. Playing better defense in the fourth quarter is why we won the game."

The Warriors' defense held Edison scoreless and finished the game on 14-0 run to get a 50-37 win against the Lady Bears at the Gonzales gym.

The Warriors (30-6) advance to the area round to play Kerrville Tivy on Friday at Floresville with a time to be determined on Wednesday.

The time will either be 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Friday, depending on if there is a double header at Floresville.

The Lady Bears end the season 23-13.

West junior guard Carrie Lacy scored six points while freshman Ashley Giesalhart and sophomore post Jozelyn Washington added four points apiece in the Warriors' 14-0 run to end the game.

Giesalhart, a point guard, came in after the timeout and wanted to give her teammates a spark.

"We had to win to move on," Giesalhart said. "I felt like she put me in there for a reason to make a change. We started communicating more on defense in the fourth quarter with calling out there screens. It helped our offense to finish the game."

"This is the first year for some of our underclassman and they really stepped up in that fourth quarter," Jimenez said. "They have played in a playoff game now and got some experience."

The Warriors' defense caused problems for theLady Bears in the fourth quarter.

"We made them put up some shots early and we were attacking more," Jimenez said. "We weren't rushing their shots in the first half and we had to make adjustments to the kids that were scoring for them."

Kennedy Youngblood had a game-high 17 points for the Warriors, with 15 coming in the first half including a 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter.

The Warriors took a 27-24 lead at halftime.

"I came ready to play," Youngblood said. "I knew that we just had to stay focused the whole game. We really came on in the fourth quarter with our defense and we started to rebound more. Once we started getting rebounds, our offense started going."

Lacy finished with 14 points for the Warriors. Avalon Munoz scored 16 points to lead the Lady Bears.

West will now turn its attention to Kerrville Tivy, which defeated Austin Lanier 66-25 Monday night.

"They're a good team and we will have to play better than what we played tonight," Jimenez said. "We will get back to work at practice and work on things that we have done all year. The important thing is that we extended our season."

Victoria West 50,San Antonio Edison 37

Points - (Victoria West) Julie Jimenez 6, Carrie Lacy 14, Ashley Giesalhart 4, Sara Berengan 2, Kennedy Youngblood 17, Jozelyn Washington 7. (Edison) Avalon Munoz 16, Madylynn Zavala 9, Emerald Garcia-Smith 4, Syerra Puente 2, Judilynn Mayorga 6. Halftime - Victoria West 27, San Antonio Edison 25. 3-pointers - Jimenez 2, Youngblood 1, Munoz 2.

Records - Victoria West 30-6, San Antonio Edison 23-13.



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