Lady Titans run off with win over Terry

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Jan. 12, 2018 at 10:21 p.m.

Victoria East wasn't always at the top of its game against Rosenberg Terry.

But it wasn't because of a lack of effort from the Lady Titans.

"We're still young so we have those moments," said East senior Imani Wimbish-Gay. "But we got it together pretty good. I think we had more energy than we ever had."

The Lady Titans finished the first quarter on a 14-0 spurt and ran off with an 82-53 District 27-5A win over the Lady Rangers on Friday night at the East gym.

"We got to play a lot faster and that's more our speed and I think that got us more into a rhythm," Wimbish-Gay said of the Lady Titans, who improved to 11-16 and 5-2 in district. "There wasn't a spot in our game that really bothered me that much. We played a complete game today."

Terry (4-15, 1-6) took a 7-2 lead before East began forcing turnovers with its full-court press.

The Lady Titans held the Lady Rangers scoreless for a 5-minute, 45-second span of the first and second quarters and built a double-digit lead they never relinquished.

"I think we settled in and we started pressing and doing different types of defenses," said East coach Yulonda Wimbish-North. "I think for us that gave us energy. I don't know if we have the same energy when we play half-court. We tried it and you saw how it goes for us. It's almost like we have to do some type of press most of the game to give us energy."

Susie Hernandez made two 3-pointers and led the Lady Titans with 18 points.

"My teammates were getting me the ball and all I had to do was capitalize," Hernandez said. "I felt it so I just kept going. The past games they were here and there and all I had to do was trust my shot and it happened."

Wimbish-North was pleased to see Hernandez provide some offense from long range.

"She needed that because she's been struggling from the field," Wimbish-North said. "If she's able to hit shots, that makes us even stronger. If she's scoring in double figures and you have other people scoring, then you can have 80-point games."

Imani Wimbish-Gay and Leilani Wimbish-Gay each added 16 points for East, which had all 10 players score.

"If you noticed we played different people and that energy stayed the same," Wimbish-North said. "That's something you really need to be successful."

District 27-5A

Victoria East 82,Rosenberg Terry 53

Points: (Terry) Laney Ramirez 8, Ailyn Garza 18, Amari Carr 5, Covin Vinson 3, Reagan Blackburn 5, Ivy Shimkus 9. (East) Susie Hernandez 18, Giani Wimbish-Gay 9, Azlyn Rodriguez 3, Imani Wimbish-Gay 16, Jakell Wright 3, Renae Mendieta 4, J'Riaha Moore 2, Leilani Wimbish-Gay 16, Zakari Perry 3, Trinity Wallace 8.

Halftime: East 46-26. 3-pointers: Garza 3, Carr, Odevinde, Hernandez 2, G. Wimbish-Gay 2, I. Wimbish-Gay, Wright. Records: Terry 4-15, 1-6; East 11-16, 5-2. JV: Terry 39-38 OT.



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