Harlandale wins Edgewood ISD Tourney
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
Brackenridge’s suffocating defense is giving the Eagles hope that some magical accomplishments may be in store for this year’s team.
The Eagles (14-4, 2-0) dominated their first two opponents and were one of two undefeated teams in District 28-4A at the close of the second week of district play. Brackenridge defeated Edison 74-31 Dec. 3 and drew a bye from competition last Friday.
Defending 28-4A champion Brennan (11-0, 3-0) leads the district.
“We’re looking forward to playing Brennan,” Eagles senior guard Miranda Acuna said. “They keep you working hard, but I think we can beat them. What we really want to do, though, is get prepared for the playoffs and go to state.”
Longtime Brackenridge coach Patrick Harvey retired last summer. Under Harvey, the Eagles had consistently won more than 10 games a year in district competition. New coach Tamiko Matthews wants to build on that success and take it to another level.
Matthews and her team were encouraged by a third-place finish Nov. 23 at the prestigious Jaguar Classic in Floresville.
“That was propelling us toward our goal,” Matthews said. “I played for Brack a long, long time ago and I want to go further (in the postseason) than we’ve gone in the past. I want us to really try to get to state. Every game we play should get us closer to that goal.”
At Edison (7-10, 1-1), Brackenridge broke open a 2-2 game with 18 unanswered points and never looked back as they recorded their eighth victory in nine games. The Eagles outscored the Golden Bears 21-2 in the third quarter.
“At the beginning, the shots didn’t fall,” Alonzo said. “Over time, those (Brack) layups add up. She has some good seniors.”
In two 28-4A games, the Eagles had scored 129 points and given up 45.
“Coach Matthews really works a lot on defense,” Brack senior standout defender Breeann Hernandez said. “Defense and teamwork are our main focus.”
Sophomore Skyler Reyna led the Eagles with 21 points. Acuna and Hernandez contributed 18 and 10 points, respectively. Each of Brackenridge’s starters produced at least three steals.
“There’s not any one player that we rely on,” Matthews said. “We’re coming together as a team.”
Edison senior post Paula Moreno and junior substitute guard Jasmin Chapa led the Golden Bears with seven points apiece. Edison defeated Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-8, 0-3) 37-30 last Friday.
Edgewood ISD Tournament
Harlandale (11-7) won the five-team, round-robin tournament, which took place last Friday and Saturday at Edgewood Gym. The Indians were the only team to be undefeated in their four tournament games.
Holy Cross (7-11), Kennedy (4-6) and McCollum (4-8) all won two games apiece.
Harlandale had to survive a 40-38 game against Holy Cross Friday to secure the title. Amazingly, the Indians had defeated the Knights by an identical score Dec. 3 at Harlandale.
Annie Garza scored 16 points and Justyne Perez added 14, helping the Indians overcome a 23-8 halftime deficit. Holy Cross was led by Hayley Andrade with 14 points.
Jefferson 58, Burbank 38
The Mustangs (6-7, 1-1) registered two resounding victories last week, defeating Burbank (3-11, 0-3) in a non-district game last Friday and Memorial 67-38 Dec. 3 in a non-district contest.
Jefferson took a 21-3 lead in the first quarter. By halftime, the Mustangs had a 34-10 cushion.
Sasha Barrientos led Jefferson against Burbank with17 points. Angela Hardcastle scored 14 and senior Adriana Aguinaga 13. Alejandra Martinez was the Bulldogs’ top scorer with 10 points.
Aguinaga was the Mustangs’ team-high scorer against Memorial with16 points and Barrientos scored 15.