GIRLS BASKETBALL MIDWEEK REPORT: Dragons blend experience and youth to craft 4-game win streak

Edison launches comeback to defeat Jefferson in 28-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED: Edison, Harlandale, Jefferson, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest.

Photos taken by KJ Toso. For more photos (including the Southwest-Somerset JV game) or to purchase photos, please visit: kjtoso.photoreflect.com

Southwest junior Alexandra Busby (3) pulls up for a jumper over the entire Somerset team. Busby scored 10 points.

Southwest junior Alexandra Busby (3) pulls up for a jumper over the entire Somerset team. Busby scored 10 points.

Southwest freshman Briana Longoria (21) defends Somerset's top scorer Alexis Trevino, who scored eight points.

Southwest freshman Briana Longoria (21) defends Somerset’s top scorer Alexis Trevino, who scored eight points.

Southwest's Gaby Bernal drives for two points.

Southwest’s Gaby Bernal drives for two points.

When Southwest senior Tiffani Rodriguez was a freshman, she had good role models to look up to.

Then-senior Shana Holmes, the No. 4 all-time scorer in the San Antonio area, was the Dragons’ top scorer.

Holmes, who averaged 23.8 points in 2010-11, amassed nearly 2,600 points in her Southwest career. Classmate Chatavia Boone-Fudge accounted for roughly 1,500 points and 1,200 rebounds.

Cut to this season when Rodriguez is approaching the 2,000-point mark herself, despite deferring to Holmes and Boone-Fudge as a young player. She carried a 13.8 average that season.

“We’ve been really blessed,” Southwest coach Bill Avey said, “with a young team to have a senior like Tiff. She’s just closing in on 2,000 points, and that’s a pretty special number.”

Rodriguez leads the Dragons (16-5) with a 13.9 average, which has dropped from 17.8 last season. The reason for the decrease is that she’s helping to bring along a young group that includes three freshmen and a precocious sophomore,

“Tiff has been there,” Avey said. “Now she has a chance to mentor this team. She knows what they’ve been through and she’s providing a lot of leadership.”

Rodriguez deferred to the youngsters a bit Monday. She scored 12 points against Somerset (9-8).

Freshman Brianna Longoria came off the bench to lead the Dragons with 16 points at Southwest as they demolished Somerset 68-22. Longoria has an 8.3 scoring average.

Busby scored 10 points and freshman post Melissa Lockridge added seven points. The other freshman, point guard Jenyl Henry, mustered four points.

Henry helped Southwest register a key 66-60 win over Alamo Heights Dec. 10 with 13 points, including four clutch points down the stretch.

“I haven’t had a freshman point guard in 15 years,” Avey said. “Jenyl doesn’t score much, but she has a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and she averages five assists a game.

“Brianna gives us a lot of firepower off the bench and Missy (Lockridge) is a very sound player.”

Southwest claimed another important victory during its current four-game winning streak. The Dragons defeated Smithson Valley 65-51 Dec. 13. Rodriguez scored 32 points in that game and 28 against Alamo Heights.

“We’re playing very well as a team,” Avey said.

Edison 53, Jefferson 50

The Golden Bears (8-14, 2-3) overcame a nine-point, first-quarter deficit to defeat Jefferson (7-10, 2-4) in a District 28-4A game Wednesday.

The Mustangs bolted to a 23-14 lead in the first eight minutes. Edison closed to 32-26 at halftime. The Golden Bears overtook Jefferson by outscoring their district rival 13-7 in the final quarter.

Hannah Diano led Edison with 16 points in one of her best offensive outputs of the season. Amy Marcos added 11 points. Jasmine Alvarado and Jody Alatorre each scored nine.

Sasha Barrientes topped Jefferson’s scorers with 12 points. Adriana Aquinaga and Angela Hardcastle each supplied 11 points. Melanie Ybarra chipped in with nine points.

Harlandale 44, McCollum 34

Senior post Connie Garza produced a career-high 37 points to help the Indians (13-7, 2-0) hold off a strong effort from the rival Cowboys (4-12, 0-2) Tuesday at Harlandale for a District 29-4A  victory.

The Indians took an 11-6 lead in the first quarter. McCollum closed within 17-14 at halftime, but Harlandale gradually pulled away.

Elva Rios led the Cowboys with nine points. Only three players scored for Harlandale.

South San 62, Sam Houston 57

In a rare scheduled meeting between Class 5A South San (9-10) and Class 3A Sam Houston (1-4) Tuesday, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final quarter. Host Sam Houston came back like a tidal wave in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 26-13 as they tried to work off a double-digit halftime deficit.

South San built a 39-23 halftime lead and extended their lead to 18 points when the third quarter ended.

Junior Kassandra Valdez led the Bobcats with a career-high 26 points. Kimberly Tobias added 15 points and Lauren Estrada scored 11.

Junior Monisha Jones had an outstanding game for the Hurricanes with 21 points. Dionna Camino scored 16.

About Mike Considine (1352 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past five years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. I cover high school football for the San Antonio Express-News in the fall. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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