YWLA stays hot; Kennedy downs Memorial
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
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Southwest (15-7, 1-0) began its District 28-6A season with a 41-38 win over Corpus Christi Ray (16-6, 0-1) Friday in Corpus Christi.
The Dragons trailed 17-16 at halftime. Southwest outscored Ray 9-7 in the final quarter to secure the win.
Junior Aaliyah Holmes led Southwest with 16 points. Karyssa Henry contributed eight points.
Holmes scored 27, fellow junior Alexandra Busby had 17 and Brianna Longoria added nine Jan. 5 at Southwest as the Dragons eclipsed Laredo Alexander 59-48. Busby’s total included 1,000th point of her Dragons career.
Young Women’s Leadership Academy 56, St. Gerard 43
The Cardinals (18-10) produced a pair of non-district victories, clipping Randolph (5-11) 52-43 Tuesday at Fox Tech and traveling to St. Gerard (9-7) for a win Saturday.
YWLA defeated the Ro-Hawks for the second time in three meetings this year as junior guard Olivia Balderas accounted for 37 points. Balderas had scored 38 in the Cardinals’ previous game against Brooks Academy.
Valeria Serenil was YWLA’s second-leading scorer against Randolph with five points.
The Cardinals trailed 23-19 at halftime, but outscored St. Gerard 24-8 in the third quarter.
Young Women’s Leadership Academy individual scoring information was not available.
Kennedy 46, Memorial 15
The Rockets (6-14, 1-5) defeated their archrival Memorial (1-20, 0-7) Friday in a District 27-5A game at Kennedy.
Kennedy’s lead was just 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Rockets seized control by outscoring the Minutemen 14-2 in the second quarter.
Senior Cameron Orta led the Rockets with 15 points. Esmeralda Manzaneres contributed 10 points and Vivica Vargas added nine.
Juanita Rodriguez was Memorial’s top scorer with five points.
Brackenridge 74, Jefferson 51
The Eagles (11-15, 6-2) moved into a second-place tie with Lanier and Sam Houston in District 28-5A by defeating Jefferson (5-17, 2-6) Friday at Lanier.
Brackenridge placed five scorers in double figures, led by junior Skyler Reyna (6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals) with 17 points. Miranda Sandoval finished with 13 points and six steals. Clarissa Rodriguez (12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), Clara Ramos (11 points, 5 rebounds) and Ashley Hernandez (10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) also scored in double digits.
Junior guard Angela Hardcastle led Jefferson with 24 points. Cecilia Campos added nine.
Tuesday at McCollum, Brackenridge defeated the Cowboys (1-16, 0-7) 51-32. Reyna led the Eagles with 16 points and Rodriguez scored 11. Softball standout Alyssa Berlanga supplied eight points.
McCollum’s top scorer was freshman Stephanie Esquivel with nine points.
Sam Houston 59, Harlandale 49
The Hurricanes (11-7, 6-2) picked up an important 28-5A win Friday at Harlandale (10-14, 4-4), which enabled them to remain in second place.
Sam Houston received 18 points from senior Jordyn Stewart. Monisha Jones scored 13 and Ashawntae Brown added 12.
Justyne Perez led Harlandale with 17 points and four assists. Teresa Navarro and Kayla Nunez each scored 13 points. Navarro made three 3-point baskets. Nunez had three steals.
The Hurricanes outscored Edison (6-17, 1-6) 15-9 in the second quarter to seize control of the 28-5A game Tuesday at Alamo Convocation Center. Sam Houston won 37-28.
Stewart scored 10 for Sam Houston. Brown and senior Dajah Thomas each had nine.
Dashia Miles was Edison’s leading scorer with eight points. Miles also made five steals and Jasmin Hernandez made four. Amy Marcos led Edison with seven rebounds. Freshman Judilynn Mayorga scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.
Laredo Cigarroa 59, Southside 40
The Toros (5-0 in district) broke a first-place tie with a decisive District 29-5A win Friday at Southside (13-7, 4-1). Cigarroa, No. 16 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state rankings, established an 18-8 lead in the first quarter.
Freshman Desirae Arocha led Southside with 14 points. Amalia Alexander scored 10 and Suwanan Nanthaphit had eight.
The Cardinals had won 52-23 Tuesday at Uvalde (2-16, 1-2). Southside outscored Uvalde 14-2 in the first quarter and 18-7 in the fourth.
Arocha scored a team-high 18 points for Southside. Junior Mayra Sendejo added nine points.