GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT (Jan. 11-17): Rockets, Manzanares kick Mules

Harlandale hangs in 28-5A race with two wins

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Providence, Southside.


Kennedy (7-16, 2-7) sprung the biggest upset so far in District 27-5A Tuesday, defeating Alamo Heights (12-7, 6-4) 36-28 at Kennedy

Alamo Heights took charge early, grabbing a 7-2 lead over the Rockets in the first quarter. Kennedy surpassed the the Mules in the second quarter and claimed an 18-13 halftime lead. The Rockets cemented their lead by outscoring Alamo Heights 11-6 in the third quarter.

Rockets guard Esmeralda Manzanares scored a game-high 15 points. Cameron Orta chipped in nine points. Kira Domagalski scored seven.

District-leading Kerrville Tivy (21-4, 9-0) defeated Kennedy 58-34 Friday in the Antlers’ gym. Statistics from the game were unavailable.

Harlandale 42, McCollum 28

The fifth-place Indians (12-14, 6-4) fortified their District 28-5A playoff hopes with a pair of wins, including a 14-point victory over rival McCollum (2-18, 1-9) Jan. 16 at Harlandale.

Harlandale’s Kayla Nunez scored 10 points. Justyne Perez scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and made five steals. Senior Elizabeth Herrera had a team-high seven rebounds and Fawzieh Saleh snared six.

Stephanie Esquivel led McCollum with eight points.

Harlandale also defeated Burbank (9-17, 2-8) 49-42 Jan. 13 in the Bulldogs’ gym.

Perez led Harlandale with 14 points and four assists. Saleh collected a team-high 10 rebounds. Teresa Navarro scored nine points and Nunez added eight. Herrera (8 points) and Kristy Ricondo each corralled eight rebounds.

Cory Sepulveda and Abigail Macias each scored 10 points for Burbank.

McCollum edged Edison 43-42 Jan. 13 for its first district victory.

Esquivel produced 19 points for the Cowboys and Miranda Rich scored nine.

Holy Cross 68, Providence 12

The Knights (13-10, 5-3) blitzed TAPPS District 4-4A rival Providence (1-24, 0-8) Tuesday at Holy Cross. Holy Cross also defeated Corpus Christi John Paul II (11-11, 5-4) at home Saturday in another district game.

Holy Cross opened a 19-2 lead in the first quarter against Providence. Junior Brianna Salinas led the Knights with 19 points. Hayley Andrade supplied 15 points, Bryanna Solis added 12 and Megan Hernandez had nine.

Junior Kasey Day led the Provets with five points.

Against Corpus Christi John Paul II, Andrade and Salinas were the Knights’ top scorers with 23 and 19 points, respectively. Junior Victoria Gonzalez scored eight.

Cornerstone Christian (11-11, 5-4) won 37-13 Friday at Providence. Day scored a team-high seven points for Providence.

Southside 71, Eagle Pass Winn 22

The Cardinals (15-7, 6-1) crushed Eagle Pass Winn in District 29-5A game Friday at Southside. It was Southside’s second district win of the week. The Cardinals also won 56-45 Tuesday at Medina Valley (8-16, 2-5).

Southside built a 25-3 lead in the first quarter and led 44-6 at the half. Substitutes Riquee Vasquez and Savannah Guzman were the Cardinals’ top scorers with 13 points each.

Against Medina Valley, Southside received 23 points from Mayra Sendejo and 17 from Desirae Arocha. The Cardinals ran to a 20-4 lead in the first quarter, but the Panthers were within seven points after three quarters. Southside outscored Medina Valley 13-9 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Highlands 51, Brackenridge 29

The Owls (20-9, 10-0) kept rolling along with two more large-margin wins in District 28-5A games at Lanier last week.

Highlands downed Brackenridge (10-16, 5-3) 51-29 Friday. The Owls manufactured a surprising 21-9 halftime lead and never looked back.

Point guard Kiara Pesina was the Owls’ leading scorer with 18 points. Jazmine Jackson produced 14 points and Aaliyah Prince added 13.

Junior Skyler Reyna was the Eagles’ only double-figure point producer with 15.

The Owls overwhelmed Jefferson (5-18, 2-7) 79-35 Tuesday behind a 25 point outburst from Prince. Senior Emily Pearce (13 points), Pesina (13 points) and Jackson (11 points) all scored in double figures.

Junior guard Phileen Perez led the Mustangs with 11 points.

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