GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Brooks Academy storms back into 26-3A playoff race

Aaliyah Holmes scored 16 points in leading Southwest past Corpus Christi Ray in its District 28-6A opener.

Southwest maintains first in 28-6A; Harlandale upends Brack

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Brooks Academy, Burbank, Harlandale, Jefferson, McCollum, South San, Southwest.




Brooks Academy (2-3 in district) had a rough introduction to District 26-3A this season, losing its first three games by a combined 88 points as the schedulemaker pitted the Bengals against the cream of the district crop.

However, Brooks Academy recovered nicely. The Bengals moved into playoff position, grabbing fourth place with back-to-back victories last week.

The Bengals defeated Natalia 67-56 Tuesday at Brooks. They put an exclamation point on the week with a 70-16 victory over Fox Tech (2-24, 0-5) Friday on the Buffaloes’ home court.

Three players accounted for the bulk of the Bengals’ points against Fox Tech. J. Castillo led Brooks with 21 points. Alyssa Quintanilla scored 20 and B. Santiago added 17.

Statistics from the Natalia game were unavailable.

Southwest 56, South San 43

The Dragons (18-8, 4-1) held its ground heading into this Friday’s prospective first-place showdown with Corpus Christi Carroll (23-4, 4-1).

Southwest defeated South San (11-16, 1-4), which was coming off a 73-68 win over Corpus Christi King Tuesday, in a district game Friday at South San. The Bobcats led 10-8 after the first quarter, but the Dragons had seized control 20-17 by halftime and outscored their hosts 26-13 in the third quarter.

Southwest was led by 23 points from junior Aaliyah Holmes. Alexandra Busby produced 11 points and Brianna Longoria scored eight.

For South San. Desiree Orta scored 11 points and Ariel Sosa had nine.

The Dragons also edged East Central (10-14, 2-3) 41-38 Tuesday at Southwest.

Southwest had to come back from a 32-25 third-quarter deficit to secure the win. The Dragons received 15 points from Holmes and 14 from Busby.

Freshman center Nalyssa Smith led the Hornets with 15 points. Brittany Rodgers scored 12.

Harlandale 56, Brackenridge 50

The Indians (14-14, 8-4) passed Brackenridge (12-17, 7-4) in the District 28-5A standings to take fourth place with a win Friday 23 in the Eagles’ gym. Harlandale moved into position with a 59-40 win over Jefferson (6-20, 3-9) Tuesday.

Senior Elizabeth Herrera led Harlandale with 16 points as the Indians avenged a first-round loss to Brack. Justyne Perez scored 14 points and Kayla Nunez had 12. Analissa Hernandez added eight.

Brackenridge junior Skyler Reyna scored 29 points.

Against Jefferson at Harlandale, the Indians Perez scored 20 points and collected five rebounds. Theresa Navarro made three 3-point shots for nine points. Fawzieh Saleh and Priscilla Gonzalez each grabbed six rebounds.

Junior Angela Hardcastle had a team-high 22 points for Jefferson. Cecilia Campos contributed eight points.

Southside 55, Laredo Nixon 48

The Cardinals (17-7, 8-1) wrapped up their second-consecutive playoff berth with a win over Laredo Nixon (15-10 ???, 6-3) in a District 29-5A game Friday at Southside.

Southside held a slim 33-31 halftime lead over Nixon but pulled away thereafter. Freshman Desirae Arocha led the Cardinals with 24 points. Mayra Sendejo scored 17.

The Cardinals defeated Somerset (7-17, 2-7) Tuesday at Southside. Southside led just 13-12 after a quarter, but had established a five-point lead by halftime. Arocha (18 points) and Sendejo (17) were the leading scorers. Freshman Klarissa Quintana added eight points.

Lanier 49, Jefferson 41

The Voks (17-11, 9-3) locked in third place with a pair of District 28-5A wins, defeating McCollum (2-19, 1-10) Tuesday at the Lanier and Jefferson Friday at Alamo Convocation Center.

Lanier led Jefferson 17-16 at the half, but outscored the Mustangs 20-13 in the third quarter. Destiny Garza led the Voks with 15 points. Ruby Garza scored 12 and Sabrina Cortinas 10.

Jefferson received 18 points from Hardcastle and eight from Phileen Perez.

The Voks had a narrow escape against an energized McCollum (2-20, 1-11). Lanier led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter, but McCollum battled to take a 28-27 halftime lead. The Cowboys led 42-37 through three quarters. Lanier pumped in 20 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Cortinas produced a team-high 23 points for the Voks. Ruby Garza chipped in 11 points. Sophomore Brandi Mojica scored eight points.

Freshmen Celeste Ramirez and Stephnie Esquivel each scored 12 points for McCollum. Miranda Rich aded 10 points.

Sam Houston 54, McCollum 29

The Hurricanes (14-7, 9-2) blitzed McCollum Friday in a District 28-5A game, after seizing a close win over Burbank (9-18, 2-9) Tuesday at location.

At McCollum, senior Jordyn Stewart led Sam Houston with 17 points and Monisha Jones had 15.

Senior Tiaria Mackey scored eight points.

E. Guerra scored nine points for McCollum.

The Hurricanes defeated Burbank at Lanier by outscoring the Bulldogs 18-8 in the final quarter. Burbank had a seemingly solid 33-26 lead through three quarters.

Freshman center Ashawntae Brown led Sam Houston with 18 points. Jones scored eight.

Senior Abigail Macias topped Burbank with 13 points. Jade Moore contributed 11 points and Antwanisha Riddle finished with eight.

About Mike Considine (1619 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 12 years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. 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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