LADY FLYER CLASSIC
• Goliad vs. Flatonia, 8:30 a.m.
• St. Joseph vs. Wallis Brazos, 10 a.m.
• Faith Academy vs. Cuero, 11:30 a.m.
• Ganado vs. Moulton, 1 p.m.
• Goliad/Flatonia loser vs. Calhoun, 2:30 p.m.
• Goliad/Flatonia winner vs. Yoakum, 4 p.m.
• St. Joseph/Wallis Brazos loser vs. Faith Academy/Cuero loser, 5:30 p.m.
• St. Joseph/Wallis Brazos winner vs. Ganado/Moulton winner, 7 p.m.
The spirit and confidence of the Lady Cougars were brought to a new level after Faith Academy's 70-0 shellacking of San Antonio Trinity before the holiday break.
However, a first round match up against 12-1 Ganado at the Lady Flyer Holiday Classic quickly brought reality back.
Faith Academy (13-11) struggled to find its rhythm coming off the five-day break with only a shoot around session for practice Thursday morning, as Ganado won its 13th game of the season 55-46.
"We started off slow," Faith head coach Dusty Lemke said. "As the game went on, the second half was much better. This is a tournament where we're trying to get better for district."
The Lady Cougars first district game took place last Friday night, at home against San Antonio Trinity, in which Faith won 70-0.
"That was one of those games I'd never wish upon anybody," Lemke said about the shutout victory. "I don't think it had any effect on us today. The girls knew it wouldn't happen again. They knew Ganado was 14-1 and it was a totally different game today."
The Maidens scored the first points against Faith Academy after just 10 seconds of play and held Faith to no points until the 5:13 mark of the first quarter. However, Faith bounced back to take the lead midway through the first, but with three and a half minutes left, Ganado went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter 11-6.
Things didn't get much better for the Lady Cougars before halftime, as Ganado held them scoreless for the final four minutes of the half, while posting 10 points of their own for a 25-14 halftime lead.
"I thought we played OK today. There are still some things we need to work on," Ganado head coach Bryan Branch said. "The good thing about holiday tournaments is you get to get your legs back underneath you. We want to treat this game just like it's a district game."
The second half, though, would prove to be a different story.
Faith began to find its offensive groove in the second half, scoring 14 and 15 points in the final two quarters of play. However, the Lady Cougars struggled to stop Ganado from scoring. Abby Stanley scored five of her game-high 20 points within 30 seconds of one another to begin the third quarter. Ashley Scarborough was second for the Lady Indians with 12 points.
Courtne Grevey began to build a comeback for the Lady Cougars, scoring six points in the third quarter. A pair of baskets by Sarah Alex and Krischelle Alex kept the game relatively close headed into the fourth quarter, 40-28.
Both Faith and Ganado scored 15 points in the final quarter of play, including the final five by the Lady Cougars, but it wouldn't be enough to overcome the double-digit deficit as Ganado secured the 55-46 victory.
"Running the court was big for us. We made some easy baskets," Branch said. "For the most part, defensively, we played okay. We did some things at the end we shouldn't do, but we slacked off a bit because we had the lead."
Six days after having four players post scoring lines in double digits, the Lady Cougars just had two crack the 10-point mark. Sarah Alex led the team with 14 points and Bianca Sanchez finished with 12.
NIXON-SMILEY 50, CALHOUN 49
Calhoun began every quarter with at least a one-point lead, but the Sandies couldn't put themselves on top when it counted, losing to Nixon-Smiley, 50-49.
Clahoun, however, did have its chances.
Savannah Martinez put the Lady Mustangs up by one-point with 20 seconds left in the game. After a Calhoun-timeout, the defense for Nixon-Smiley never gave the Sandies an open shot and head coach Dana Williams could only watch her strategy fall apart in the game's waning seconds.
"They were supposed to stall the game, spread it out and work inside to get the shot," Williams said. "That isn't what happened."
What happened was the Sandies took a deep shot from the corner of the court with 11 seconds to play, which missed. The next seven seconds were spent with another missed shot and a pair of rebounds. However, Villegas would turn the ball over on a foul with three seconds left on the clock.
Before Martinez made her game-winning basket, Calhoun was able to take its last lead of the game with two of McKenna Villegas's 22 points after a pair of missed shots by Brenda Cardona.
"We had one girls miss her man," Williams said simply. "She didn't switch, didn't talk and left her wide open on the baseline and that won the game for them."
YOAKUM 61, NIXON-SMILEY 50
Latrice Brown led all scorers with 21 points, Celine Markert added 17 and Yoakum pulled away from Nixon-Smiley for a 61-50 win.
Alene Alvarez scored 19 points for the Lady Mustangs, while Kelby Henderson added 11 points with 3 3-pointers.
Yoakum led by just one point, 20-19, at the half.
MOULTON 51, CUERO 37
Moulton's Kristyn Kristenek notched 15 points and Morgan Mitchon added 13 for the Bobkittenz, who beat Cuero, 52-37.
YOAKUM 64, CC JOHN PAUL II 50
Desiree Garza led all scorers with 23 points and a 3 pointer as the Lady Bulldogs had no trouble with Corpus Christi John Paul II, 64-50.
Celine Markert added 12 points and Callie Witte had nine for Yoakum, which plays the winner of Friday's Goliad-Flatonia matchup.
Pena and Leija for John Paul II scored in double figures.
CALHOUN 51, CC JOHN PAUL II 24
McKenna Villegas led all scorers with 17 points, Makenzie Zwerschke added 10 points and Calhoun cruised past Corpus Christi John Paul II, 51-24.
Only four players scored for John Paul II, one in double figures. They trailed the Sandies 35-10 at halftime.
Devean Ureste hit two 3-pointers for the Sandies, who will take on the loser of Flatonia and Goliad on Friday morning.