Emily Perez and Sydney Morris have been making their shots with ease so far this season and they kept their hot streaks going into the Lady Flyer Holiday Classic. However, it was another Tigerette who sealed Goliad's tournament championship.
With St. Joseph in full rally mode, Avery Zamzow made two baskets and a pair of free throws in the final 2:15 of Saturday's game to seal Goliad's 59-45 championship.
"For us, this is very important," said Goliad coach John Reyes. "We weren't playing the way we wanted to before the break. The way we came and this tournament is what we needed."
Goliad won its three tournament games without much drama. The Tigerettes opened the tournament Friday with a 38-22 victory over Flatonia and later that day won 46-37 against Yoakum.
Zamzow finished the night with 14 points. Sydney Morris led all scorers with 22 points and Emily Perez, who was named the tournament MVP after the game, had 19. Both Morris and Perez had three 3-pointers.
"Goliad has some great shooters," St. Joseph head coach Carrie Myers said. "They have a good squad."
Perez never scored less than 16 points in Goliad's three games, posting 17, 16 and 19 points in each game along with four 3-pointers. Morris, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored 42 points in the three games.
"I just came out here and tried to do my best," Perez said. "I relied on my teammates to help us get the win."
St. Joseph, the tournament host, kept the score close in the first half, trailing by just five points at halftime. However, Goliad came out of the break on fire, outscoring the Lady Flyers 7-1 in the first two minutes thanks to a three-pointer from Perez and field goals from Morris and Zamzow.
After Kensey Marshall cut the Tigerettes' lead to nine points, Goliad went on another run, this time outscoring St. Joseph 11-4 to end the third quarter with a 48-32 lead.
The Lady Flyers never led Goliad after Perez scored the first points on a simple layup just eight seconds into the game and then again 13 seconds later when she stole the ball and made another layup. Madison Foeh was able to keep St. Joseph from falling too far behind with nine of her team-high 17 points.
"Our overall effort, desire and playing better defensively were the catalyst for us," Reyes said. "We hadn't been playing too well. We gave up too many points in the first four district games and weren't scoring. Especially in the championship game, we were able to put up a lot of points and played great defensively."
Goliad, specifically Perez and Morris, stole the ball from St. Joseph consistently throughout the game. Myers attributed that to the Lady Flyers lack of intensity less than 24 hours after defeating Ganado in overtime, 56-51.
In the second quarter, Goliad had taken a 23-16 lead less than two minutes into the quarter after Morris made another steal and lay up. The Tigerettes eventually built an eight-point lead thanks to a pair of trips to the charity stripe that resulted in no points. The Lady Flyers were also without Marshall for the final portion of the first half after she left the court bleeding from a hard foul.
"The girls played really well and we were able to get her back on the floor," Myers said. "The girls do look to her (Marshall) to be the leader, so it was tough but they did great."
However, Kalyn Hempel made a basket with 58 seconds until halftime and Marshall made an impressive reverse lay up along the baseline, along with the ensuing free throw to cut Goliad's lead to 28-25. But Perez would give her team a five-point lead when she made a jump shot with 10 seconds left in the half.
Marshall finished the night with 11 points and one three-pointer and was named to the all-tournament team along with Morris and Perez. They were joined by Jaccarri Hights (Yoakum), Jordan Edison (Calhoun) and Savannah Martinez (Nixon-Smiley).
CALHOUN 39, FAITH 30
Calhoun dominated the first eight minutes of its game against Faith Academy, outscoring the Lady Cougars 21-7. The Sandies would hold on for a 39-30 victory in the consolation game of the Lady Flyer Holiday Classic.
The second half wasn't as easy for Calhoun, as their offense was slowed down to just 10 points in the final two quarters. Faith tried to take advantage of the strong defensive performance with 11 points in the fourth quarter, but the hole was too deep to climb out of.
Sarah Alex led all scorers with 12 points.
YOAKUM 64, GANADO 50
Yoakum exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter of play as th Lady Bulldogs sealed a 64-50 victory over Ganado.
Yoakum built a seven-point lead at halftime after holding Ganado to nine points in the second quarter. However, the Lady Bulldogs were shut down themselves to start the second half, scoring just eight points as Ganado made it a one-point game at the end of the third quarter.
Jaccarri Hights led all scorers with 23 points for Yoakum. Ganado's Ashley Bridges finished the night with 21 points and five three-pointers.
NIXON-SMILEY 37, MOULTON 23
Nixon-Smiley held Moulton to just nine points in the first half and left with a 37-23 victory.
Nixon Smiley matched Moulton's first half point total in each of the first two quarters and added 19 more points in the second half.
Alena Alvarez led Nixon Smiley in scoring with 13 points and Malori Mitchon and Michelle Holub each had eight for Moulton.
FLATONIA 48, ST. JOSEPH JV 22
Flatonia ended the firs eight minutes of action with a 14-4 lead and never looked back as they defeated the St. Joseph JV squad 48-22 Saturday.
Abigail Schacherl turned in the biggest performance of the game with 14 points.
Flatonia never scored less than 12 points in a quarter and the Lady Flyers never broke the double-digit mark in the 26-point loss.
CUERO 58, JOHN PAUL II 29
Cuero had nine players add to the team's 58-point total as they defeated John Paul II with ease Saturday morning.
Chelsea Veit led the way for the Lady Gobblers with 16 points.
The defense for Cuero held John Paul to seven first quarter points to build a 30-15 hafltime lead.
John Paul broke the 10-point mark only once in the fourth quarter.