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La Vernia hosts basketball tourney

 
La Vernia hosts basketball tourney
Tanner Sims (12) looks on as Colby Sims (25) shoots a free throw for La Vernia. Colby led the Bears with 23 points during the team’s tournament championship victory over Marion last Saturday.

LA VERNIA -- It was a large undertaking that required the help of numerous people, but the La Vernia Invitational Basketball Tournament held Dec. 27-28 proved to be a great success, and both the Bears and Lady Bears found a great deal of success along the way.

On the girls side of things, the Lady Bears won three out of four games and picked up some valuable playing time ahead of their district schedule -- slated to begin this Friday, Jan. 3, against Sam Houston.

La Vernia started things off bright and early at 8 a.m. on the 27th with a game against Lytle. The Lady Bears were pumped up for sure, and roared out to a 21-8 lead after the first period of play. Things settled down in the second, and Lytle outscored La Vernia 9-6, but still trailed the Lady Bears 27-17 at the break. Lytle cut the lead to just 3 points following a strong third-period effort, but the Lady Bears turned things on in the fourth to secure a 44-38 victory.

The Lady Bears were back on the floor in the afternoon, and took on Bloomington at 2 p.m. It was a good game with lots of scoring, as both teams came out shooting.

At the end of the first period La Vernia held a 16-12 advantage, and the Lady Bears were on top 22-16 at the half. La Vernia scored 16 points in each of the third and fourth periods, while holding Bloomington to 25 second-half points. When the final buzzer sounded, it was La Vernia with a 54-41 victory.

La Vernia finished out pool play on Saturday morning with an 8 a.m. game against Hondo. Unfortunately for La Vernia, the Owls were too much for the Lady Bears, and handed La Vernia a 74-66 loss. The Lady Bears outscored Hondo by 9 points in the second half, but couldn’t make up 17-point first-half deficit.

During their final game of the tournament, La Vernia took on Eagle Pass Winn. Unfortunately for Eagle Pass, the Lady Bears let loose and jumped out to a 20-2 lead after the first stanza, and a 27-2 lead at the break. By the final score of 60-7, the Lady Bears picked up their third win of the weekend.

While the girls were busy in one gym, the boys were also taking care of business in the other. La Vernia ripped off victories over Hondo, Taft, Karnes City, and Marion to win the tournament.

First on the board for the Bears were the Hondo Owls, the one school to beat the Lady Bears on the weekend. The Bears didn’t have any trouble with the Owls, though, and remained in control throughout the contest.

La Vernia jumped out to a 14-10 lead after the first period of play, and made it a 26-17 game at the break. The Bears stayed ahead of things in the third to lead 36-26 with just eight minutes remaining in the game. Hondo got rolling and outscored La Vernia by 2 points in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to climb out of the hole, and the Bears wrapped up the win, 52-44.

Taft was next on the list for the Bears, and the Greyhounds kept things close. A great third-quarter effort pulled Taft to within a point, but La Vernia outscored their opponents by 10 in the final period and sealed a 43-32 victory.

Next up was Karnes City, but the Badgers barely put up a fight. La Vernia blew past the team en route to a 68-20 win. The Bears held a 22-2 lead after the first period, and a 44-4 lead at the break.

La Vernia took on Marion in their final game of the tournament. The Bulldogs put up a good fight in the first half, and the teams were deadlocked at 32-all by halftime. The Bears had a great third period of play, though, outscoring Marion 18-5 to take the lead. La Vernia maintained the advantage through the fourth period, and eventually secured a 63-47 victory, and the tournament championship. Austin Pickens and Colby Sims were both named to the all-tournament team.

The Bears were set to play Cole on New Year’s Eve, and will wrap up their non-district schedule with Cuero on Friday and Devine next Tuesday. The Bears will open District 28-3A play Friday, Dec. 10 in Pleasanton.

Lady Bears
La Vernia def. Lytle, 44-38.
Lady Bears: Points: Autumn Light-21, Brooke Martinez-7, Kelsee Penshorn-6, Madison Towns-5, Jordan Luensmann-3, Mackenzie Ford-2.

La Vernia def. Bloomington, 54-41.
Lady Bears: Points: Mackenzie Ford-11, Kelsee Penshorn-9, Autumn Light-9, Jordan Luensmann-9, Madison Towns-8, Brooke Martinez-6, Reagan Roswell-2.

Hondo def. La Vernia, 74-66.
Lady Bears: Points: Autumn Light-16, Jordan Luensmann-15, Mackenzie Ford-13, Brooke Martinez-11, Madison Towns-8, Kelsee Penshorn-3.
La Vernia def. Eagle Pass Winn, 60-7.

Lady Bears: Points: Madison Towns-11, Brooke Martinez-10, Autumn Light-10, Mackenzie Ford-8, Kelsee Penshorn-7, Reagan Roswell-6, Jordan Luensmann-4, Lexi Sollars-2, Courtney Shussler-2.
Bears

La Vernia def. Hondo, 52-44.
Bears: Points: Austin Pickens-21, Colby Sims-18, Dalton Rockowitz-6, Nick Simpson-4, Tanner Sims-2, Zach Balcar-1.

La Vernia def. Taft, 43-32.
Bears: Points: Austin Pickens-18, Colby Sims-13, Zach Balcar-4, Tanner Sims-3, Nick Simpson-2, Dalton Rockowitz-2, Justus Parker-1.

La Vernia def. Karnes City, 68-20.
Bears: Points: Colby Sims-14, Austin Pickens-11, Justus Parker-9, Joseph Robles-9, Tanner Sims-6, Dalton Rockowitz-6, Jonathan Garcia-6, Zach Balcar-3, Nick Simpson-2, Carlos Salinas-2.

La Vernia def. Marion, 63-47.
Bears: Points: Colby Sims-23, Austin Pickens-17, Tanner Sims-15, Justus Parker-2, Nick Simpson-2, Dalton Rockowitz-2, Jonathan Garcia-2.

 
 
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