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Lady Bears begin district with win

Lady Bears begin district with win
Brooke Martinez (22) and Madison Towns (2) look on as Kelsee Penshorn brings down a rebound. Penshorn has more than 80 rebounds this season.

LA VERNIA It was another good week for the state-ranked Lady Bears, as La Vernia closed out 2013 and went roaring into 2014. The Lady Bears played a good game in a narrow loss to Class 5A New Braunfels Canyon, and then knocked off Sam Houston to start district play.

On Dec. 30, the Lady Bears traveled to New Braunfels to face the Canyon Lady Cougars. La Vernia was not intimidated by the 5A squad, though, and hung with Canyon throughout the game.

The Lady Cougars were good for 10 points during the first period, but La Vernia nearly matched them with 9 points. Canyon put a bit more space between the two after the second stanza, though, as the Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Bears by 5 points and held a 23-17 lead at the break.

The Lady Bears made some halftime adjustments and managed to outscore the Lady Cougars in both second-half periods. La Vernia scored 10 points in the third and lit up the board with 21 points in the fourth, but Canyon posted 19 points of its own to maintain a 3-point lead at the buzzer. By the score of 51-48, the Lady Cougars earned the win over La Vernia.

Mackenzie Ford led the Lady Bears with 25 points, followed by Autumn Light with 13 points and Brooke Martinez with another 6. Madison Towns was great on the board with 8 total rebounds.

As 2014 rolled around, the La Vernia Lady Bears were back on the court to open district play against the Lady Canes of Sam Houston. La Vernia had to play some catch-up late in the game, but turned in a brilliant fourth period of play and secured a big district win.

Sam Houston jumped out to the early lead with the Lady Canes leading 13-9 after the first eight minutes of action. Sam Houston continued to outpace La Vernia in the second stanza as well, and held a 23-16 advantage at the half.

La Vernia’s defense was much improved in the third period, and the Lady Bears held Sam Houston to just 3 points. La Vernia tacked on another 6 points of its own, and made it a 26-22 game at the end of the third.

La Vernia’s offense exploded in the fourth period, however, scoring a total of 20 points. The Lady Bears held Sam Houston to just 10 points in the final period, and La Vernia celebrated a 42-36 victory at the buzzer.

Martinez was the Lady Bears’ leading scorer in the game with 14 points, followed by Light with 9 points. Towns pulled down 10 rebounds, while Martinez and Kelsee Penshorn each accounted for another six.

The Lady Bears were scheduled to be in Somerset Jan. 7, and will play on the road again this Friday, Jan. 10 in Pleasanton.

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