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Navarro’s Lady Panthers outshoot Lady Bears

Navarro’s Lady Panthers outshoot Lady Bears
ERIC MORENO The Lady Bears put up a gritty performance Jan. 2 against Navarro’s Lady Panthers in La Vernia.

It was a tough day all around for the home team La Vernia Lady Bears. Despite a gritty performance, they suffered a defeat Jan. 2 at the hands of the visiting Navarro High School 58-49. Head Coach Mandie West’s squad was game, but ultimately they did not have enough proverbial “firepower” to match the offensive output of the visiting Lady Panthers.

“We really played hard,” West said. “Navarro is always a really good team, very competitive. They have some height that we don’t, so we had to get in there and do as best we can. We did a lot better job rebounding than we had been, so I’ll take those boards whenever we can get them. That was probably the most positive thing we did today.”

Junior Jordan Luensmann led the way with a team-high 9 overall rebounds for the Lady Bears. This went along with her 11 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals. La Vernia was led in overall points by senior Autumn Light’s 16 points, which included 9 points off of free throws. Sophomore Lily Janek also chipped in double digits in scoring with 14 points.

“We just have to get some shots to fall for us,” West said. “We had wide-open looks out there today, but we missed close to 40 shots.”

Junior Peyton Ford also had a productive game, accounting for 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals for the home team. However, it all came down to the shots that didn’t fall for West and the Lady Bears.

“To make it a 9-point game missing all those shots, I’ll take that,” West said. “That’s something we can build on and fix for next game.”

La Vernia fell to 8-15 with the loss. They were on the road against Cuero Jan. 5, and will face Wimberley at home Friday, Jan. 8.

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