The Lady Bear basketball team finished up the scrimmage season Nov. 5 in Marion.
All games were two 15-minute halves with running clock. The first varsity match was against Marion, ranked No. 12 in Division 3A. The Lady Bears used pressure defense to force 32 turnovers and hold Marion to 6-percent shooting. The final score was La Vernia 32, Marion 4.
Scoring for the Lady Bears, Afton Jackson got 6 points, Jordan Luensmann 5, Tiffany Simpson 5, Peyton Ford 4, Ciara Jenschke 4, Heaven Muenster 4, Courtney Swize 2, and Maddy Schroller 2. Luensmann led in steals with six, and Jackson added five.
The second match was against Somerset and provided a 30-18 win. The game was sloppy and very physical. Jenschke led in scoring with 8 points, Muenster 7, Luensmann 6, Kendyl Jaskinia 4, Simpson 3, and Schroller 2. Schroller also had four steals, and Muenster had nine rebounds.
The final game was against San Antonio Christian, a TAPPS 5A Top 10 team. It was a hard-fought scrimmage, with SA Christian taking it 26-23. Scoring for the Lady Bears were Muenster with 8 points, Jenschke 5, Luensmann 4, Simpson 2, Jackson 2, Schroller 2, and Mady Renshaw 2.
“The scrimmages were good for us to see what we need to improve on prior to the season,” said new La Vernia girls Head Coach David Sivadon. “We saw three ranked teams from different classes. Our defense is the highlight so far, and if we can keep from fouling, teams are going to have a hard time scoring on us. Forcing 111 turnovers in four short scrimmages is a pretty good stat.
“One of our team goals is to lead the state in steals this year,” he continued. “I am looking forward to games starting soon. I also love how they play as a team. Our scoring is very balanced, with a new leading scorer almost each scrimmage, and each team member celebrates, even if they were not the one scoring. The potential is there for a fantastic season.”
The junior varsity girls split on Saturday, beating Marion and losing to San Antonio Christian. The freshman girls played Somerset’s junior varsity team, and competed well versus the upperclassmen. The Lady Bears teams opened the season for a “white out” Nov. 8 versus Lytle.
La Vernia hosts Medina Valley Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. for Military Appreciation Night.