The La Vernia Lady Bears played their second game of the season against the Floresville Jaguars Dec. 13, winning over the home team, 40-31. The teams last played Dec. 1 during the Navarro tournament, where La Vernia won the game, 55-40, finishing as tournament runners-up.
“Floresville is well coached, and I knew they would make adjustments from our last game against them,” said first-year Head Coach David Sivadon.
The game was preceded by a particularly lively rendition of the national anthem. When the singer’s microphone cut off during the first verse, fans on both sides of the gym picked up the tune with gusto.
The Lady Bears drew first blood, with Jordan Luensmann, Heaven Muenster, and Ciara Jenschke putting the first 5 points of the game onto the scoreboard. Another layup by Tiffany Simpson, followed by 2 free-throw points from Muenster, ended the first quarter at 9-6 for La Vernia.
The Jaguars pulled ahead briefly at the start of the second quarter to 10-9, but two more free throws by Muenster put the Lady Bears up again, with a steal by Lily Janek -- sent to Peyton Ford for a layup -- widening the gap. A full-court press by La Vernia’s defense proved to be too much for Floresville to handle. A layup from Luensmann was followed by a trey from Simpson to end the half in favor of La Vernia, 18-12.
The Jaguars burst onto the scene in the second half, racking up 10 points in a row, before Ford converted another steal into 2 points to break their momentum. Muenster sank both of her free throws for the third time to tie the score, going 6-6 for the night. Another layup by Luensmann wasn’t enough to keep Floresville at bay, however, and the third quarter ended with the Jags up, 26-24.
Jenschke led the defense in steals and blocks to start the fourth quarter, and soon sank a trey from the corner for the offense. A Floresville free-throw point evened the score for the last time at 27-27, as the Lady Bears caught fire, with points by Muenster, Janek, Luensmann, and Ford overwhelming the Jaguars. Jenschke ended the half for her team on the same note she started it, breaking away for one last layup to bring the final score to 40-31, La Vernia.
“Our girls responded well to [Floresville’s] adjustments and kept fighting, despite the slow shooting start,” Sivadon said. “Our defense has been our strength all year, and last night was no exception, as we were able to hold them until our shots started to fall.”
La Vernia traveled to Bandera Dec. 16, winning against the Lady Bulldogs, 66-55. They hit the road again Dec. 19 to take on Canyon Lake, falling to the Lady Longhorns, 64-52, to put their overall record at 14-10. The Lady Bears’ next game is Dec. 29 against Pasadena Memorial.