The La Vernia Lady Bear basketball team won its Jan. 17 district game against the Austin Eastside Memorial Lady Panthers, 90-41, although the game was almost not played at all.
The Eastside Memorial team fell on hard times after the “no pass, no play” rule came into effect, according to their head coach. Combined with several illnesses, the team had been thinned down to only six players for this game.
“It is what it is, so we just regroup and move on,” the Lady Panthers’ coach said before the game.
The tipoff was a “tip-off” of things to come, as the Eastside Memorial center did not even jump for the ball. La Vernia center Heaven Muenster tipped the ball toward Jordan Luensmann and away she went for the basket. A foul led to 2 free-throw points to start the evening. A full-court press by the Lady Bears forced an errant pass off the Lady Panthers’ first inbounded ball for another 2 points. The rout was on, and the score was 24-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, with six minutes left in the half, Eastside Memorial was able to put its first 2 points on the board off of two free throws. They played with much heart, but at halftime it was Lady Bears 49, Lady Panthers 12.
The third quarter opened with Eastside Memorial getting the first 4 points, but the Lady Bears’ leaders were scoring almost at will, eventually winning the game, 90-41.
High scorers for the Lady Bears were Heaven Muenster with 16 points, and Ciara Jenschke with 13.
Unbeaten La Vernia played against unbeaten Navarro Jan. 20, winning the game, 54-49, bringing the team’s overall record to 19-12 and their district record to 4-0. They take on the Lady Texans Jan. 27 in Wimberley.