Meyers, Brownsville Veterans roll past Cigarroa in bi-district tilt

Meyers, Brownsville Veterans roll past Cigarroa in bi-district tilt
Meyers, Brownsville Veterans roll past Cigarroa in bi-district tilt
nRIO GRANDE CITY — Cigarroa dug itself in a hole late in the second quarter and could not overcome a slow offensive start in the second half to fall to Brownsville Veterans 46-25 in its Class 5A Bi-District championship game. The Lady Chargers move on to play in the area championship while Cigarroa sees its season come to an end prematurely for the first time under head coach Mary Tobias-Encinas.

Meanwhile, LISD’s other playoff team in Nixon (32-6, 16-0) had no problem in its bi-district matchup disposing of Brownsville Pace, 60-24. The Mustangs move on to the second round in the area championship where they meet Corpus Christi Ray. Jennifer Pena opened her final playoff stretch as a senior with a 20-point performance against Pace while junior Ashley Pena added 14.

The past two years, Cigarroa has made it all the way to the regional-quarterfinal round. Under her leadership, Cigarroa won back-to-back district titles and made the playoffs this year after starting the district season 0-5 as many wrote the Lady Toros off.

Tobias-Encinas, along with her coaching staff that includes Gabby Martinez, Albert Gonzalez and Belen Villarreal, helped the Lady Toros finish 8-3 in the final 11 games to get into the playoffs. It was not until the last game of the season that they clinched the fourth in final spot in District 31-5A after Martin fell to rival Nixon.

“I have always believed in them from the very beginning, but I don’t think that they have gotten to the point that they see the potential,” Tobias-Encinas said. “We were very inexperienced and we graduated a lot of kids last year. They were still trying to figure themselves out and work on that team chemistry all season long. I think we finally started to see that in the second round. At the end, inexperience killed us. We did not come in and execute.”

Ciagrroa kept pace with the Lady Chargers in the opening quarter as sophomore Victoria Villanueva scored five of the team’s six points. After Brownsville Veterans opened on a 5-0 run, Villanueva hit a triple from the corner to get the Lady Toros on the scoreboard. She finished with eight points — all coming in the first half — as the Lady Chargers took a 10-6 lead

Villanueva opened the second quarter with a long 3 but Brownsville Veterans’ Lizzy Garza made an uncontested layup. Cigarroa’s Angelina Mosqueda connected on a long trey to give the Lady Toros their first and only lead of the game at 12-11 with 4:56 left in the second frame.

That proved to be the last time Cigarroa was in front as Brownsville’s Hannah Meyers broke loose and scored on four consecutive baskets to open the lead up for the Lady Chargers, scoring 11 of her game-high 16 points. By the time all the dust settled, Brownsville Veterans built a 10-point lead heading into halftime as Cigarroa was outscored 12-3 down the stretch.

In the second half, Cigarroa’s offense became stagnant, scoring 13 total points while Brownsville Veterans continued to hum along the way as the Lady Chargers cruised to the 46-25 victory.

Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School’s Hannah Meyers (5) takes a shot over the Laredo Cigarroa defense during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in Rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School’s Alexandra Parchmont looks for an open teammate during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game against Laredo Cigarroa on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in Rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School’s Hannah Meyers and Laredo Cigarroa’s Lori De Leon (20) vie for a rebound during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in Rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville Veterans Memorial’s Alexandra Parchmont (1) is tripped up by Laredo defender Frances Guzman (44) during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in Rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School’s Hannah Meyers dribbles down-court guarded by Laredo Cigarroa’s Evelyn Guel (1) during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in Rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School’s Lizzie Garza (24) struggles to manage a rebound while pressured by Laredo Cigarroa defender Victoria Villanueva (21) during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in Rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School’s Lizzie Garza (24) shoots from the arc during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School’s Hannah Meyers (5) eyes the basket as she jumps for a layup during a Class 5A bi-district playoff game against Laredo Cigarroa High on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in Rio Grande City, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

Meyers, Brownsville Veterans roll past Cigarroa in bi-district tilt Staff Writer Brownsville Herald

RIO GRANDE CITY — Brownsville Veterans Memorial senior Hannah Meyers wasn’t about to let her high school career finish against Cigarroa (Laredo).

Meyers scored a game-high 16 points — all in the first half — and set the tone for the Lady Chargers in a 46-25 victory over the Lady Toros in a Class 5A bi-district girls basketball game Tuesday at Ringgold Middle School.

“I knew we had to come out hard, it was all or nothing,” Meyers said. “I knew I had to come out and work hard on defense and offense … we had to play as a team. I asked everyone last night if they were ready to come out and play … everyone said we’re coming out to win.”

The senior forward added eight rebounds and three steals and was the spark for Brownsville Veterans (28-13), who used a couple runs in the first half to go in front for good. Cigarroa (17-20) struggled on the offensive end and couldn’t get much going to match the offensive output of the Lady Chargers, which advances to the area round for the fifth straight season.

“I told Hannah to be relentless, it starts with you,” Brownsville Veterans coach Valentin Paz said. “Be relentless on the offense end and defense, set the tone.

Posted in H.S. Basketball, H.S. Sports, Local on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:17 pm.

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