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Mar, 2020

Frisco Liberty Stifles VMHS For 5A Title

(By: Antonio G. Castillo)

San Antonio, TX-

The 5A Championship stage appeared to bring some jitters and tightness to both Veterans Memorial and Frisco Liberty on Saturday afternoon. Nearly five minutes into the contest, both teams were low scoring, as the Redhawks held a 6-5 lead.

That’s when senior star Sahara Jones would connect on back to back treys, giving VMHS the 11-6 lead to close the period, and it appeared that the Patriots were ready to break loose come the second quarter.

It was the opposite for Veterans Memorial. Credit to Frisco Liberty as their defense, along with a slower pace, just threw Veterans Memorial out of sync. They would hold  the Lady Patriots to only 2 points in the second quarter, and only gave up 15 points the rest of the game.

Brenna Perez would connect on a jumper to give VMHS a 13-8 lead at the midway point of the second period, but they would not score again, and the Lady Redhawks would muster just enough offense to take the halftime lead, 15-13.

Veterans Memorial Head Coach Tina Camacho talked about the difference in pace and how that impacted the overall game.

“We were taking shots. We only took I think ten shots in the first half which they slowed us down. Liberty slowed us down, trying to wear us down and everything. When we did get shots off, we went on a little bit of a run and then we would get cold. We just didn’t get it in.”

The start of the second half did bring some renewed optimism as Perez would drop in a layup and Vivian Castro would drain her only bucket of the game, giving VMHS the 18-15 lead with just over 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

From that point on, Frisco Liberty would outscore the Patriots, 20-8, coupled with cold shooting, and an offense that continued to be stymied, time would run out on Veterans Memorial, as they fell 35-26.

VMHS finishes as the 5A State runner-up, for the second time in three years. The senior stalwarts of Sahara Jones, Brenna Perez, and Vivian Castro built a strong foundation for the fledgling program. Coach Camacho praised them for an incredible season and four years.

“Absolutely! That’s really this whole year that we established. I want them to bond with our incoming freshman. These girls laid the foundation for what Veterans Memorial is doing and will continue to do. I hope that they come back and have our ex-athletes talk to the athletes once they’ve gone off and played. I’m sure all three of these will go off and play college ball. I want them to share that experience with them.”

Although the Lady Patriots lose an incredible amount of talent, the cupboard is not bare by any means. Juniors Reinha Williams, Marley Rokas, and Daelah Edwards return, along with other up and coming talent for Coach Camacho. Look for VMHS to be in the thick of things once again when the 2020-2021 season arrives.

Veterans memorial finishes as the 2020 Class 5A State Runner-up, and with an overall record of 32-8.