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Javelina women fall to SEU in Austin AUSTIN, Texas – In the final game of 2012 calendar, the Texas A&MKingsville women’s basketball team had three players score in double figures, but it still wasn’t enough as they fell to St. Edward’s 72-63 in Austin. “We played better tonight than we have over the past few games,” Javelina head coach Michael Trujillo said. “But we still had those lapses where we make a few mental mistakes and they were able to hit a few key shots and get separation.” In the first half, the Javelinas (3-6, 1-2) took a 22-9 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game forcing the Hilltoppers (8-3, 2-0) to take a timeout. St. Edward’s came back firing on a 23-5 run in the last eight minutes of the half, taking a 32-27 lead at intermission. St. Edward’s sophomore guard Maddie Wheeler hit two three-pointers and a layup while senior guard Dawn Kiel scored 11 points of the 23 the Hilltoppers made in those final minutes. Kiel finished with 22 points while Wheeler finished with 14. The Javelinas played point-for-point with the Hilltoppers in the second half, making up the deficit, even taking the lead 34-32 with 18:54 left in the game. However, St. Edward’s took control of the half and the Javelinas couldn’t catch up. St. Edward’s swiped 13 steals from the Javelinas, which made it difficult to try and surpass the deficit. Kingsville won the rebounding war 42-33 over the Hilltoppers. “We competed hard and battled back but weren’t able to get over the hump,” Trujillo said. “We showed improvement in a couple areas that we’ve been focusing on so that was good to see.” “This is a much-needed break coming up for us to get people healthy and refocused. We’re looking forward to conference play starting up when we get back,” he said. Texas A&M-Kingsville heads to Stephenville after the New Year to face Lone Star Conference opponent Tarleton State Jan. 2, 2013 at 6 p.m.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Girls

King's 'best move yet' Move to Alice gets junior's studies back on track

Stephen Garcia

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Junior forward Briana King is a new addition to the Alice Lady Coyote basketball team this year. In her first season with the team, she currently averages 8.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game – not bad for a girl playing high school basketball for the first time. King's only previous year of basketball came in seventh grade, as she chose not to play going forward. “I didn't like my school's athletic program,” she said. “It wasn't too well.” After being born in Kingsville, King moved multiple times between living with her mother in Austin and living with her sister in Houston. The uncertainty of moving affected King growing up. “It's not really hard, it was just, I guess, being moved,” she said. “It's not like I wasn't going to see them anymore, I was just moving back-andforth. I don't know what was going on. It was kind of uncomfortable.” While in eighth grade, King's performance in school began to decline following her decision not to pursue basketball. “I've always been a good student in school,” she said. “I don't know, I just kind of stopped playing basketball and everything just fell – my grades, my attendance, and all of that...I had good friends, good people around me. It was just me – I couldn't focus.” The school she was

attending did not make her situation any easier, King said. “It was the school as well,” she said. “It wasn't a good school...The students, the staff – everything was just off. It wasn't like how it is here – it was unorganized down there. Everything was off. They didn't really care about students as much. Nothing was right.” King then moved to Alice about one month before this school year started. While some making the transition from a big city like Austin to our little town of Alice would be unhappy, the opposite could not be more true for her. “I love it,” King said. “It's not too much, it's not too hard, not too many people. It's not like a city. It's just too much going on in a city.” After arriving in Alice, she decided to return to the basketball court. The move and her choice to once again play basketball have helped get her studies back on track. “It was the best move yet,” King said. “I had to get out of the city. I don't know what was going on. If I was still down there, I probably wouldn't be playing basketball. I would've just been doing nothing probably.” After high school, King plans to follow her passion for music before heading off to attempt to play college basketball. Like many of her family members, she has always enjoyed music. “We just make music,” King said of her family. “I put beats together, but I don't play instruments

too well. It's not my thing...My best friend's getting pretty worldwide with his music, so I plan on going touring before I go to college.” Her favorite college – Louisiana State University – would be her dream choice for post-high school basketball. The location in Baton Rouge,

in their final season. Even though she is in her first year with the team, King has formed a strong bond with her teammates and is proud to be a part of Alice's team. “It's indescribable,” she said. “I love it... I wouldn't want to be on any other team right about now.”

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Girls

Lady Coyotes take first two games of tournament Tournament continues Friday

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Jessica Gonzalez (22) goes for a layup in Thursday's opening game against Robstown. Stephen Garcia

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The Alice Lady Coyotes kept their winning streak alive Thursday, winning their first two games at the West Oso holiday basketball tournament. The two victories push Alice's winning streak to four games. In the kickoff game of the tournament, Alice took on the Robstown Lady Pickers. The Lady Coyotes started the game strong and did not let up, winning 62-23. Alice opened the game on a 25-3 run to give them the big lead early. The defense once again clamped down in the first quarter, giving up three points just five days after shutting out Miller in the opening quarter. “Robstown wasn't very strong, so it's hard to tell where we really are at this point,” Alice coach Tracy Zamora said. The Lady Coyotes shook off a bit of rust from their five-day break before taking over the game. “We worked out the 'holidays,' so next game's going to be a little tougher,” Zamora said. “Next level, we'll have to pick it up a notch. That's the purpose of the tournament – every time you win, you got to play a little bit harder.” That next level turned out to be a school from just over 10 miles away – the San Diego Lady

Vaqueros. San Diego advanced to face the Lady Coyotes after beating the West Oso Junior Varsity team 47-25. The two teams both got out to slow starts offensively, missing some shots under the basket. It was a two-point contest throughout the first quarter until the final minute of the period. Alice took a 10-4 lead after the first eight minutes and began the second quarter with an 8-2 run. The Lady Coyotes enjoyed a 27-16 lead at halftime. Again in the third quarter, both teams came out sluggishly. The Lady Coyotes managed to win the low-scoring quarter 7-6 to take a 12-point advantage into the final

period. San Diego continued to fight, cutting the deficit to as little as seven with just under three minutes to go. Alice answered every time the Lady Vaqueros got close, and the game ended with an 11-point Lady Coyote victory. “They're a good basketball team,” Zamora said of San Diego. “I don't ever take San Diego lightly. I have a lot of respect for those kids. We struggled – we played up-anddown. We're still fighting the 'holiday blues' a little bit.” Alice's next game is Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of Beeville and either Central or Flour Bluff.


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