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JV Girls Basketball Overcome Early Struggles Beating Pflugerville 40-30

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  • Taking the wide open layup Abby thailing ’26 jumps up with no defenders in front of her. The Lady Warriors have worked on upcourt passes and good offensive looks this season.

  • With the flick of her first Hadyn Espinoza ’26 shoots 1 of 2 free throws. “I always love getting the opportunity for free throws.” Espinoza said. Free throws are a great chance for the team to put 2 easy points on the board.

    Isabell Horonzy
  • Leaping up high Lola Proano-Montana ’26 beats her defender down court for open layup opportunity. The rest of her team and the opposing team watches closely to see if it will go in.

  • Looking to make a play Paige Price’ 27 dribbles the ball up the court keeping her eyes to watch for any open players by the basket. The Warriors focus on making smart plays and sharing the ball.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 28, JV women’s Basketball took on Pflugerville High School in a heated match up. The Warriors had a close game but ultimately came out with the win. The final score was 40-30.

The game got out to a fast start with Lola Proano-Montana ’26 winning the toss up giving the Warriors the ball. However, Pflugerville didn’t falter hitting the first basket of the game, on the same note the Warriors didn’t back down, refusing to be discouraged. Proano-Montana answered right back, putting the first points on the board for Westwood, making one of her free throws from the line. Remaining tight, the first quarter saw the Warriors down by more than 5 for most of the quarter. At the end of the quarter Holly Vessa ’26 made 2 layups and Proano-Montana made another, closing the gap from 7 points to 1 point, ending the quarter 10-9.

“When I make a basket and my teammates support me it boosts my confidence,” Proano- Montana said. “Honestly it just boosts our confidence overall to have confidence to go up to the basket and keep going up and keep going even if we’re down or if we’re up it helps us stay ahead.”

Tying the game to start the quarter, Vessa made one of her 2 free throws leveling the game. Throughout the game Proano-Montana and Vessa worked in unison multiple times, both scoring and leading the charge for the Warriors. Exemplifying this, with 6:54 left in the period, Vessa passed the ball into Proano-Montana in the middle of the court, making a layup. Once again working together, with 6:00 left in the period Vessa and Proano-Montana combined for a shot. Vessa attempted a shot but was just a little off; however Proano-Montana was there for the rebound, putting the shot back up, resulting in another 2 point play. Not only did the Lady Warriors steadily improve on offense but they excelled at defense as well. Haydn Espinoza ’26 had multiple blocks and defensive rebounds not only through the quarter but the entire game. Working hard, the Warriors came up with the lead to end the half 25-18.

“I think as a team we played really well,” Espinoza said. “I think we talked a lot more than usual and we were able to get the ball down the court well.”

The Warriors came out of the locker room fired up for the second half. The team found their striding meshing well together, and pulling through with assists and efficient passes into the middle. Coupled with their teamwork, the Warriors also made all their free throws in the third quarter as well, allowing them to keep their lead heading into the fourth 34-25. The fourth period was a change of pace for both teams as it was very fast paced with multiple hectic defensive plays. With 6:02 left in the game Proano-Montana stole the ball from the opponents and with 3:53 left she intercepted the ball, showing her defensive prowess. Ella Steinheider ’26 was all over the offensive rebounds, leading the charge in that statline, as well as making multiple put-back shots off of rebounds. Even though Pflugerville played aggressive and was not afraid to make a push, the Lady Warriors fought hard until the buzzer and came out with the win 40-30.

“[Good offensive plays] are a lot of being in the right position on those fast breaks,” Steinheider said. “And we work on thinking fast and being on your toes and always being in the right place and working hard.”

The Lady Warriors will return to their home court Tuesday, Dec. 5 to play Manor High School.

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Isabelle Horonzy, Reporter
Class of 2026 Hello! I’m Isabelle, i’m on varsity women’s lacrosse and have been playing for most of my life! I love watching movies and different TV shows in my free time. I also have 2 little brothers!

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