Sealy takes rivalry matchup

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Leading into a long weekend off for Thanksgiving, the Sealy Lady Tigers notched a win over rival Bellville to propel them into the home stretch of the 2019 portion of their schedule.

This week featured a home game against Sweeny before a weekend tournament where head coach Anthony Branch hopes to see continued improvement.

“We’ll play Thursday, Friday, Saturday in a very tough tournament in Navasota so it’s going to be tough to get some wins there but we want to grow and get better,” he said.

One piece of that puzzle will be getting some injured players back into the lineup to hopefully find a spark before the district-opening contest against Needville Dec. 20.

“Feel good of where we’re at, I was able to play Montana Hicks a little bit, she had been out for a couple of weeks so she was rusty, we’ll get Kayla Camacho back this week that’ll be good,” the coach added. “Then hopefully in about two weeks we’ll get Zoee Jeffrey back but the great thing about them being injured has been that the other kids have gotten looks and been developing and getting better so I thought that was key.”

Despite those key contributors still on the shelf, a few Lady Tigers have stepped up and helped pick up a win over a strong Bellville team at the junior high school last week.

“We just needed to play good defense and execute and run our stuff and get some looks, and we did that,” Branch said. “We did not take advantage at the free-throw line, we had some missed shots and then we had some miscommunication but only one or two in the second half where they (Bellville) got up on us 25-20 but after that we were OK, thought we did better in the second half.”

Although the Brahmanettes held a 33-32 lead after three quarters of play, Sealy hung tough in the fourth quarter and earned a win by a final score of 42-40 in a game that carried more importance than what might meet the eye during a regular non-district battle.

“I told Coach Susan Brewer this and I tell Coach Sharon Carter, I always think even if we’re not in the same district it’s up to us coaches to make sure we play our rival,” Branch said. “I don’t care if they’re

No. 1 or 2 in the state and we’re struggling, we’re going to play them. That’s what we’re supposed to do and so I was glad Coach Shane Walker stayed true and played this game, his kids played their tails off, they played very physical they’re going to be a good team and a tough one to beat in the future so I was glad we were able to play this game and be able to come away with the victory. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t given – we earned it.”

And with that, the Sealy girls’ basketball team enjoyed its Thanksgiving break, although Branch still urged his players to get some running and shooting in, and started this week refreshed and ready to go with time running out before the first district competition of the year.

The Lady Tigers play next at home on Dec. 17 against the Navasota Rattlers with varsity set to tip-off around 6:30 p.m. at Sealy High School.

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