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Brack’s run against Edison falls short

January 22, 2019 GMT

The second-place Edison Golden Bears more than doubled the score on Brackenridge Eagles late in the first half of their game Friday, as the fifth-place Eagles struggled with their shooting.

However, Brackenridge found the touch in the second half to pull within single digits, but it wasn’t enough.

Edison hung on through a 15-7 Brackenridge run to win the District 27-5A game 54-45. The Golden Bears had separated themselves with a 13-4 feeding frenzy in the second quarter.

“Once we start making a run, it’s hard to stop it,” Edison junior point guard Avalon Munoz said. “Our bench gets going, too. Then we get a basket. And we make another steal and get another basket.”

Freshman Mary Ester Sosa (14 points), who filled in when Munoz took an illness-necessitated rest, gave Edison a 40-21 lead with a 3-point basket with 5:18 left in the third quarter. Jazlyn Balderas (10 points) sank a short jumper, and the Bears led by 21.

Brackenridge’s Lily Zamora scored off a steal to start the comeback. Freshman Emily Ayala then nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to shift the resurgence into high gear. Ayala scored all of her 11 points in the third quarter.

“They’re a good team,” said Edison coach Angie Johnson, who won her 254th game. “When we played them in the first round, they were without their point guard (Skye Thomas), so they gave us a different look. We had to prepare differently for them, because everybody can shoot from the outside.”

Brackenridge was coming off a 59-48 win over Sam Houston on Jan. 15. Senior Angelica Truque (15 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots) led the way. Genesis Teran scored 11 points, and Thomas contributed nine steals.

Two free throws apiece from Teran and Jazzlyn de la O brought the Eagles to within reach, 49-41, with 3:03 left.

A pair of free throws from Hannah Esqueda and a jumper by Madylynn Zavala (nine points) enabled Edison to survive the blitz.

“They were doing a good job of pressing us and getting the ball out of Avalon’s hands,” Johnson said of the first quarter. “Our other four did a good job of stepping up and getting some transition baskets.”

Munoz was in better health Jan. 15 when Edison defeated Burbank (10-19, 3-9), 53-36. The junior finished with 12 points, seven assists and five steals to lead a balanced lineup.

“If you bring an energy, your teammates will follow,” Munoz said, comparing basketball with her primary sport, cross country. “You don’t look back. You have to keep coming.”

With Edison on first-place Highland’s heels going into a Tuesday, Jan. 22 confrontation, that may be a strategy for the rest of the 27-5A season.