The Palacios girl’s basketball team got a great Christmas gift over the weekend. It got two players back from injury.
Guards Aleena Acosta and Avery Kubecka have returned to the floor to give the Sharkettes some much-needed depth, and that boost helped Palacios to get four wins at its holiday tournament on Thursday and Friday.
The Sharkettes dominated both Victoria Faith Academy and Bay City not just by getting good offensive output from its frontcourt players, but by a strong defense, which held their two Thursday opponents to 30 points combined.
“We’re almost 100 percent healthy, so it was nice to see five and six players on the bench instead of two or three,” Sharkette head coach Aaron Wollam said. “We shot the ball well, had a good practice on Tuesday, and it seemed like the break did everyone some good.”
In the first game against Faith Academy, Palacios went on a 9-2 run in the first quarter to help take a 26-12 halftime lead, then outscored the Lady Cougars 21-8 in the third quarter on its way to a 55-20 win.
Forward Savannah Williams had 13 points and eight rebounds in the game and forward Brianne Simmons had 10 points and eight rebounds. Acosta had eight points and four steals.
The Sharkettes kept it going against Bay City, jumping out to a 23-4 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 73-10 win. Palacios outscored the Ladycats 22-2 in the third quarter.
Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds, with Simmons adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Sarah Filip had 12 points and five steals, while Kubecka had five points.
On Friday, Palacios again had a couple of blowout wins, beating Ganado 52-5 and Hallettsville Sacred Heart 53-32. Acosta had 10 points, five rebounds and five steals against Ganado. Williams had a 27-point effort against Sacred Heart, along with 15 rebounds and eight steals.
The tournament wins moved the Sharkettes’ record to 15-6.
Palacios will head to Louise on Tuesday for its last non-district game of the season before hosting Van Vleck on Friday.
Ladycats get past Ganado: Bay City outscored the Lady Indians 12-6 in the fourth quarter to get a 26-25 win in the first game of the tournament.
After the win and the loss to Palacios, Bay City is 2-14 on the season, pending Friday’s games against Sacred Heart and Faith Academy. The Ladycats will face Houston Waltrip on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.