HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Vandegrift downs Hays in double overtime

Jen Moore scores 17 points for Lady Vipers in win

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Vandegrift proved Wednesday night that it is never really out of a game.

The Lady Vipers fought back from a fourth-quarter deficit to top Hays 56-52 in double overtime to open the second round of district play and to solidify their grasp on third place in District 25-6A.

"In games like that, when you pull it out, it can sometimes kind of spur you," Vandegrift head coach Jonathan Jones said. "We've kind of needed it, especially offensively. We've been struggling a little to find consistency. I'm excited to see what this can do."

Junior Jen Moore led the scoring for Vandegrift with 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the second half. Freshman guard Kaya Pehrson scored 12 points and went 4-4 at the free throw line in the second overtime while Bee Gonzales added 10 points.

Jones said in the second half, he was trying to find a way to stop Bosquez. The Lady Vipers achieved that goal by slowing the game down and trapping the Rebels in the at half court. Bosquez scored 19 points in the first half and fished the game with 32 points.

"We had to go to the trap, but that's kind of what sparked us," Jones said. "It got us some steals and we got some energy and got some buckets. It just got us going. We hesitated because of (Bosquez) since we would have had to let her go free little."

The Lady Vipers opened up a 12-10 lead in the first part thanks in part to a couple 3-pointers from Pehrson.

Hays fought back in the second quarter behind 15 points by Bosquez. Vandegrift scored nine points in the period and didn't score its first field goal until more than four minutes into the frame.

Vandegrift turned the ball over one time in the first quarter but had seven in the second and went into halftime trailing 26-21.

Each team had a run in the third quarter, but Hays maintained its five-point lead. The Lady Vipers outscored the Rebels 12-7 in the fourth quarter and held them to just a pair of field goals to force overtime

"We knew we wanted to move the ball more in the second half," Jones said. "When we move the ball side to side, we were getting good shots. It was when we weren't ball faking, that's when we were having some issues."

Vandegrift - along with the rest of the basketball and soccer games in the district - was forced to move its game to Wednesday due to cold temperatures and icy roads that shut down schools and LISD offices on Tuesday.

The Lady Vipers jump right back into district play, traveling to face off with Lake Travis Friday at 7 p.m. They travel to meet up with Westlake Tuesday at 7 p.m. before hosting Lehman next Friday night.

"Last year's team was very selfless, but this year's team is just as selfless," Jones said. "They have to be because we don't have anybody that's going to score 20 points every game. We don't know who we'll get it from. It's a little stressful at times, but it's fun."

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