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Playmaker – Bree Peña

Junior Bree Peña is the best player in the RGV.

Hands down, the girl is a gamer.  If I had to put the ball in anyone’s hand at the end of a game it would be her.

On Tuesday night, Bree was anything short of brilliant, scoring 28 points in the first half, hitting 6 three points.

In the past Peña could freelance with stars like Angie Villarreal, and Jaz Muniz on the court, but this year she has been the “It” girl.

With players like senior Jordan Rudd, and junior Jayla Santa Maria in the mix, this year’s top player award was up for grabs.

Rudd a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman seemed like the main rival to Peña coming into the season.

Brownsville Vets with Rudd and company plowed through 32-5A with ease, but fell last Monday to Flour Bluff scoring 15 points.

The lack of competition seemed to catch up to the Rudd and the Lady Chargers.

Although the game was close they couldn’t seal the deal from the line, with numerous misses at the charity stripe down the stretch.

Jayla Santa Maria had everything clicking mid-season.  With wins versus Vela and PSJA North, the Bobcats looked poise to make a run.

The wheels came off the wagon in the second part of the season, as the Bobcats lost three out of seven games down the stretch.

In those loses Santa Maria had 16 points against Vela, 17 against PSJA North, and 18 against San Benito, but she shot 31% from the field.

Weslaco’s showed some early kinks in the armor early in the season.  Weslaco would fall to Edinburg in non-district.

The Panther faithful would point out that they had injured players, including Peña and Saenz in that game and so that loss shouldn’t count, but they did lose to Harlingen 47-41.

People began to talk that maybe Peña wasn’t the best player, and maybe Weslaco wasn’t the same team people feared to play in the playoffs.

Weslaco would turn it around, winning thirteen games down the stretch, beating teams by double digits.

Tuesday night, Bree Peña locked up the best player honors by her shooting performance in the first half.

This was no ordinary 28 points.

She wasn’t cherry picking (snow-birding) like Lamelo Ball, she hit six three point baskets in the first half.

Peña scored the first 16 points as Weslaco would demoralize Laredo United from the jump ball, winning 55-39.

Weslaco will play San Antonio Brandeis on Friday at 6pm in Laredo in the Sweet 16 of UIL 6A hoops.  Pena can further cement her place at the top with another great performance.



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