TJ GARCIA | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR
ELSA — The Edinburg High Bobcats unleashed a second quarter 20-0 run and never looked back as they went on to dismantle the Harlingen High Cardinals 54-34 Tuesday night and claimed the regional quarterfinal championship.
Senior Edinburg guard Jenessah Santa Maria scored 15 points to lead a balanced Lady Bobcats attack that scored inside and out and also was aggressive on the defensive side of the ball.
Santa Maria and teammates Brianna Martinez, Annika Saenz and Brianna Sanchez initiated the second-quarter surge that took a 10-9 Edinburg lead to start the second period to a 30-9 advantage five minutes later before Harlingen could finally respond.
The 5-foot-3 Santa Maria, the playmaker with dazzling handles, had eight points, two steals and a rebound to spark the devastating run. Harlingen hit a few baskets late but was never able to recover.
The Lady Cardinals end the season at 31-6. Meanwhile, Edinburg, 33-8, moves to the play the San Antonio Clark-Cibolo Steele winner in the regional semifinals.