Ramirez, Carmer lead Hawks past West Shore
Viera's Casi Ramirez (left) drives to the basket during Tuesday night's game against West Shore. Ramirez finished with 12 points and the Hawks won 42-28.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The Viera High School girls basketball team added another chapter to one of the most successful seasons in recent program history Tuesday night.
Casi Ramirez scored 12 points, Tricia Carmer added nine and Morgan Mordas had eight as the Hawks defeated visiting West Shore Wildcats 42-28.
“I think we gave a lot of effort,” Ramirez said. “I think we moved the ball around well and looked for our teammates. A lot of our teammates were playing really selfless.
“When we’re rebounding strong, it makes the game easy. So, I think our posts did a good job. We got a lot of shots up. Not all of them fell, but luckily, we got a lot of offensive boards.”
The victory improved the Hawks record to 14-7 on the year, the most wins the team has posted since the 2014-15 season when they went 14-10.
Viera has a Senior Night game Thursday night at home against Cocoa Beach before heading to the Class 6A, District 5 tournament where the Hawks will be the No. 2 seed and receive a first-round bye.
The district semifinals are set for Feb. 6 at St. Cloud High, where Viera will face the winner of the game between No. 3 Melbourne and No. 6 Harmony.
Games like Tuesday night should give the Hawks a lot of confidence, particularly coming off a loss to Melbourne Central Catholic a night earlier.
Viera jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter and led by 12 at halftime before coming out strong in the second half to put away the Wildcats (8-11).
Ramirez and Tricia Carmer were particularly effective driving to the basket. Mordas and Jacquelin Castro helped control the inside.
“It was a good way to bounce back from a tough one and go out there and get a victory tonight,” first-year Viera coach Josh Carmer said. “We came out knowing what we were facing and we executed against it.
“At halftime, we sharpened up our execution. We came out and scored a couple of buckets right after halftime. We were executing that zone offense, using cutters to get layups instead of settling for jump shots.
“It was fantastic.”
The Hawks, who were much more aggressive than they were earlier in the season, have won five of their past six games and have shown improvement throughout the year.
“I think we have a lot better team chemistry than when we started (the season),” Ramirez said. “A lot of our team this year is new. We have a couple of freshmen, a couple of people from out of state.
“I think that once we got to know all of our teammates better and what their strengths are, what they do well, then you know how to play the game better with your specific teammates.”
The Hawks, who haven’t made the state playoffs since the 2013-14 season, are certainly playing like a team that wants to end that drought soon.
“We’re trying to get better all the time,” Carmer said.