Martinez TABC All-Star


Zully Martinez has to keep making room on her resume.

That’s because the Lipan standout senior guard keeps getting accolades, even though her playing career as a Lady Indian is over.

Martinez has been selected to play in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game May 18 at Trinity University in San Antonio. It is an honor normally reserved for players in larger schools, but the Lipan senior joined select company in being chosen.

Because of a prior engagement, Martinez, who was chosen for the Blue Team, will not be able to play in the game. Still Lipan coach Amber Branson said it ranks highly among her many accolades.

“It’s quite an honor to be part of that game, and to come from such a small school makes it even more impressive,” said Branson, herself a former TABC All-Star while playing for the Lady Indians.

Like Branson, who led the Lady Indians to a state tournament appearance in 1995, Martinez led her team to Austin as well. In fact, Martinez helped get the Lady Indians to the Class A Division II State Tournament twice.

Lipan finished 27-10 in 2010-11 and lost in the state semifinals to eventual state champion Neches. This past season the Lady Indians were 34-4 and lost in the state championship game to Neches, which won a third consecutive championship.

Martinez went on to be named TABC All-State for a second consecutive year after averaging 22 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Among Martinez’s most memorable moments as a Lady Indian came in the Region II championship game against Newcastle in 2011. With her team down 39-24 with a few minutes to play, she engineered a 21-2 run by scoring 15 points for a thrilling 45-41 win that earned her team a berth at state.

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