The victory improves the Lady Cats record to 10-12 on the year and a 6-4 record for their district battles.
“The girls did a good job of playing our game tonight rather than playing to the opponents’ level. I am happy with the team about that, as well as our defensive game,” said Lady Cat head coach Catherine Stowe.
Defense was the key as the S-T girls forced over 40 turnovers in the match with the Lady Vaqueros, many of which led to easy transition baskets. The S-T shooting was also better than it has been in recent games.
“Everybody got substantial playing time tonight, which helps us save our starters’ legs for upcoming competition. Offensively, we shot 35 percent from the field, and that’s great compared to our previous few games,” Stowe said.
The Lady Cats worked efficiently on offense, dishing a season high 12 assists, and their free throws continue to fall through the nets, according to their coach.
“We are pleased with the girls’ shooting game tonight,” Stowe said.
Erica Nevarez led the Lady Cats with 20 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. Isabel Jimenez played a well-rounded game with nine rebounds and seven steals. Jimenez was also good on two of two shots from beyond the arc.
In the junior varsity game, the younger Lady Cats were tough on defense and limited the visitors to six first half points while hitting 26 of their own. The S-T girls dominated the second half as well, to bring the final to a 58-24 victory over the San Diego girls.
Felicia Ortiz was hot from the floor on Tuesday evening with a season high 30 points. Allie Rodriguez followed with nine tallies. Charli Perron sank seven, and Stephanie Nevarez, Amber Gutierrez and Whitley Rix each contributed four.
The victory improves the JV record to 10-8 on the year, and the girls are 8-2 in district play.
The Lady Cats were in Freer on Friday night and will host Odem on Tuesday night.