The victory gives the S-T girls an 11-13 record on the year and a winning 7-5 mark in district play with two games remaining on their regular season schedule, still in the playoff hunt.
The Lady Eagles and the Owls played a closely-contested game right from the opening tip. The visitors capitalized several times in the first half on second and even third chance shots, inside against the Lady Cats. The S-T girls led by just one, 9-8, at the end of the first period and took a 21-18 lead into the locker rooms at the halftime break.
A defensive adjustment, or just better efforts at blocking out the Owls in the second half, paved the way for the S-T victory. The Lady Cats added 12 points to their side of the score board in the third quarter and duplicated the scoring numbers in the final eight minutes. The visitors weren’t getting their second or third chances at the basket and were limited to just eight third period points and 11 fourth quarter markers. The Lady Cats kept the Owls tethered in the second half with Eric Nevarez and Naomi Garza combining to keep the board-crashing Lady Owls off the offensive glass.
“Tonight was a solid game played by the entire team. Defensively, we sat in a zone 90 percent of the time, and the girls were disciplined and did exactly what we asked them to do—front the post and play inside the three-point line,” said S-T head coach Catherine Stowe.
“They could not have done a better job.”
Nevarez led the Lady Cats in scoring with 13 points and pulled down a team-high 18 rebounds. Garza finished the night with 12 markers. Isabel Jimenez added 10 points. Mari Martinez contributed seven points and had four steals on the night.
“Overall, we shot 30 percent tonight, which is higher than most nights. We finished contested shots in the paint, and our free throws fell,” said Stowe.
The Lady Cats played Mathis on Friday night in the Pirate’s home gym and will close out the season with a home contest against the George West Lady ’Horns next Tuesday night.
In the JV contest, the S-T girls dominated the young GW girls 51-24. The victory improves the JV Lady Cat’s record to 11-8 on the year and a lofty 9-2 in district.
Felicia Ortiz led the S-T scoring with 19 points, followed by Charli Perron with 15 tallies. Whitely Rix added six markers, as did Allie Rodriguez. Trini Diaz and Amber Gutierrez both contributed two points while Kati Sweetman had one point in the win.