After losing their first two district games, the Calallen Lady Cats beat the Robstown Lady Pickers, 51-45, last week at the Robstown High School gym.
Calallen led by as much as 15 points in the Jan. 11 game, but the Lady Pickers came close in the fourth quarter.
"Robstown is really good team," said Calallen head coach Beverly Barker. "They never give up and they come after you and make their shots when they need to."
Calallen's Amanda Haven was the leading scorer for the game with 15 points. She also had six rebounds and three steals.
Haven was also the only player on the court to score more than 10 points.
Lady Cat Alyssa Pimental scored nine points in the game, including two 3-pointers.
Dina Rodriguez provided eight points for Calallen - all of which came from free throw shots.
For Robstown, three players led the team with eight points each - Krystal Siller, Vanessa Moreno and April Paredez.
Calallen was off to good start in the first quarter, outscoring the Lady Pickers 14-6, with Haven scoring six points and snatching a steal.
The second quarter was a disaster for both teams who had a hard time making baskets. Both teams scored less than 10 points with the Lady Pickers scoring only four points.
Defense played a bigger part for the Lady Cats as they out-rebounded Robstown and stole the ball from them four times. Three of those steals came from Pimental.
Calallen had a comfortable 23-10 lead at halftime.
After the third quarter, the Lady Cats were up by 14, 38-24, but Robstown began to attempt a comeback in the fourth.
With under 4 minutes left in the game, the Lady Pickers cut the lead to eight after Amanda Ysassi scored a jumper during a small 6-0 run for Robstown.
"I think we get relaxed when we're ahead by 15 points," Barker said. "Sometimes we speed up and try to make quick shots when we're ahead."
With time quickly running out, the Lady Pickers were forced to foul Calallen to save time. The Wildcats succeeded on the line, scoring 11 of their 13 fourth quarter points from the free-throw line.
Both Calallen and Robstown had 1-2 district records after the game.
The Lady Pickers played the Flour Bluff Lady Hornets on Tuesday night on the road. They head home to face the Alice Lady Coyotes Friday night.
The Lady Cats faced the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees at home Tuesday.
They head to Kingsville to face the H.M. King Lady Brahmas Friday night.
Both games are scheduled to start approximately at 6:30 p.m.