The Robstown Cottonpickers boys basketball boys team dropped to 7-14 heading into district play after losing to the Gregory-Portland Wildcats, 66-44, last week.
Both teams had over 17 fouls each in Friday night's game, but the Cottonpickers missed eleven of their free throws.
The Cottonpickers started off well as Eugene Guajardo, Albert Casteneda and Julio Suarez all scored six points in the first quarter, putting Robstown up 12-10 at the end of the quarter.
Things turned bad quickly in the second quarter as Robstown Coach Bert Ybarra was forced to take out two starters, Chris Buentello and Guajardo, due to fouls.
The Wildcats came back and scored 20 points in the second quarter to put them ahead 30-21 at the half. Things would've been worse if Suarez had not had two blocks for Robstown.
The Cottonpickers came out strong in the second half, scoring six points. But then their momentum died in the middle of the third quarter after the Wildcats came up with three turnovers in a row, scoring each time. Robstown couldn't seem to score the rest of the quarter and fell further behind.
The Cottonpickers made one last run and started to make a comeback as Guajardo made the only Cottonpicker 3-pointer in the game and Buentello came back with four points and two steals in the fourth quarter.
However, with the Wildcats' Marcus Jasso scoring two 3-pointers and Maurice Bridges putting in lay ups down the middle, the Cottonpickers ran out of time.
"Third quarter turnovers hurt us," Ybarra said. "We also had a lot of foul trouble and making free throws. We had one player miss six."
The Cottonpickers have a tough line up to start district play, facing Calallen at 7:30 Friday night in Robstown and then traveling to Flour Bluff Tuesday.