The Banquete Lady Bulldogs had a chance Friday night to claim the District 30-2A championship with a win over rivals Skidmore-Tynan. Unfortunately, the Lady Dogs couldn't stop the Lady Bobcats from finding the basket and handing Banquete their first district loss of the season, 57-45.
The Lady Bobcats began the game with a quick basket by Rachel Mengers, followed by a three-pointer by D'Anne Wilder, giving Skidmore the early lead, 5-0.
Banquete's Lindsey Chapa fired back with a lay-up with 6:02 left in the quarter, but Wilder hit another three-point shot. Both sides continued to exchange baskets, with the Lady Dogs pulling as close as within three until Skidmore-Tynan finished the quarter with a 5-0 run. At the end of the first, the Lady Bobcats held a 17-13 lead.
The Lady Dogs continued to look for opportunities to take the lead in the second quarter, but Skidmore matched Banquete basket-for-basket. By the end of the half, the Lady Bulldogs continued to trail the Lady Bobcats, 26-21.
In the third quarter, Banquete's Nieves Pena cut Skidmore's lead to three with an early basket. Pena drew a foul shortly after, edging her team to within two points.
The Lady Dogs still trailed throughout the third, but kept the game close as Skidmore struggled with foul trouble. A late three-pointer by Desiree Ocanas signaled the end of the quarter as the Lady Bobcats held a slim three-point lead over Banquete, 38-35.
While the Lady Bulldogs had been keeping pace throughout the first three quarters of the game, it was the fourth quarter that would be their undoing as both teams went over the foul limit. Skidmore-Tynan hit 13 of 15 from the free throw line compared to only three out of nine for Banquete.
The Lady Dogs were outscored 19-10 in the fourth as they recorded their first loss in district play and found themselves in a tie for the district championship.
"We just weren't focused enough," Banquete head coach Adriana Gutierrez said. "What happened was our rebounding game was not it. That's what usually gets us in there is our rebounding, but it just wasn't there. But I've got to give credit to Skidmore. They never let up, but neither did we. We tried, but it just didn't happen for us."
Pena led the Lady Dogs in scoring with 17 points, followed by Chapa with 12 points.
For the Lady Bobcats, Celina Acosta led with 15 points. Wilder had with 11 points and Mengers and Brittany Garza both finished with 10 points.
As of Tuesday, both Banquete and Skidmore have a district record of 9-1 with one game remaining. If both teams won their games Tuesday night, they will likely meet again in a tiebreaker game to decide who will become the District 30-2A champion.
Tuesday's score were unavailable as of press time.