After starting the district season 0-2, the Calallen Lady Wildcats won their fifth straight game Friday night, beating the Flour Bluff Lady Hornets 61-34 at The Sting Zone at Flour Bluff High School.
The 27-point win was the biggest margin of victory for Calallen this year.
"They wanted this game so bad," said Calallen head coach Beverly Barker. "With this group of girls, this has been one of the highlights. They have had so many struggles early in the season and now they are coming together and it has been sweet."
Flour Bluff was responsible for one of the Lady Wildcats' two district losses earlier this season. The Lady Hornets beat them, 50-45, at Calallen on Jan.8.
Lady Wildcat Amanda Haven had one of her biggest games in her high school career Friday night, leading the game in points with 21 and rebounds with eight. Haven also had four steals.
Calallen's Valerie Perez and Dina Rodriguez also had productive performances against Flour Bluff. Perez had 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals while Rodriguez had 10 points and four assists.
In the defensive-heavy first quarter, the Lady Hornets stole the ball from Calallen seven times, but the steals did not result in any baskets. Flour Bluff only had two points at the end of the first quarter.
Calallen did not fare well in the first quarter either, but they outscored the Lady Hornets, 8-2, heading into the second quarter.
Flour Bluff's Alicia Renck tried to make it a game, scoring six of the Lady Hornets' 12 second-quarter points, but Perez's unselfish play with three assists helped the Lady Wildcats extend their lead.
Calallen outscored Flour Bluff 15-12 in the second quarter, taking a 23-14 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats did not ease up in the second half and almost scored at will.
Haven, alone, outscored the Lady Hornets with nine points in third quarter. Flour Bluff scored only seven as Calallen was up 40-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
Calallen continued to dominate, even leading by as much as 30 points, but the Lady Wildcats settled with just getting the much-needed win.
With the win, the Lady Wildcats pulled into a three-way tie for the District 31-4A lead with Flour Bluff and the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees.
All three had records of 5-2 as of Friday night.
"With a district race this tight, anything could happen," Barker said. "We have to try our hardest every single game the rest of the way."
Calallen faced the Robstown Lady Pickers Tuesday night and will try to go two-for-two against the Cherokees Friday night at Tuloso-Midway's gym at 6:30.
The Lady Wildcats beat the Cherokees, 62-55, Jan. 15.