A hot-shooting Tuloso-Midway Cherokee squad ran over the Alice Coyotes in front of a home crowd Tuesday night, for the 55-47 victory.
“We’re a little tired, our legs are a little tired because we played hard in our tournament,” Alice coach Tracy Zamora said. “I could see a little fatigue in our kids.”
The tired legs of the Lady Coyotes stumbled out to a 18-12 deficit after one quarter. Alice missed some makeable shots, while T-M came out knocking down 3-pointers.
“T-M’s a good shooting basketball team,” Zamora said. “I knew they were going to come out on fire, like always. That’s their tradition – shoot the threes – and their kids can shoot really well. But we didn’t execute the way I wanted to execute like we did in our tournament.”
The Cherokees opened the second quarter on an 11-6 run to push their lead to 11. Junior Briana King cut the lead to eight following an old fashioned three-point play. However, The Lady Coyotes would be outscored 13-9 in the quarter and trailed 31-21 at halftime.
Things started to go Alice’s way in the third quarter. Down 12, the Lady Coyotes closed the quarter on a 9-0 run sparked by King and senior Lexie Villarreal.
King started it off with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to nine. A quick bucket by Villarreal forced a T-M timeout with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter. Villarreal continued the scoring with another basket following the timeout. She then made another play, stealing the ball and dishing it to King for the score with under thirty seconds to play in the quarter.
The burst by King and Villarreal closed the gap to 43-40 heading into the final quarter.
After a Cherokee free throw, King cut the T-M lead to just one with a big-time 3-pointer with 6:35 to go in the game. Unfortunately for the Lady Coyotes, that would be as close as it would get.
“We just got to do things better,” Zamora said. “Offensively and defensively, we didn’t execute as well as I wanted to. We did at times, but you can’t play basketball ‘at times,’ you got to play a solid game. There’s some things we got to work on, but we’ll be OK.”