In the post-Silvia Perez Era, the Lady Jags have struggled to a 6-12 record so far in 2016-17. They did beat Mission and Santa Rosa at the Tommie Wiseman Tourney in La Feria over the weekend, balancing losses to Raymondville and Port Isabel.
Perez was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season and her presence has been missed.
So far, guard Lizbeth Cabrera and forwards Daniela Castro and Brittany Cantu have played solid basketball. Cantu has six double-figures scoring games while Cabrera has also turned the trick six times. Castro has also topped 10 six times including a team-high 20 against Porter. She has also gotten at least 10 rebounds 10 times so far and averages 10.9. Cantu gets 9.6 rebounds per game.
Econ has a home game against La Joya Friday before starting 31-6A action against EHS Dec. 16.
LADY COOG REPORT
Meanwhile, Coach Jenny Garcia of North was chilling at the Craig Smith Tournament Thursday, watching some boys’ action. Her team has been on a breakneck pace and was taking a few days off to get ready for a pair of home games this week.
“We have played 15 games already so we need the rest,” she said, as star guard Tiffany Chapa toiled away in the concession stand. “I think that this year’s team has good chemistry, a great attitude, they are very coachable, and we have a real chance to show great improvement from last year.”
Along with the senior Chapa, classmate Fernie Olvera is off to a solid start as the Lady Coogs look to get back into the playoffs after a year’s absence. A series of newcomers has paid dividends as well so far, including freshmen Leslie Martinez and Miranda Gaytan. Those two were in action with the varsity for the first time last week and Garcia says that they each bring some speed to an already fast rotation.
“We do have a lot of girls who can run, and we are trying to defend, wear the other teams down with our speed, so we can win games late,” Garcia said.
Junior Anzalheny Jordan has also added some athleticism with her ability to penetrate, and the additions have allowed North to get past the injury bug, which has felled a couple of kids in the past week, including junior Tilly Villarreal.
ODDS AND ENDS
Tourney time was rough for the city girls last week as Edinburg got pounded by 28 at the NEISD Tourney against East Central, and Vela dropped a pair at the Border Olympics in Laredo, to Alice and McAllen. The Lady SaberCats are working without team leader Jaida Muhammad, who hurt an ankle recently.
EHS (15-5) came back the next day, Friday, and scored two wins, by 15 over SA Reagan and then by 20 over Valley rival Harlingen. After finishing the tourney by beating Memorial and losing to Antonian Saturday, the Lady ‘Cats will oppose Harlingen again, Dec. 9 at home, three days after traveling to Weslaco to tackle the Pantherettes. Soph Jenessah Santa Maria led the team with 21 points against Reagan.
Vela (5-8) concluded the tourney with a loss to Nixon and has a road game at Harlingen South Tuesday. Then the team is off for 10 days until the start of 31-6A play, Dec. 16 at home versus North.