Intent on competing for the district title after a steady climb into the ranks of contenders, the Jags have started well in what should be the most interesting season in many moons.
Coach Carlos Ramos’s team blasted Mission Tuesday at home, 84-41 as Johnny Barrientos fired away for 26 points and Simon Pina added 19 more. Econ was fast out of the gate, leading 26-10 after a quarter, and by the break had amassed an insurmountable edge of 50-18 against the visiting Eagles.
This week the Jags were ready to go up against Harlingen South on the road before returning for the annual Craig Smith Tourney in town, starting Thursday.
EHS improved to 2-1, following up a loss to Weslaco with a Tuesday victory against Laredo Cigarroa, 66-60. Antoine Woodard led the way with 24 and teammate Jesus Cantu contributed 14 more for the Bobcats, who have their own designs on ruling the 31-6A roost these days. The team was at the Border Olympics over the weekend, losing games to CC King and Laredo Martin by 1 and 2 points, respectively, beating SA Jefferson and CC Moody.
Vela went up to Pasadena and won just one of four contests against the stiffest competition it will see all season, while North was beaten at home by 25, by perennial power Laredo Alexander. Friday the SaberCats were socked by Weslaco, by 20 and the Cougars were clipped by Rowe, 64-55.
The North girls worked hard against Los Fresnos Tuesday, achieving a 1-point lead after a period and hanging tough the whole way in a 56-50 loss to the Lady Falcons, expected to vie for the crown against Harlingen and Weslaco in 32-6A. Lesley Martinez was the Lady Coog leader with 19 points in defeat and then followed that up with 24 Saturday as North blasted Mission, 71-26. Next up for North was a difficult home assignment Tuesday against Weslaco.
After two losses, EHS got back on track with a tense 59-54 victory against Laredo United South. Jayla Santa Maria notched 24 points – including 12 of 14 from the line – and grabbed nine rebounds. Freshman A’nnika Saenz pumped in a career-best 17 with 7-of-12 shooting from the floor for the Lady ‘Cats, who faced a rematch with McAllen Memorial at home Tuesday.
Vela is off to an 8-2 start despite Saturday’s loss at home to Brownsville Vets and was looking to Tuesday’s road game at Palmview, against a Lady Lobo squad that has won six of eight after a poor start.
Later in the week, Vela is set to attend the Donna Tournament with Econ in La Feria for the annual Tommie Wiseman event. EHS will be at the high-class NEISD in San Antonio along with Valley rivals Weslaco, Harlingen, Memorial, and Weslaco East.