Let’s see now, they’ve pulverized three city rivals by an average of 49 points, and Friday connected on a season-high 11 three-point shots to absolutely pummel North, 85-34, on the road. At this point, looks like EHS is on the top of its game, for real. In rising to 21-8 overall, the Lady Bobcats made a mockery of what has usually been a tight, physical rivalry.
With four kids in double figures, paced by senor Jayla Santa Maria’s 23, the Lady ‘Cats stomped their way past a Lady Cougar team that came in 3-1 and figured to give a good test, especially at home.
Not so much.
EHS put on a clinic of solid passing, cutting, and moving, shooting the lights out and using to defense to render North nearly helpless. Add in the strong post play of sophomore Bri Sanchez (seven points, six boards, three blocks) and there was no way the Lady Coogs could keep up. Though it was just a 13-point game at the half, the die was cast. And when EHS went on a 26-7 spree in the third, the blowout was on.
Freshman A’nnika Saenz had 13 of her 17 points after the break and junior Jenessa Santa Maria collected 11 of her 16; for the day the latter knocked in four threes and led the defensive charge that confused and frustrated a North squad that lofted no fewer than eight airballs Friday. Mercedes Hernandez, always up for a scrum against North, tossed in a dozen points and led the Lady ‘Cats with another 12 rebounds.
This one can be encapsulated by a handful of sequences, one coming at the end of the first period. The Lady Coogs got a couple of bombs from Lesley Martinez and were down just 3. But then they missed the rim on a late shot, whereupon Jenessah raced downcourt and found her sister for an open three … bang!!
Minutes into the second, another signature moment: Sanchez blocked a shot inside and controlled to Jenessah, who motored all the way for a layup and a 10-point advantage at 5:13. Later in the period, North pulled to within 9 on a Bri Martinez bomb, but just like that, EHS came down and answered with a Hernandez trey.
After the half, EHS ran away with it, big time, and after three it was a laugher, 61-29.
Five games into the first half of 31-6A action, the Lady ‘Cats are unblemished, with Southwest and Pharr North left to cap the initial run. After totally destroying all city comers so far, this team is clicking like crazy; it averaged 73.8 ppg against just 28.4 allowed during that stretch, to post one of the greatest beginnings to league play the program has ever had.