The Bee County girls got a bit of revenge last Friday night as they busted the Bulldogs by 12 points, 57-45, in Skidmore.
“The girls just stepped up and battled Banquete. We knew that if we played like we are capable of playing that we would have a chance to beat them,” said S-T head coach Joseph Grimes III.
The contest was close through the first three quarters. Neither team gained a double-digit lead. S-T was up by just four, 17-13, at the end of the first eight minutes and that skipped up to five by halftime. The Lady Cats went into the intermission out front 26-21.
The visitors cut into that slim margin over the third period, outscoring the Lady Cats 14-12. The S-T girls were still holding a mere 38-35 advantage going into the final quarter of the showdown.
The Lady Cats upped the pressure on defense and executed on offense over the final eight minutes to put the game away. The Lady Cats hit for 19 fourth quarter points while holding the Bulldogs’ leash tight for just 10 markers.
“Throughout the game the Lady Cats played harder and tougher than Banquete and we were able to pull out a win against them,” said Grimes.
The win improves the district record of the Lady Cats to 8-1 with only one game remaining on the district calendar.
The Lady Bulldogs hold that same record and there lurks the possibility of a one-game seeding playoff rematch if the two teams both win their Tuesday night season finales.
The S-T girls traveled to Bloomington to meet the Ladycats while the Banquete girls had a date with Odem.
Celina Acosta led the S-T scoring with 15 points. D’Anne Wider followed with 11 tallies and Rachel Mengers hit for 10 as did Brittany Garza to put four Lady Cats in double figures.
Kathy Acosta recorded five points in the win and Amber Hughlett added four. Jennifer Pueblo closed the scoring with two.