The Skidmore-Tynan girls basketball team picked the perfect way to finish its pre-district slate.
The Lady Cats, behind double-digit performances from three different players, routed Three Rivers 64-25 on the Lady Bulldogs’ home court on Dec. 8.
“Today, we played a complete game,” said Lady Cat coach Tim Stowe about the victory.
“It wasn’t a perfectly played game, but we did play well in all areas. We shot well, defended well, and ran our plays well.
“We are in a good spot going into district play.”
The Lady Cats improved to 6-4 on the season with the win. It was the team’s fifth win in seven games.
“I like where we are at this point in the season,” said Stowe. “It is sometimes tough to get a good feeling because we have only had one game and about three practices with the entire team.
“The best thing about this team so far is their unselfishness and desire to win. Nobody cares who gets the credit or the points; they just want to win.”
The Lady Cats ran out to a 21-9 lead in the opening quarter, then outscored Three Rivers 16-4 in the second quarter to make it 37-13 at halftime.
In the second half, Skidmore outscored the hosts 12-8 in the third quarter and 15-4 in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cats were effective from long range, short range and at the free-throw line on the way to the victory. They shot 39.2 percent from the field for the game, which included clips of 40 percent from inside the arc and 37.5 percent from outside the arc. They also shot 72 percent at the charity stripe.
They outrebounded TR 41-24, had more points off turnovers (29-9), more second-chance points (14-4) and more points in the paint (18-6).
Mariella Gonzales and Brittany Hinojosa led the scoring effort with 13 points apiece. Gonzales also added six rebounds and four steals, while Hinojosa had a team-best 12 rebounds to go with three steals.
Kaydence Menchaca chipped in 12 points to go with three steals and two rebounds.
Jasmine Terry hit a trio of treys to tally nine points. She also had four rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Mayra Salas added eight points and six rebounds, while Brianna Flores chipped in six points and eight assists.
S-T 80, Pettus 6
The Lady Cats steamrolled county rival Pettus on Dec. 5.
Skidmore won every quarter by at least 10 points, which included outscoring Pettus 27-0 in the second quarter.
Gonzales paced a quartet of double-digit scorers with 20 points to go with 10 rebound, seven steals, three blocks and three assists.
Menchaca racked up 17 points to go with five rebound, five steals and two assists, while Hinojosa had 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Terry tallied 11 points and dished out 11 assists. She also had five steals.
Kaitlyn Salinas and Aryana Garcia both had six points, while Mayra Salas had four points to go with eight steals and seven rebounds.
Karnes City 50, S-T 46
Karnes City, after rallying from down seven in the final two minutes in regulation, beat the Lady Cats in overtime Dec. 4.
Skidmore led by as many as 13 points, which included a 35-22 edge early in the fourth quarter, but KC rallied back.
With a minute and a half left, Skidmore led 36-29, but the Lady Badgers outscored the visitors 12-5 down the stretch to force overtime.
Karnes City then won the extra period 9-5.
Menchaca had 19 points to lead the Lady Cats. She also had eight rebounds and three assists.
Terry added seven points, while Gonzales scored six points, grabbed five boards, registered three steals and blocked four shots.