By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
January 1, 2015
The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons hosted the Lady Warriors of Santa Rosa on Tuesday afternoon and got the win, 43-18.
“We came out and did well on defense,” Port Isabel Head Coach Blake Ramsey said Tuesday night. “Then we started to get into foul trouble in the second quarter. Alex (Martinez) picked up her third foul in the second quarter. I had to make some substitutions, and we lost our offensive rhythm.”
The Lady Tarpons led 13-3 at the end of the first quarter, 14-7 at the half and 28-14 at the end of three quarters.
Sophomore Jasmine Saldivar was a standout on defense on this afternoon. “In the second half she put a lot of ball pressure on their guards and got all four of her steals in that second half. On defense we really picked up the effort – we got 24 steals in the game and many led to points on easy layups,” Ramsey said.
Kelcie Swink led the team with 21 points and 17 rebounds. It was her eighth double-double of the season. Alex Martinez scored six points and led with five steals. Larissa Torres had five points and stole four balls.
“They (Lady Warriors) were scrappy,” Ramsey said. “They got after it on defense. They did a good job on Kelcie in the second quarter.” Swink scored the team’s only point in the second quarter on a free throw.
The offense came alive in the third quarter, according to Ramsey. “She’d (Swink) post up and score or get a rebound and put it up. Kelcie’s offensive rebounding in the second half was key.”
The Lady Tarpons come into their third district contest of the year this Friday with an 0-2 league mark against a Raymondville team that has also opened district play at 0-2. “La Feria, Rio Hondo and Zapata are all 2-0 and obviously haven’t played each other. It’s definitely a wide open race, and anything can happen.”
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