By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
January 8, 2015
The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons basketball squad went on the road to Rio Grande City Tuesday night and made the trip a profitable one with a 60-32 win over the Lady Gators of Grulla.
The Lady Tarpons never trailed and led 21-7 at the end of the opening quarter — 39-10 at the half, and 51-15 at the end of the third.
“We knew it was a must win, to get back to .500,” Lady Tarpons Head Basketball Coach Blake Ramsey told the Press before practice on Wednesday. He continued, saying, “We came out really aggressive in the first half with our press, and we got a lot of steals early on.”
Collectively, the team made a total of 24 steals in the game.
So aggressive was P.I.’s defense that Grulla was often unable to get a shot off because they kept losing the ball. “They didn’t get too many shots up, especially early, because in the first half we got a lot of steals before they even got past half-court,” Ramsey said.
With the win, Port Isabel improves to 11-9 overall, and 2-2 in District 32-4A play. The team is fourth in the standings — trailing behind La Feria, Rio Hondo and Zapata, all of which are undefeated at 4-0. The Lady Tarpons will take on the district leaders consecutively, starting with road dates to the first two aforementioned teams on Friday, Jan. 16, and Tuesday, Jan. 20, respectively; then they will play at home against Rio Hondo on Friday, Jan. 23.
Last Friday the team got Raymondville in Tarpon Gym in a low-scoring contest, 22-18.
Kelcie Swink led the team with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 20 steals. Alex Martinez put up 15 points, pulled in seven rebounds and made seven steals. Tasha Ramirez recorded seven points, and Laura Moctezuma scored six.
Ramsey said, “We’re not looking into the future – it’s one game at a time. Our goal each day is to go 1-0. On Friday we’ve got Hidalgo here … 1-0 and we’ll go from there.”
“They’re very similar to us,” Ramsey said, referring to the Lady Pirates. “They’re not very tall. They like to shoot the three, and they’re very quick and destructive on defense.”
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