By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
January 15, 2015
The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons went on the road to Progreso and came home with a 47-29 win over the Lady Red Ants in a District 32-4A game Tuesday night.
Port Isabel led start to finish and improve to 4-2 in district play and 13-9 overall with the win. The Lady Tarpons are in fourth place in the district standings behind Rio Hondo, Zapata, and La Feria. La Feria will visit Tarpon Gym this Friday.
The Lady Tarpons led 19-4 at the end of the first quarter, 27-13 at the half, and 37-21 at the end of three quarters.
If there was a point in the game when head coach Blake Ramsey became a little concerned about how things were going, it came after halftime. “We didn’t press coming out of half-time … and the girls got a little relaxed in the third quarter. Give credit to Progreso – they cut it to 10 points in the third quarter. We’ve been in that situation – come back from 20 points down. I told the girls no matter what the score is you have to keep playing hard.”
Alex Martinez led the team in scoring with 12 points and four steals. Kelcie Swink and Averie Colunga each scored six points and Swink led with eight rebounds. Telly Cantu and Swink each handed out four assists.
Port Isabel found itself in a battle last Friday night with the Hidalgo Lady Pirates. The Lady Tarpons trailed 21-17 at the break, took a 29-27 lead in the third quarter, and led the rest of the way for a 45-43 victory at Tarpon Gym.
Free throws made the difference in the Hidalgo game. In the first half P.I. made five of nine attempts while the Lady Pirates were only sinking four of seventeen. In the third quarter Port Isabel went nine for ten at the line and made 17 of 24 on the night. Kelcie Swink made six of seven in that third quarter and Alex Martinez was five for six for the game.
“That’s the best free-throw percentage we’ve had all year,” Coach Ramsey said afterwards.
After playing La Feria this Friday at home the Lady Tarpons will face Zapata here next Tuesday and Rio Hondo on the road next Friday, January 23rd.
“We’ve seen them (La Feria) play in tournaments,” Ramsey told the Press this week. “They’re like us. They’re going to come out and apply full-court pressure and they’ll get after it. If our girls can just come in focused, play within themselves and don’t get over-anxious, we have a good chance to win.”
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