By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
February 5, 2015
The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons were on the road at Hidalgo Tuesday night, and lost 41-31.
With the loss PI has a district record of 6-6 and remains alone in fourth place in District 32-4A with two games left.
“We just flat-out didn’t play well,” head PI coach Blake Ramsey said Wednesday morning. “We hung with them in the first half. The other team came out in the second half and it just seemed like they wanted it more in that third quarter.”
The game was close throughout the first half. Hidalgo led 8-7 at the end of a quarter of play, 17-15 at the break, and 31-22 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Kelcie Swink was Port Isabel’s leading scorer with 12 points and made it a double-double with a team-leading 11 rebounds. Swink also made five steals.
Alex Martinez also turned in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Karina Vela pulled down 11 rebounds.
“Hidalgo came out in the second half and put tremendous pressure on us and we did not respond well,” Coach Ramsey said.
Hidalgo won the freshmen game 42-36 and Port Isabel got the JV game, 29-21. The Lady Tarpons JV squad is now 8-4 in district play and 14-7 overall.
“We’re still a game ahead of Hidalgo and we’re in fourth place by ourselves,” Ramsey said. “We control our own fate. If we win both games we’re in the playoffs.”
Last Friday night at home the Ladies went in front 42-41 for their first lead since late in the first quarter and held on to beat Grulla, 48-47. Alex Martinez led the team with 23 points and Marlen Flores scored 13 for Port Isabel. The Lady Tarpons JV won 58-28. There was no freshmen game.
The Lady Tarpons will host Progreso this Friday night, Feb. 6, and will play their last regular season game next Monday at La Feria.
“It comes down to effort,” Ramsey said. “Both teams will probably come out and press us, and if we handle the press we’ll be all right.”
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