Play-in; Lady Tarpons vs. Hidalgo Friday

By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS

February 12, 2015

The Lady Tarpons basketball team has finished in a tie with Hidalgo for fourth place in the final District 32-4A standings. This past Monday they lost at La Feria, 48-26, to conclude the district schedule with a 7-7 record.

The top four teams in the final district standings qualify for post-season play. If there is a tie for any of those four positions then an extra game is required to break the tie if the two teams split their two regular season games.

That was the case with Hidalgo and Port Isabel. The Lady Tarpons won the first game, 45-43, at home in Tarpon Gym back on Jan. 9. Last week the Lady Pirates took the rematch at their place, 41-31.

The play-in game with Hidalgo will take place at Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy in Harlingen. The opening tip is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Kelcie Swink led the team in scoring at La Feria with 11 points and made it a double-double with 11 rebounds. Alex Martinez scored eight points and made six steals. Karina Vela had five points, five rebounds, and five steals.

Last Friday, at Tarpon Gym, the Ladies led all the way against the visiting Lady Red Ants of Progreso in taking a 44-20 win in district play. Port Isabel also won the JV game, 36-17. Haddasa Daigle and Aries Stukey led the JV team with six points each.

The two teams know each other well after playing twice already this season and head PI coach Blake Ramsey and his players know well enough what to expect when they see Hidalgo one more time this Friday night.

“Hidalgo is going to come out and put a lot of intense pressure on our ball carriers,” Ramsey said Wednesday. “It’ll just be a matter of how we respond. We just have to contain their shooters – last time we let one of their shooters get hot and she knocked down three three-pointers in a row. And it was only a two-point game at that point.”

“I feel like our defense is better than theirs,” Ramsey added. “We can stop them. We’ll just keep working on the fundamentals.”

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