By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons basketball team went up the Valley to Edinburg Tuesday night and lost a 51-39 decision to IDEA Quest.
The Trailblazers jumped out to a 19-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and led the rest of the way.
“We just did not play very well,” head coach Blake Ramsey said Wednesday. “We came out very flat.”
Port Isabel never led. Quest led 19-6 at the end of the first quarter of play, 23-16 at the half, and 34-23 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The team takes a 6-8 overall record into this Friday’s final non-district game against Brownsville St. Joseph’s.
Last weekend the Lady Tarpons came out of the La Feria’s Tommy Wiseman tournament with one win against four losses. They opened with a 47-35 loss to Edinburg Economedes, then lost, 60-33, to La Joya in the first round of the consolation bracket. They beat Brownsville Porter, 36-28, in the first of two guaranteed games and lost, 35-24, in another guaranteed game.
“We played in spurts last night,” Coach Ramsey told the Press. “We just didn’t put together an entire game.”
Alex Martinez led the Lady Tarpons in scoring with 15 points and in steals with six. Jasmine Saldivar also made six steals. Freshman Sabrina Garza was the other Lady Tarpon in double figures in scoring with 10 points.
The team has two days to get ready for Brownsville St. Jo’s and Ramsey will re-emphasize defense this week. “We’re going to have to shift our focus back to defense. I told the girls if we give up 50 points a game we’re going to be in trouble.”
Friday’s JV-Varsity double-header will take place in Tarpon Gym. The JV game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. tip-off and the varsity contest should start around 6:30.
Opponents usually see a tight, harassing style of defense from Port Isabel and Ramsey will drive home the message that that’s what will be needed when district play starts next week.
“We just gave up easy layups time after time. We got lost a few times on our defensive rotations – getting on the backside and helping. If we can clean up that part of our game we’ll be all right going into district next week.”
Shooting is also an area of concern for the team and Ramsey assures that his players will spend serious practice time on that central aspect of the game this week.
“You can’t become a good shooter in a month. It takes many months of repetition and practice. If you can’t score you can’t win.”
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