By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons hoops squad will return to district play this Saturday after competing in this week’s Roy Williams Holiday Tournament in Corpus Christi.
The district is going back to a scheduling plan, previously tried for a season, in which the boys and girls basketball teams will play at the same site on a given day. This Saturday the Port Isabel Tarpons and Lady Tarpons freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity teams will all host their Raymondville counterparts at Tarpon Gym.
At Corpus Christi the Lady Tarpons played six games total, beginning on Monday. They lost to Aransas Pass in their first game, 60-37, and then to Class 5A Edinburg Vela, 54-38, in the consolation bracket. In the guaranteed games on Tuesday, Port Isabel fell to Alice, 54-35, then beat Taft 43-41.
In their final game of the tournament Wednesday morning the Lady Tarpons lost to Rockport-Fulton, 43-34.
P.I. Head Coach Blake Ramsey said the effects of the Christmas layoff were evident, especially on the first day. “The first game we came out and played a great first half. Then, the second half, it hit us a little bit.”
“I think we played well and we improved on some things.”
One of the improvements came in the free throw department. “Our free throw percentage, so far this tournament, has improved to just under 60 percent. Against Taft our percentage wasn’t very good but in the fourth quarter we made four at exactly the right time.”
Ramsey said the overall tournament experience has been very good. “After five days off it was a chance to run ourselves back into shape.”
The team returns to district action this Saturday when the Lady Tarpons and Tarpons will all entertain Raymondville in Tarpon Gym. The Tarpon varsity contest is set for a 12:30 p.m. tip-off and the Lady Tarpons varsity should get underway about 2:30 p.m.
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