Lady Pirates Bury Lady Tarpons, 84-38

By Larry Gage
Special to the PRESS


The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons hoops squad fell into a 10-0 hole at Hidalgo Tuesday night and could never close the gap.  In the end it was an 84-38 win for the Lady Pirates, who improved to 5-0 in District 32-4A competition.

Hidalgo led 26-11 at the end of a quarter of play, 53-24 at the break, and 69-32 at the start of the fourth quarter. 

Head Lady Tarpons coach, Kyle DeMoss, talked about the positives that are taken from such a lopsided loss.  

“We use it to get the girls reps and get them experience playing against talent like this.  This (Hidalgo) is a great team and I can’t recall the last time they haven’t won a district championship.”  

Including last Friday’s 58-41 home win against RGC Grulla the P.I. girls are now 4-2 in district play, 14-11 overall.  

“As coaches we accept it,” DeMoss said after the game.  “We just want the girls to play a little harder and smarter.  It’s a learning experience, definitely.”

The Lady Tarpons have shown marked improvement in DeMoss’s second season as their head coach, but this year’s team is surely a work in progress.

“We’ve got to rebound,” DeMoss said after Tuesday’s loss.  “We’ve just got to hustle getting back (against Hidalgo). I thought we were jogging back – they were sprinting back.” 

Sabrina Gonzalez and Layni Mata each scored seven points to lead the Lady Tarpons in scoring.  

Next up for Port Isabel is a home court date this Friday with Rio Hondo, who is looking like a strong challenger to Hidalgo for the district championship.  They come into Tarpon Gym tonight with a 5-1 record in league play and are 21-5 overall.  

“They’re a really good team also, not nearly as big,” DeMoss said Tuesday.  “They’re more guard-oriented – we’re going to have to face a lot more pressure.  It’s going to be fast-paced.” 

Tonight’s game with Rio Hondo will complete the first half of the district schedule.  The second half will begin with a road game against Zapata next Tuesday, January 21. The Lady Tarpons will return to Tarpon Gym next Friday for the rematch with Progreso.  PI lost its district opener, 50-45, against Zapata at home, and won the first Progreso game, 30-25, on the road.  

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