Every game is like a battle for the Alice Lady Coyotes.

Behind in the District 30-5A standings, the Alice girls have to win as many games down the stretch to win a shot at playing in one of the end-of-season playoff-in games.

Tuesday’s game against North Zone leader Corpus Christi Ray wasn’t any different, however the intensity in this match-up was in overdrive. Because of the competitiveness of both teams, the contest was punctuated by hustle plays under the rim, some pushing, stare downs and the ejection of an angry Ray spectator by Alice school security.

In the end, a 15-6 run by the Lady Texans in the second quarter and a strong third-quarter effort proved too much for the Lady Coyotes to overcome and they lost by nine, 66-57. The outcome mirrored the two team’s match-up earlier this month which Ray won, 70-60.

The Lady Coyotes put together a big rally in the first period and went into the second ahead, 21-15. Jakki Barrera, Criselda Cruz and Kaity Buentello each had five points in the quarter. Alex Garcia had four points off free throws.

The second period belonged to Ray. The Lady Texans outscored Alice, 15-6, to take a 30-27 lead into halftime. Ray had another big rally in the third period to build their lead to 47-37.

The Lady Coyotes made up some ground in the fourth, pulling to within seven of the lead, but the Lady Texans held on for the win.

Alyssa Viera led Ray with 23 points. Brittany Colunga had 14.

Cruz and Garcia scored 12 each. Buentello scored 11 and Barrera had 10.