This is the part of the Alice Lady Coyotes’ season where District 30-5A begins to separate the contenders from the pretenders, and in Alice’s first district crossover game, they emerged as a team to watch.

The Lady Coyotes beat traditional Coastal Bend powerhouse Corpus Christi Carroll, 48-42, Tuesday afternoon at Alice High School.

The win improved the Lady Coyotes to 8-1. Carroll dropped to 3-6 for the season.

Alice benefited from a stellar performance by senior Criselda Cruz, who scored a team-high 21 points, including nine points in the first quarter. Cruz carried Alice to a 12-6 run in the first period.

Kaity Buentello scored 10 important points between the second and third periods.

Cruz came back in the fourth quarter by hitting six of 10 free throw attempts.

Taylor Blum added eight for Alice and Kayla Escobar had seven.

Carroll was led by Kiah Barron, who after going scoreless through the first period, scored 25 in the first three quarters.

The next few week’s hold crossover district games against Flour Bluff, King, Moody and Veterans Memorial as well as tournaments in Laredo and Corpus Christi.