The Flour Bluff Lady Hornets know a thing or two about playing good basketball; after all, they’re less than a season removed from playing in the Class 5A state championship earlier this year.

They played like a dominant team when they squared off against the Alice Lady Coyotes Tuesday afternoon in Flour Bluff. 

The Lady Hornets used a pressure defense to keep the Lady Coyotes from getting anything going, and it paid off. Flour Bluff handed Alice only its second loss of the 2017-18 season, 59-36.

Alice’s usual fast-paced offense was slowed and that allowed Flour Bluff to pull away. Coach Amanda Gonzalez said The Lady Hornets defensive pressure was unlike anything her team has seen this season. He also hopes tournament games expose Alice to more defenses.

“We didn’t play like I know we can,” Gonzalez said. “We took a lot of shots, but nothing was falling for us, so a lot of shooting in practice today. They are good at putting pressure. Hopefully, we get that this tournament so we can get better.”

Criselda Cruz led Alice with 14 points, while former Flour Bluff starter Taylor Blum scored 13. 

Flour Bluff improved to 7-3, while Alice dropped to 8-2. The Lady Coyotes are in tournament play this weekend in Laredo. Alice is at home against Corpus Christi King Tuesday.