Alice High School junior Criselda Cruz scored 24 points to help the Lady Coyotes to a 50-42 victory against the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees Friday night.

The win was especially important to the Alice girls since it put the team back in the win column after losing to Calallen Thursday. The win also puts the Lady Coyotes in a four-way tie for second place in District 30-5A’a North Zone.

Cruz scored 24 points, including eight in the first period and 11 in the second.

Kayla Escobar scored 11 points. Six of her point total came in the deciding fourth period in which Alice pulled ahead for good by outscoring the Cherokees, 13-10.

Senior Kaity Buentello scored eight points, five of which came in the second.

The win came a day after Alice was beaten, 56-48, on the road in a make-up game against Calallen Thursday night. The game was supposed to be played Tuesday but the arctic front forced school officials to postpone the game. Cruz led Alice in scoring with 27 points. She hit seven of eight free throw attempts.

The Lady Coyotes are back on the court Tuesday night on the road at Corpus Christi Ray High School.