Lady Coyotes facing G-P in area game Thursday night in Sinton

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

FALFURRIAS - For the usually-high scoring Lady Coyotes, Tuesday night's game plan of slowing things down and being more deliberate with the ball was both good and bad.

It enabled them to focus more on defense, but at the same time is kept the Lady Coyotes from getting in any kind of scoring rhythm.

Still, even an off-night was more than enough to handle the Mission Lady Eagles and the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The 43-23 bi-district win sends Alice to the area round where they will meet up with Gregory-Portland at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Sinton.

In the first half, Alice scored only 17 points, but had a commanding lead after holding Mission to only five points. The Lady Coyotes picked up the scoring pass in the third led by a six-point effort by Heather Carter.

"We were just trying to find the open man, and we had a hard time at first," Carter said. "Once we did that, we were able to score."

Carter, Janay Gonzalez and Olivia Salas each led Alice with eight points.

The Lady Coyotes were a perfect 6-for-6 in free throws in the fourth period to maintain their lead.

Still, it was what Alice did defensively which allowed them to get away with a less than stellar offensive night. After giving up only five points in the first half, the Lady Coyotes still limited the Lady Eagles to 18 in the second half.

"With what we were trying to do offensively, we knew we were going to have to play that way on defense," Zamora said. "It all worked out when we started to get going offensively."