It wasn’t the prettiest game, and the Alice Lady Coyotes had trouble getting baskets to fall at times.

However, the Alice girls put together a late run and it was more than enough to beat the Gregory-Portland Lady Wildcats Tuesday night, 43-26. And in District 30-5A’s tight race, where every victory is a great victory, Tuesday night’s outcome kept the Lady Coyotes in the middle of the standings.

The Lady Coyotes improved to 5-3 in 30-5A and 11-12 for the season.

Sophomore Criselda Cruz provided a defensive spark and also led the team in scoring with 11 points. Eight of her points came in the decisive third period. The Lady Coyotes were leading, 20-15, at halftime, but then pulled out to a 10-point lead before the fourth.

Cruz led the third-quarter charge, but the Lady Coyotes also benefitted from the play of senior Janelle Castillo. Midway through, Alice led by five when Castillo hit a lay-up and drew a foul, which she converted into a three-point play. On Gregory-Portland’s ensuing possession, Castillo stole the ball and passed it to Cruz to set up another quick two points.

Alice then got a timely three three-pointer by freshman Jakki Barrera and four points from Brenda Watrin in the fourth to put the game away.

Watrin and Castillo each had seven in the game. Nadia Canales had six and Barrera finished with five.