Unfortunately for the Alice girls basketball program, there isn’t time to celebrate the team’s last two victories which put them right back in the hunt for the Class 5A state playoffs.

There are many more big games left to play, including a showdown Friday night in Corpus Christi against Veterans Memorial. The Patriots and Lady Coyotes tipoff at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial High School.

The District 30-5A game is especially important since the two schools, along with Tuloso-Midway, are in a three-way tie for the fourth-place spot the standings. The three teams are 7-5 in district. Alice beat Veterans, 45-39, in their first meeting, so with another win Friday night, the Lady Coyotes can move closer to securing a postseason bid. Currently, Flour Bluff leads the district. Victoria East and Victoria West are tied for second.

The game against against Veterans is one of a handful of games left on Alice’s regular-season schedule. Following Friday’s game, the Lady Coyotes have games against West, Flour Bluff, Moody, Gregory-Portland and Miller remaining.

Alice has won its last two district games. They beat Calallen here Friday and then went on the road Tuesday and knocked off Tuloso-Midway, There Cherokees had won their previous match-up, but Alice got the better of them this time around. The Lady Coyotes won by surviving a two-point third quarter. They had an early lead already, so a fourth-quarter run helped them solidify the 43-41 win. Janelle Castillo and Alex Garcia led Alice’s charge with 12 points apiece. Cassy Cantu and Criselda Cantu had six each.

Alice coach Amanda Gonzalez said the two wins have boosted the team’s momentum, and it’s a trend she hopes continues.

“The win against Tuloso-Midway is really big for us,” she said. “We lost the first game against them, so it was good to see us improve this time around. The thing is I think everyone else is improving as the season goes on, so we’ll have to keep it up.”