In some ways, the Alice Lady Coyotes’ win against Tuloso-Midway to clinch second place in 30-5A’s North Zone is representative of how this entire season’s played out for them.

The Alice girls began the first half of their zone schedule by winning only two games. They came back in the final month of the season and won six of their last seven games, including a 64-51 victory against the Cherokees in a tiebreaker game Tuesday night.

Well, against Tuloso-Midway Tuesday night, Alice fell behind and trailed by as much as 11 a couple of times in the second quarter before turning things around and dominating the ball game. The Cherokees went up early off 17 first-period points by MacKenzie Hermes.

Midway through the second, Alice clamped down on the defensive side of the ball and then went on a six-point run within a minute. With points from Alex Garcia, Jakki Barrera and Kaity Buentello, the Lady Coyotes cut the Cherokees' lead to 28-24 with four minutes left before halftime. A late basket by Buentello helped Alice stay within four.

Alice held Tuloso-Midway to only four points from the field in the third and a total of eight points. Meanwhile, Barrera scored eight points of her own, including six points of two three-pointers.

The Lady Coyotes again limited the Cherokees to four points from the floor in the final period. They made good on nine of 10 free throws before the game’s end. Alice was able to maintain its advantage by scoring 21 in the fourth, including 13 points off free throws. Alice made 13 of 21 free throws in the last quarter. Freshman Kayla Escobar hit seven of 11 free throws in the fourth to total 11 points in the quarter.

Alice coach Amanda Gonzalez said it was solid defense which made a difference Tuesday night.

“We just ended up playing better defense,” Gonzalez said. “We played good defense, kept moving our feet and executed offensively.”

Barrera, Escobar and Garcia each scored 15. Criselda Cruz scored 11. Buentello scored five and Alyssa Lazo and Sarina Cantu came off the bench and had two points each.

Hermes led all scorers with 32 points.