Alice High School girls basketball coach Amanda Gonzalez appears to have a pretty accurate assessment of District 30-5A and the district’s North Zone.

“Really, anybody can be anybody,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the way it is this season. Everybody in the district, and especially the North Zone, is pretty even, so whoever wins depends on which team shows up to play.”

Gonzalez speaks from experience. After the Lady Coyotes had a decent run through their crossover games with the South Zone, they began North Zone play Tuesday night against an unassuming Tuloso-Midway team. Although the Cherokees were 14-11 for the season, they toppled the Lady Coyotes by eight, 47-38.

The Lady Coyotes didn’t help their cause, scoring only three in the first quarter and allowing the Cherokees to race out a 17-3 first-period lead. Alice played catch-up the rest of the way, and while they were consistent in scoring they were unable to complete a comeback.

Kaity Buentello led the team with 14 points, followed by Tayler Blum with 11.

It was opening night in the North Zone. Every team in the zone plays every other team twice. The top teams then play the top finishers from the South Zone for the right to represent the entire District 30-5A in the playoffs.

The Lady Coyotes are continuing North Zone action when they play host to Corpus Christi Ray at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Alice High School. The Lady Texans come into Friday’s game 1-0 in the North and 7-10 for the year.