Alice goes scoreless for five minutes in second quarter

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

Just days after their offense rallied to a victory against Calallen, the Alice Lady Coyotes struggled and lost to the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees, 62-44.

With the loss, Alice fell to 1-1 in District 31-4A, and Friday night holds another tough challenge on the road in Flour Bluff. The Cherokees, who have only four losses this season, climbed to an early lead in the district with a 2-0 mark.

Despite the 18-point deficit at the end of the game, it was the first five minutes of the second period which did the Lady Coyotes in.

Through that stretch, the Cherokees scored 13 unanswered points. The Lady Coyotes never recovered.

Trailing 31-19, Alice began quickly in the third and cut Tuloso-Midway's lead to 31-26 after points from Kim Rea and a three-pointer by Olivia Salas. The Cherokees battled back and maintained their strangle hold.

Alice played totally different in the first period to take a two-point advantage. The Cherokees used a press to keep the Lady Coyotes off balance in the first minutes of the period and jumped out to a 9-4 lead.

The Lady Coyotes went on a 9-2 run in the final two minutes of the quarter to end it with a 13-11 edge. Senior Ashley Arrellano scored five of Alice's nine points in the rally, including three on free throws.

Mariah Mandel led Alice with 14. Rea scored 12.

T-M was led by 18 points from Brandi Park.