Lady Coyotes to play either Beeville, Weslaco

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

SINTON - Alice coach Tracy Zamora developed a theory early this season to explain her team's string of Tuesday night losses. She concluded that her team didn't play well with only limited preparation.

Well, she was wrong. Playing only two days after beating the Mission Eagles in the first round of the playoffs, the Lady Coyotes showed no wear or tear in a 64-49 victory against the rested Gregory-Portland Lady Wildcats Thursday night in front of a packed Sinton High School gym.

The Lady Coyotes will now advance to the third round of the postseason where they will meet either Beeville or Weslaco in the Class 4A Region IV quarterfinal playoff game.

The Lady Wildcats, who were playing in their first game of the 2007 playoffs following a first-round bye, finish the season 25-12. The Lady Wildcats improved to 25-10.

For Alice, it was their third meeting against Gregory-Portland this season. After splitting those two games, the Lady Coyotes managed to control most of Thursday night's game.

With their fast-moving potent offense, the Lady Coyotes turned a close 12-12 game into a one-sided affair. The shift in momentum was led by a string of nine-points by Ashley Arrellano, who finished the game with a team-high 16 points.

Arellano's efforts fueled a 19-2 run by the Lady Coyotes which enabled them to build a comfortable 31-14 lead in the second period.

Alice cruised the rest of the way and finished strong by outscoring Gregory-Portland, 18-11, in the fourth period.

Others leading Alice in scoring included Janay Gonzalez with 14 points, Reina Villarreal with 11 and Kim Rea and Olivia Salas with eight points each.