Lady Coyotes in second place in tight District 31-4A hoops race

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

Following Tuesday night's breakdown and disappointing loss against Calallen, the Alice Lady Coyotes needed to bounce back in a big way.

That opportunity came Friday night and the Lady Coyotes answered by defeating the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees, 50-32.

With the victory and after Friday's other games around District 31-4A, the Lady Coyotes are 5-2 and in second place behind first place Flour Bluff (6-1). Tuloso-Midway (4-3) is now in third. With a win against Flour Bluff Tuesday on the road, Alice will move into first place because of head-to-head wins against the Lady Hornets.

The Lady Coyotes played in spurts against the Cherokees, but those spurts mostly went their way. Coming out of halftime, Alice led by one, 19-18, but then distanced themselves with a 10-1 run. When Tuloso-Midway began a comeback, Alice rallied with five unanswered points in the final two minutes of the period. Alice put the game away in the final period by outscoring Tuloso-Midway, 14-4.

Janay Gonzalez led the team with 17 points. Kim Rea and Reina Villarreal each had 10.