It’s off to a good start in the new District 31-2A and the girl’s basketball games have been close, but Freer has been winning with the teamwork and attitude of the Lady Buckaroos are known for displaying.

With five seniors and six underclassmen, the Lady Bucks have managed to stay on top of the district standings entering the new year.

“It’s been a very long time since Freer has made playoffs in basketball and our goal this season is to produce a playoff team for our our program and community,” Lady Bucks head coach Martina Carrillo said.

“Winning is contagious and once you get on that path you don't want to lose since it’s been at least eight or more years (since the program’s last playoff appearance).

“I’m sure these seniors want to go out with being the first group to make the state playoffs. That’s an honor itself and one they can be proud of.”

The Lady?Bucks are off to one of their best starts in almost a decade this season and according to Carrillo, the reason has been hard work and dedication.

“So far with our 10-2 record and 3-0 district mark, our goal of qualifying for the state playoffs is very attainable and within reach, but will take alot of hard work on our part,” Carrillo said.

“We’re half way through district play and we’ve already beat George West, Natalia and Jourdanton and have yet to play Dilley, Three Rivers and Cotulla.

“I'm sure they are all tough games. Beating one of those three teams left gives us an opportunity to be in the top three playoff contenders the first half of district play which gives us a good standing in district.

“We hope to make that goal possible. The girls know they must work hard in practice and execute in games to make this season a banner one.”

Carrillo said the mind set of winning is not hard for the Lady Bucks to achieve.

Nine of the 11 represented the 2008 Freer volleyball team that went 12-0 en route to a district championship and a berth in the Class 2A regional quarter finals.

“The girls know that it’s now a different sport, but they are determined to win and know what it takes to win. This is also a tough basketball district with good teams,” she said.

Leading the Lady Bucks in scoring are freshman Celeste Laredo and seniors Elisa Perez and Tessa Serna.

Rebounding leaders are senior Chelsea Rangel and freshman Avery Acker.

Others players have also had an impact on the court this season including, seniors Analisa Gonzalez and Veronica Zertuche, sophomores Echo Flores, Leeza Rodriguez, Tabatha Gomez and junior Dalilah Spencer.

The following are a recap of the Lady?Bucks first three District 31-2A games:

Game 1: The Lady Bucks beat George West 51-48 behind 27 points from Celeste Laredo. Elisa Perez added 13, Tessa Serna had four, Avery Acker four, and Chelsea Rangel three.

Game 2: Lady Bucks clip Natalia 55-53. Serna paced Freer with 16 points followed by Laredo with 14, Perez had 11, Analisa Gonzales six, Acker four and Rangel four.

District Game 3: Lady Bucks top Jourdanton 53-42. Laredo led the way with 20 points, Serna chipped in with 10, Perez had eight, Acker six, Rangel five and Gonzalez four.

The top rebounder was was Acker with nine and Rangel had six.

- Staff Report