Lady Coyotes end district race in third place; face Roma next

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

Coach Tracy Zamora didn't want to have a premature celebration Tuesday night.

So when Alice High School trainer Joey Guzman came to her with the news that Tuloso-Midway had beaten Flour Bluff Tuesday night just moments after the Lady Coyotes had taken care of Robstown, she made him double-check.

He was right and that set off a team celebration in the Alice lockerroom. With Alice's 44-35 win against Robstown and Flour Bluff's loss, the Lady Coyotes earned a spot in the playoffs as District 31-4A's third-place team.

Alice will face Roma in a rematch of last year's bi-district playoff game. The Lady Coyotes won that game. A time and date for the playoff game will be set later today.

On Tuesday, Alice used a stingy defense to help pull away from Robstown. The Lady Coyotes led by just two going into the third quarter, but their pressure defense limited the Lady Cotton Pickers to just three points in the period.

Olivia Salas led Alice with 13 and Kim Rea scored eight.

"Robstown did a good job," Zamora said. "With the way they play, if you don't show up and play your best basketball, you're gonna have a hard time with them. That's why we lost the first time we played."

The Lady Coyotes lost to the Lady Cotton Pickers, 35-31, in January.

The Alice Coyotes improved their District 31-4A record by beating Robstown, 58-37, Tuesday night.

The Coyotes have two games left on their regular season schedule. On Friday, they are at Calallen and on Tuesday, they are at home against Tuloso-Midway.