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2012-02-01 / Sports

State ranked and on a roll

# 10 Cowgirls nearing 32-1A crown
ERIC SMITH
SPORTS EDITOR


McMullen County Cowgirl concentrates as she puts up a free throw during their 32-1A game against San Perlita. The Cowgirls are en route to their second straight district title. 
JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS McMullen County Cowgirl concentrates as she puts up a free throw during their 32-1A game against San Perlita. The Cowgirls are en route to their second straight district title. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS The # 10 state ranked McMullen County Cowgirls continued to take care of business, as they captured two more district 32-1A (Div.II) victories. The Ben Bolt Lady Badgers and the San Perlita Trojans were the most recent victims of the streaking Cowgirls who extended their winning streak to eight straight games. The Cowgirls improve to an impressive 22-4 (8-0).

A victory on press night against C.C. Prep would all but secure at least a part of the District 32-1A Championship for this ball club. In their first meeting, the Cowgirls ran away with a victory over this ball club, so this was a favorable home contest. Recent success finally caught the eye of a couple of high school girls basketball polls. This week, the Texas Girls Coaches Association has the Cowgirls state ranked at # 10, as the Texas Basketball Coaches Association has them at # 16. In the end, ranks are only #s, but credit is due here for Coach Taylor and the Cowgirls. Last season the Cowgirls won district and fell to Round Top Carmine in the Area Playoffs.

Bruni- Last Tuesday night, the Cowgirls were on their game plan against the Lady Badgers. McMullen County set the tone early, as they led 23-2 after one quarter of action. Things never were close, as the Cowgirls blasted the Lady Bagders 65-22.

“We jumped on them quickly and played well. Our defense has been really good the last few games and we hope that continues. Our guards did a great job of pressuring all night and our post did a good job of rotating in our press which led to steals,” stated Coach Tony Taylor.

Scoring- Hailey Ruiz 14, Danielle Dawson, Anna Castren, Destinee Thomas and Allie Donnell 9 each, Jasmyn Smith 6, Mamie Shelton 5 and Lidia McBee 4.

San Perlita- Thursday night, McMullen County Gym got to see the Cowgirls look phenomenal on the defensive side of things once again. After defeating the Trojans from San Perlita by just four points in their first meeting, the Cowgirls were focused at home.

The Cowgirls came out on fire in the first quarter, as they outscored them 17-6 in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cowgirls were edged 10- 9, but still managed to hold a 26-16 lead at the half.



In the second half, the Cowgirls used an 8-6 third quarter and an impressive 21-5 fourth quarter to pull away with a dominating and impressive 55-21 victory.

“We played much better this time around. We only beat them by four at their place, but we played with a sense of urgency and purpose tonight. I thought our defensive pressure was outstanding by every team member. There were several times when we made them pick up the ball and we had all five girls playing hard denial which was good to see. It was a great team win by our Cowgirls. Our post players have been playing well in district and Coach Dawson has done a good job with them,” stated Coach Taylor.

Scoring- Mamie Shelton 18, Destinee Thomas and Jasmyn Smith 7, Allie Donnell and Hayley Ruiz 6, Danielle Dawson 5, Lidia McBee and Anna Castren 3.

Upcoming Games- The Cowgirls will battle the Lasara Lions on the road on Friday night. As of press time, Lasara was the closest team to McMullen County in the standings, just a game back. A victory on Friday would secure an outright district championship. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 6th the Cowgirls travel to Victoria to face Victoria Christian Academy in a non-district game which will be the final regular season game of the season.

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