The Pleasanton Lady Eagles picked up their first District 30-4A win with a 46-24 result over the Poteet Lady Aggies on Friday night.
The win came on the heels of a career night for senior guard Baylee Bauer. The 5-foot-3 sharpshooter tallied a career-high 21 points in the win while also getting the job done in the backcourt.
“She just played all heart,” Head Coach Daryl Rentfro said. “She led us on both sides of the court. Defensively, I think she had probably six or seven steals. Then, offensively, just getting to the basket and trusting in our offense, which is good.”
The only two threepointers for Bauer came in the first quarter and help the Lady Eagles take a narrow 11-8 lead into the second quarter. Threepointers from D’andra Calhoun and Bella De La Garza helped keep Lady Aggies close.
“I’ve been very confident since my team helps me out a lot,” Bauer said. “It boosts my confidence every game.”
The senior was held to just two points in the second, but she opened the door for a big threepointer from sophomore Kenley Miller, a field goal by Kayli Kennedy and four points from Kasie Castillo highlighted a dominant 11-2 run for the Lady Eagles to open the lead to 12 points at halftime on the back of back-toback steals to close out the quarter.
Bauer closed the book on her scoring in the third quarter with five two-point field goals and a pair of free throws for a total of 12 points in the quarter. Pleasanton finished the quarter on an 18-5 run to hold a 40-15 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Being able to have success inside the perimeter was a great sign for Rentfro in the early stages of district play.
“As it gets further and further on in district, all of those points are really gonna start to matter,” he said. “If we can get anything around the basket — if it’s [Bauer] driving, or her driving and dishing to somebody, it’s only gonna help us. And by her making those or dishing to an easy score, we get that confidence going into the next possession. It just builds, it snowballs down.”
Rentfro hopes those looks continue to open up for the Lady Eagles and Bauer is more than happy to tally the assists if it means more points for her team.
“If one of us can’t make our shot, the others have our back,” Bauer said. “So, it’s very dangerous on all corners of the three-point line and inside with our bigs.”
Kennedy was the next highest scorer for Pleasanton with six points.
Leading the way for Poteet was Calhoun with six points on a pair of threepointers. Alejandra Lopez picked up four points for the Lady Aggies.
Pleasanton (15-8, 1-2) will look to build off Friday’s win when they resume district play on Friday at Brooks Academy. They faced Young Women’s Leadership Academy on Tuesday in a non-district clash.
Poteet (3-11, 0-2) hosted Brooks Academy on Tuesday looking for their first district win.