Lady Eagles fall to open district



Kayli Kennedy (21) drives through a pair of La Vernia defenders for a layup in Pleasanton’s district loss on Friday, Jan. 8. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Kayli Kennedy (21) drives through a pair of La Vernia defenders for a layup in Pleasanton’s district loss on Friday, Jan. 8. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Pleasanton Lady Eagles’ comeback fell short against the La Vernia Lady Bears.

On Friday, the Eagles lost 54-42 to La Vernia dropping them to 0-2 in district.

“La Vernia just came out hot; they hit two quick threes and that play kind of shocked us,” said Pleasanton Head Coach Daryl Rentfro.

The “play” Rentfro referenced happened five minutes into the first quarter when Sadie McAda got a rebound and put it back up for the two-point score. The only problem was it was the Eagles’ basket. Rentfro called a timeout.

“We tried to match their intensity right off the bat, but we slowly tried to dig our way out,” Rentfro said.

He told the team to stay calm and it was early in the game. The girls fought hard and battled back.

“We beat them in the second half, so I was pretty impressed by that,” Rentfro said.

Senior Kayli Kennedy said the slow start in the first quarter didn’t help the team mount a comeback.

Pleasanton was down 27-7 after the first quarter and the press defense from the Lady Bears took a 35-19 lead into halftime.

“Our main goal was getting back on defense because they’re like really fast coming down on offense,” Kennedy said. “And then that was just our main goal, stopping them on defense and then pressing up and running our offense.”

The La Vernia defense forced Pleasanton to take a lot of bad shots that wouldn’t fall for the Eagles.

“We have to work on shots and definitely work on ball control,” Kennedy said.

In the second half, Pleasanton went on a 6-2 run, but La Vernia finished the third quarter up 50-28.

The fourth quarter saw Pleasanton’s defense hold La Vernia to four points, but it was too little, too late. The team fell 54-42.

“I feel a lot of pressure on us, which makes us struggle which causes mistakes,” Kennedy said. “We’re not confident in ourselves when that happens, but we’re getting it, for sure. From the beginning of the season until now, we’ve made some major improvements.”

Heaven Marquez said shots not falling in the first half didn’t help them out at all.

McAda led the team with 12 points and Marquez was second with eight points.

“Our shots just didn’t fall and it was just tough,” Marquez said. “I think we rushed a lot during the game and especially in the first quarter which is how they got their shots in transition.”

Pleasanton wasn’t as disciplined as they were in the second half.

Marquez said for the team to get their first win in district they have to be disciplined and prevent playing from behind.

The Eagles opened district play with a 44-26 loss to Cuero on the road on Jan. 5. Pleasanton trailed 19-15 at halftime and 29-24 after three quarters before the Gobblers outscored the Eagles 15-2 in the fourth quarter.

Pleasanton (8-10, 0-2) played Navarro on the road on Tuesday night. They’ll travel to Devine on Jan. 15 for a non-district contest.

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