Lady Eagles stymie rival Poteet for 1st district win

POTEET—The Poteet girls basketball team could not get anything going Friday night against Pleasanton. The Lady Eagles made sure of it.

The Lady Aggies shot 11 percent and lost 46-21 at a standing-room-only home gym to give Pleasanton its first district win of the season. The Lady Eagles held Poteet scoreless in two quarters in the blowout victory that sent Pleasanton to 1-1 in District 30-4A action.

“[Defense] was the focus going into the game,” Lady Eagles coach Daryl Rentfro said. “I told them, ‘We’re going to win this game by playing defense.’”

Senior Aubrey Guerra scored the first six points of the game and finished with a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Pleasanton led 8-0 after the first quarter and went up by as many as 13 in the first half.

“Moving [Guerra] from a wing and post from last year to a primary ball handler has been a world of difference,” Rentfro said. “Just her ability to take girls off the dribble and then find the open girl is what is really driving our offense this year. It’s nice to see a 1,000-point scorer that also likes to pass the ball. She’s very unselfish and tries to make her teammates better.”

Natalie Lozano, who tied for a team-high six points, pulled the Lady Aggies within 10-5 on Poteet’s first field goal of the game with 6:38 before halftime, but the Lady Eagles answered with an 8-0 run that included a pair of 3-pointers from Guerra.

The Lady Aggies trailed by 10 at halftime before another scoreless period to start the second half. Pleasanton led 36-14 entering the fourth quarter and went up by as many as 28.

Ten Lady Eagles scored on the night as Rentfro emptied his bench late in the game. Santana Huron and Kathleen Valadez each scored six for Pleasanton, which improved to .500 on the season.

Sophomore D’andra Calhoun had six points for Poteet. The Lady Aggies have lost seven straight, averaging 26.4 points during the streak.

Poteet had an open date and will face Somerset on the road Friday. The Lady Eagles had their home matchup with Somerset rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday because of adverse traveling conditions caused by Tuesday’s inclement winter weather.

“I hope we keep building off this,” Rentfro said. “During that middle part of the year it kind of drug on and we were dropping games, but it’s good to see all that hard work is hopefully paying off to take us through district and hopefully into the playoffs.”

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