Pleasanton comeback attempt runs out of time against Cuero in district opener



Pleasanton’s Diamond Brownlee goes up for a layup during the second half of the Lady Eagles game against Cuero last Friday night. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton’s Diamond Brownlee goes up for a layup during the second half of the Lady Eagles game against Cuero last Friday night. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

In recent years the Cuero Lady Gobblers have meant trouble for the Pleasanton Lady Eagles basketball team. Entering the district opener last Friday the Lady Gobblers had won eight in a row against the Lady Eagles. On Friday the Lady Eagles came very close to getting their first win over Cuero since December 2017, but once again the ball didn’t quite bounce in their favor as Cuero escaped with a 28-24 win.

Things started bright for the Lady Eagles. Sadie McAda opened the scoring and Pleasanton held a 2-0 lead for a few minutes. Cuero got on the board with 5:35 left in the first quarter and then went on a 6-0 run before Pleasanton was able to stop the run with a layup from Diamond Brownlee. Cuero scored two more buckets before the quarter ended to take a 10-4 lead into the second quarter.

Points were at a premium in the second quarter. Neither team scored for the first three minutes of the quarter as the defenses clamped down. Cuero scored twice to push their lead to 14-4 before Pleasanton closed out the quarter with three points to cut the deficit to 14-7 at halftime.

The third quarter began as the first quarter had, with McAda scoring on a layup. That score in the third quarter cut the deficit to 14-9. Cuero pushed their lead to 19-9 with a made free throw and a pair of layups. The Lady Eagles closed the third quarter on a 6-1 run to cut the deficit to 20-15 going into the final quarter.

Early in the fourth Cuero made a pair of free throws to push the lead to 22-15. Pleasanton answered with a run of three straight layups to cut the deficit to 22-21. Cuero broke out of their slump with a basket to make the score 24-21. Pleasanton responded with another layup to cut the score to 24- 23 with less than a minute to play. That was as close as the Lady Eagles got. Cuero scored on a layup to go up 26-23 and after Pleasanton made one of two free throws, the Lady Gobblers made a pair of free throws to give the game its final score of 28-24.

Pleasanton traveled to La Vernia last night for the second district game. Results of that game were not available at press time. The Lady Eagles are back home this Friday night to face the Navarro Panthers at 6:30 p.m. Navarro was ranked 18th in the TGCA top 25 poll released on Monday.

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