Taylor lifts Cowgirls to dominant 32-1A win

Chloe Taylor (10) works her way past two San Perlita defenders in McMullen County’s 77-37 win on Tuesday, Jan. 19. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Chloe Taylor and the No. 16-ranked McMullen County Cowgirls just couldn’t miss on Tuesday night.

Taylor posted a career-high 36 points and a double-double with 12 rebounds in a 77-37 win over San Perlita on Jan. 19. Taylor also posted seven assists. The Cowgirls (17-3, 6-0) led 37-16 at halftime thanks to Taylor’s 21 points in the first half.

Taylor posted a game-high mark of 15 points in the third quarter alone as the Cowgirls outscored the Trojans 24-11.

“My dad, my coach, always says the third quarter is the most important,” Taylor, a junior guard, said. “That’s when a team is gonna come out after halftime and give it their all. So, we have to shut them down from there and tell them they’re not getting back into the game.”

McMullen County, who lost seniors Brenda Beyer, Caeli Taylor and Madison Sherrer to graduation in 2020, have preached getting better every single day in order to match the team’s run to the Region IV-1A quarterfinals a year ago. The Cowgirls beat San Perlita 52-38 in their first meeting on Jan. 2. McMullen County’s progression gives confidence to Head Coach Shannon Taylor entering the final three games in District 32-1A.

“I’m confident as long as we keep improving. We’ve got to keep coming to work every day,” coach Taylor said. “I’m not satisfied and I know they’re not satisfied, as well. Once we get through the season and to the playoffs, the hard work pays off.”

Though Taylor scored nearly half of McMullen County’s points on Tuesday, the Cowgirls had 11 girls score in the dominant win. Of their other four starters, Delaney Smith scored the most in the group with six points. Rylee Stendebach was second on the team in scoring with nine points on three three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Mackenzie Sherrer hauled in a team-high 14 rebounds and swatted away three shots.

It was a total team effort for the Cowgirls.

“I think all of us girls have stepped up a lot,” Smith said.

Last year, Smith was getting her bearings as a freshman on varsity. Now, she relishes her role as a leader on this team that features no seniors.

“This season has meant a lot to me, personally, and us as a team because we lost a lot of girls last year,” Smith said. “I knew I had a big position to fill and to prove to my coach and my team that I could lead them.”

The Cowgirls travel to San Isidro on Jan. 26 and a win would clinch the outright district title.

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