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LA JOYA -- In their first two district games, La Joya fell to Sharyland and Nikki Rowe by a combined margin of ten points. The 0-2 start was a tough start for a veteran team. However, since those two losses, the Lady Coyotes have responded with two decisive wins, including a 72-36 thumping of rival Palmview Tuesday night.

“I am proud of the way we played,” said head coach Dan Morales following the game, “but we still have some work to do.”

La Joya jumped out quickly on the Lady Lobos, outscoring Palmview 25-9 in the first quarter, despite losing starting point guard and team leader Elva Hinojosa to foul trouble. The slack, however, was picked up by Karla Trevino and Leyla Platas, who each had a couple of three-pointers to extend a one point lead to 19-5. The baskets were set up largely by a suffocating full court press that caused Palmview to get frustrated and throw the ball away.

In the second quarter, Trevino went to work, especially on the defensive end. The small but quick guard moved her feet well and anticipated the Lobos’ passes, turning the turnovers into fast break layups. In addition, Hinojosa came back in and scored the first five points of the quarter. By the time Platas hit another three with just over three minutes to go in the half, La Joya had extended its lead to 41-15 and would eventually end the half up 49-21.

Early in the third quarter, La Joya received a scare when Trevino was inadvertently hit. The sophomore was laying on the court for several minutes before making her way to the bench, never to reenter the game. The impact of the blow was to the guard’s mouth and will require a visit to the dentist as one of her teeth was knocked loose. Trevino finished the game with 12 points, all of which came in the first half.

Despite the loss of Trevino and the sloppy play, the Lady Coyotes held a firm grasp on their lead, outscoring Palmview15-7 in the third quarter.

Though the game was a blowout, Morales was quick to point out the hard work of his rivals.

“They played tough for four quarters,” the coach said of the Lady Lobos. “They played hard the whole game.”

Palmview was led by Gabriella Rodriguez with 18 points.

La Joya visits Memorial on Friday while Palmview goes to Sharyland.

“Big Six” Game MVP: Leyla Platas, 22 points. The shooting guard did her damage from the outside, never shy of shooting the ball.

Other Scores-Girls:

Veterans Memorial 51 Rio Grande City 12: Ralph Cantu’s is making a strong push to be neck and neck with Hidalgo. The Lady Patriots host Weslaco East this Friday.

Sharyland 54 Donna 43: The Lady Rattlers are now back to .500. They host Palmview on Friday.

Mercedes 60 Juarez-Lincoln 33: Another tough road loss for the Lady Huskies, who are still winless in district. They host Valley View on Friday.

Other Scores-Boys

Rio Grande City 47 Veterans Memorial 44, Overtime: The Rattlers’ upset of Patriots sent Veterans Memorial to .500 in district, making Friday’s battle with Weslaco East a crucial one.

Sharyland 91 Donna 21: Rattlers fans got plenty to see as Sharyland took out their two straight district losses on the Redskins. This Friday the test gets a little more stiff as Palmview visits with its undefeated district record in tow.

Juarez-Lincoln 62 Mercedes 59, Double Overtime: The only thing better than a road victory is a close road victory. Juarez got that and more and have now won three straight after losing their first two district games.

Dave Gillespie is the Sports Editor for The Progress Times. He can be reached through e-mail at

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