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When Juarez-Lincoln finally makes the move to their new school after Christmas break, you may not recognize the girls basketball team.
Sure, you will remember Brenda Montemayor, top scorer from a year ago. And yes, Anisa Reyna is still the head coach. However, when the Lady Huskies step onto their new court, there will be something noticeably different from the past two years: the girls know how to win.
Let that soak in for a second while the explaining ensues.
To label the past two years as long or unbearable would be an understatement. Montemayor and her fellow teammates didn't even garner one district win. None. Nada. Zero. They have been the bottom of the district.
For other teams in the Valley, Tuesday night came and went. For the Huskies, it will be a night to remember after Reyna's team took down the Lady Gladiators, 56-38. In Roma. With ease. Suddenly “nada” has turned into 1-0.
Clarification. That is 1-0 in district. Overall? Try 5-0. That is more than double their win total of a year ago which was somewhere between one and three.
The turnaround, according to Reyna, has been the change in attitude and the implementation of fundamentals, particularly footwork, which, two years ago, the girls “couldn't move left to right.” Now, the Lady Huskies can run a full court press to knock the opponent out of sync and get quick points. It worked Tuesday when the girls scored seven points in the last 1:30 to hammer the final nail in the coffin—on Roma and perhaps the past two years.
That is not to say Juarez-Lincoln is suddenly a shoe-in for the playoffs. Weslaco East, Veterans Memorial and Hidalgo may have something to say about that.
However, when the Huskies do meet up with the Wildcats or the Patriots or the Pirates, the favorites will have plenty to contend with.
First up will be the senior guard Montemayor. Possessing a deadly three-point shot and quickness to blow by defenders, the guard can score in a variety of ways. Roma found that out when she poured 20 points on them.
Helping the star guard out are teammates that can be trusted. Junior Dayana Torres runs the point terrifically by controlling the game with her steady dribble and smart passes. Cynthia Badillo gives the girls an inside presence the team needs. The senior leads the team in rebounding with 8.25 per game and actually matches Montemayor in points with 16.6.
From here on out, Reyna is hoping her team plays with humility to continue the success. The third year head coach wants her team to remember the past, to work hard and let the team’s play speak for itself.
“We hope to solidify our opponent's respect by deciding our own fate on the floor.”
That new floor will be here in less than a month. The Juarez-Lincoln team is already here.
Juarez-Lincoln Huskies Roster
1 Anyela Bell G 10
2 Maria De Alejandro G 11
5 Dayana Torres G 11
12 Brenda Montemayor G 12
20 Veronica Delgado P 12
21 Fabiola Martinez P 12
23 Carla Leal G/P 12
24 Rachel Tijerina G/P 12
32 Cynthia Badillo P 12
Head Coach: Anisa Reyna
Assistants: Victor Aguilar, Adrian Trevino, Aaron Garza, and Rene Loera
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