By: JOHN CANNON
(EDCOUCH) – With Edcouch-Elsa head girls basketball coach Daniel Richardson celebrating his birthday on Saturday, all he asked for was one thing.
“I asked the girls prior to the game if I can get a win for my birthday.”
And after a first half in which it seemed like the Lady Jackets weren’t going to give Richardson what he asked for, they were able to completely change gears and played well enough to secure a 55-42 birthday win for their head coach over Mission High in non-district play.
“The first half wasn’t a good one and I let the girls have it at halftime,” said Richardson. “Then in the second half, the girls came out with great energy while creating turnovers with our press which was the difference maker.”
“When we learn to play with the same intensity for four quarters of play, we are going to be a scary team.”
Richardson was happy for the win and the girls made his birthday a special one.
“All in all I was pleased with how we finished and it was a good win as we re-enter district play against our rival Mercedes on Tuesday. Not to mention the girls gave me my birthday wish today.”
Nyra Jimenez finished the game with 17 points to lead the Lady Jackets while Yara Ybarra contributed with 12 points.