By: JOHN CANNON
(BROWNSVILLE) – During non-district play, the Mercedes Lady Tigers basketball team seemed to be plagued by playing one bad quarter which haunted them in some key contests.
Now with six games under their belts in district play, Mercedes has another problem that head coach Santiago Rivas feels has affected them a bit.
“We seem to struggle offensively in the first half,” Rivas said. “I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we get relaxed and overconfident early on and end up playing to our opponents’ level.”
And even though their first half offensive struggles are a concern to Rivas, the good news is the Lady Tigers defense has played lights out in every district game and their offense eventually gets rolling in the second half.
Such was the case on Tuesday night as Mercedes overcame a slow offensive start and caught fire in the second half by scoring a combined 21 points.
As for their defense, Mercedes suffocated Brownsville Porter by holding them to two first half points and 10 second half points which led them to their fifth district win thanks to a score of 36-12.
“I got on the girls at halftime and that seemed to wake them up,” said Rivas. “They came out and responded on offense and we took the ball to the basket more. We were moving the ball around better and were more patient with our shot selection.”
“We were able to respond and picked up another big district win tonight. Now we have a tough stretch of games with Donna High, Pace and Veterans up next and we are truly going to be tested. Those games will show us who we are really are and if we can put all of the pieces together, I definitely like our chances.”