By: JOHN CANNON
(EDCOUCH) – Two weeks ago, the Edcouch-Elsa Lady Jackets found themselves at 1-4 in District 32-5A and at the bottom of the standings.
Fast forward to Tuesday night and the Lady Jackets are now at 4-4 and back in the hunt for a playoff spot thanks to a 46-31 win over Donna North.
“My coaches and I talked to the girls about what was going wrong during our slump and we wanted some accountability in order to get back on track,” said Edcouch-Elsa head girls basketball coach Daniel Richardson said. “In the beginning, I let the girls figure things out on their own on the court and it wasn’t working out.”
“We decided to go back to the way it was before and I ended up taking more control of things. We made our practices more smoother and worked on a lot more things to help make us a better team. The girls responded well and started to play to the ability that I knew they could which translated into us getting wins.”
Edcouch-Elsa’s offense wasted no time getting things going in the opening quarter as they outscored Donna North 16-4 and went into the second quarter with a comfortable lead. They swarmed all over the Lady Chiefs offense and created a ton of steals which ended up turning into transition points.
E-E continued to cause headaches for Donna North in the second quarter as their pressure defense held them to four points as opposed to seven and they went into the locker room up 23-8 at the half.
Donna North (3-5) made a few adjustments at halftime and that seemed to get their offense going as slowly they started crawling their way back into the game. The Lady Chiefs got as close as nine points with 4:33 left in the contest and seemed to have some momentum in their favor.
But Edcouch-Elsa held off Donna North’s offensive surge and closed out the game by going on a 10-4 run to clinch their third straight win.
“Tonight the girls worked as a team and did some great things on both sides of the ball,” said Richardson. “We were patient with the ball and looked more comfortable on offense. As for our defense, we held Donna North to eight points in the first half which really impressed me.”
“This was another big win and now we improve our chances even more when it comes to positioning in the district.”