Women rally basketball team’s chemistry, focus during first win against Cowgirls

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Biology sophomore Ashiely Latimore shoots to score against the Southwest Texas Junior College Cowgirls Wednesday. The final score was 73-53, Lady Rangers.  Photo by Davina Almeida

Biology sophomore Ashiely Latimore shoots to score against the Southwest Texas Junior College Cowgirls Wednesday. The final score was 73-53, Lady Rangers. Photo by Davina Almeida

The Lady Rangers win first match of season against Cowgirls, 73-53.

By Jason B. Hogan

The first game of the season for the women’s basketball team Oct. 24 ended with a decisive victory over Southwest Texas Junior College with a final score of 73-53.

“We won through focus and knowing what we were supposed to do,” basketball coach Will Dykes said after the game.

In the first half, the Lady Rangers were able to keep pressure on the ball, which helped them to remain in striking distance of the Cowgirls despite errors in communicating and awareness of the on-court opposition.

With a few minutes remaining in the half, the Lady Rangers were able to create a cushion in the score, making great decisions in shot selection and limiting the opposition’s shot opportunities with continuing pressure on the defensive end.

The score was tied 20-20 before the Lady Rangers went on a 20-5 scoring run, forming their largest lead of the half.

The Lady Rangers opened the second half with a 40-25 lead and remained in overall control going on another 17-6 scoring run.

The Cowgirls attempted to narrow the scoring margin, but the Lady Rangers stayed poised and resolved to complete their first victory through the exceptional play of three standout performers.

Biology sophomore Casey Garcia showed effectiveness managing the clock and making good judgment calls in team position on the offensive end.

Biology sophomore Ashiely Latimore dominated on both sides of the court in the low post area and showed effectiveness in range out on the perimeter.

Liberal arts sophomore Tunette Callis was a nice option in the line-up spacing out the defense with conversions from behind the 3-point line that later allowed her opportunity to slash into the paint areas.

The starting five for the Lady Rangers are all returning from last semester, coach Will Dykes said.

“Right now, I’m trying to look for team chemistry to develop.”

“In the first half, we were nervous and anxious at the same time,” Dykes said. “With fear and respect, there’s a fine line. In the second half, we had to respect their team (Southwest Texas).”

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