Lady Wildcats beat the Lady Rangers in first game of the season, 61-39

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Kinesiology freshman Brittany Herrera lunges to strip the ball from fire science sophomore Jennifer Gonzales in the first half of the Oct. 15 game between Northwest Vista and SAC in Gym 1 of Candler.  Photo by E. David Guel

Kinesiology freshman Brittany Herrera lunges to strip the ball from fire science sophomore Jennifer Gonzales in the first half of the Oct. 15 game between Northwest Vista and SAC in Gym 1 of Candler. Photo by E. David Guel

Lady Wildcats forward Gabie Acosta backs into Lady Rangers guard Dee Merrill looking to score in the second half of Wednesday's game between Northwest Vista and SAC in Gym 1 of Candler.  Photo by E. David Guel

Lady Wildcats forward Gabie Acosta backs into Lady Rangers guard Dee Merrill looking to score in the second half of Wednesday’s game between Northwest Vista and SAC in Gym 1 of Candler. Photo by E. David Guel

The Lady Rangers failure to communicate results in their loss of the game.

By R.T. Gonzalez

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The Northwest Vista Lady Wildcats closed out this college’s Lady Rangers at the first women’s Texas Collegiate Clubs Sports League basketball game of the season, winning 61-39 Oct. 15 in Candler Physical Education Center.

“I got 10 new players,” Wildcats coach Daniel Johnson said. “The chemistry is getting better every day.”

Wildcats kinesiology freshman Brittany Herrera said, “passing and ball movement” were key to their success.

Herrera scored six points for her team with assists featuring confident fade-away passes in the second half.

Johnson ran his players through conditioning drills to prepare for the day’s game.

He said his team needed to, “continue our conditioning so we don’t tire out when it comes to the (last) quarter.”

The drills showed as the Wildcats continually beat the Rangers down the court.

“We need to continue conditioning drills,” Herrera said. “It helped.”

The Wildcats took the half, 29-9.

Haley Capestany, Lady Rangers coach and former player, said she needed her team to play intelligent basketball to come back in the second half.

“They’re not playing smart,” she said.

The Rangers lacked in communication on the hardwood as they continued to trail the Wildcats into the second half, but their defense was key to bring the score up 30 points at the end of the game.

“We had to really step up our defense,” Johnson said. “They play a really aggressive defense also.”

The Lady Rangers will be back in action to face off against the University of the Incarnate Word Lady Cardinals at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in Gym 1 of Candler.

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