It was a great week for many of the local Big Six schools as we have seen some teams surprise us with their play and some rebound from losses. One more week and we will have a better look at how the playoffs could look.
Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the Mission Lady Eagles, who are now 3-1 in District 30-5A, tied at the top with Sharyland and McHi. La Joya has also rebounded well after losing its first two district games and are now 2-2 after stomping on Donna and Palmview.
On the boys side, no team has been more surprising than Juarez-Lincoln, who is 4-2 in District 32-4A and are coming off a double overtime win at Mercedes. Last year this team believed it was a playoff contender but fell just short. It now appears, at least for now, this could be the year the Huskies make their first bi-district appearance.
Here is a rundown of each team’s last week:
La Joya: The Coyotes had a great chance of starting district off on a solid foot by going out and winning its first two games. Unfortunately, a nine-point fourth quarter lead was erased versus Palmview as La Joya was outscored 23-6 in the final quarter. However, La Joya is still at .500 and are blessed with some talented players such as the quick Jonny Hinojosa and sharpshooters Victor Contreras and Mario Tamez.
Dec. 30 at Donna W 72-55
Jan. 3 Palmview L 65-56
Juarez-Lincoln: As mentioned above, the Huskies are the surprise team of the Big Six schools. They went 2-0 this past week and are poised to make a run at the playoffs. They proved two weeks ago capable of beating the district’s best teams when they took down Hidalgo. This past week they proved they can handle both the cellar-dwellers and the so-so teams. The double overtime win at Mercedes was a great win. Jesus Salinas was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points.
Dec. 30 Brownsville Veterans Memorial W Not reported
Jan. 3 at Mercedes
Mission: The Eagles’ struggles continued as they have lost their first two district games by big margins.
Dec. 30 Palmview L 64-37
Jan. 3 Memorial L 58-29
Palmview: The Lobos got big road wins this past week, taking down the Eagles and their rival La Joya. Helping out the Lobos has been a great road crowd. On Tuesday against the Coyotes the crowd cheered their team on as they overcame a horrible start. The offense struggled from behind the arc, but their defense was great.
Dec. 30 at Mission W 64-37
Jan. 3 at La Joya 65-56
Sharyland: The Rattlers had a tough loss to Nikki Rowe in a tough environment. The Warriors seem to take particular delight in beating Sharyland and their crowd isn’t afraid to make that known. Despite all that, Sharyland responded well by taking the Donna Redskins to the woodshed on Tuesday. Ten different players scored for Shary.
Dec. 30 at McAllen
Rowe L 57-54
Jan. 3 Donna W 91-21
Veterans Memorial: It was a tough week for Veterans, losing two close games to the schools from Starr County. In short, the Patriots are about six points away from being 5-1 in district.
Dec. 31 Roma L 41-40
Jan. 3 at Rio Grande City
L 47-44 OT
La Joya: The Lady Coyotes are close to putting their two district losses completely behind them as it has been three weeks since they lost to Nikki Rowe. Since then they have won two league games, including Tuesday’s dismantling of Palmview, 72-36. Sophomore guard Karla Trevino was hurt in the game so it remains to be seen what her condition will be like this next week. La Joya can’t afford to lose her.
Dec. 30 at San Benito L
Jan. 3 Palmview W 72-36
Juarez-Lincoln: After making the playoffs last year, it appears this is a rebuilding year for the Lady Huskies. However, Maddie Alejandro was a bright spot against Mercedes, scoring 17 points.
Dec. 30 Browns. Veterans Memorial L 47-45
Jan. 3 at Mercedes L 60-33
Mission: The Lady Eagles are off to a great start in district play. Though their first two wins came against suffering programs, Tuesday’s destructive win over last year’s district co-champs Memorial was a positive for Mission.
Dec. 20 Palmview W 46-20
Jan. 3 Memorial W 62-10
Palmview: Another tough week for the Lobos. Though head coach Juan Reyna feels his team is improving, it is going to be a tough district season. However, Gabriella Rodriguez is a bright spot for the team.
Dec. 20 Mission L 46-20
Jan. 3 La Joya L 72-36
Sharyland: The Rattlers are working their way back to defending their district championship from a year ago. A rematch with Nikki Rowe is coming up at the end of the month. Until then there are some key games versus Memorial, Mission, La Joya and McHi.
Koko’s Holiday Classic
Jan. 3 Donna W 54-43
Veterans Memorial: The Lady Patriots are playing some great ball as of late. Since their loss to Hidalgo exactly one month ago, the team has won six straight district games. Kassy Lopez stepped up big in her team’s win over Roma last Saturday, scoring 25 points.
Dec. 31 Roma W 61-50
Jan. 3 at
Rio Grande CityW 51-12
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