MISSION – The bad news resulting from Mission’s season finale game versus Sharyland is they lost, 44-36, ending their five-game win streak. The good news is La Joya also lost, falling to McHi 43-41, thus keeping the Lady Eagles and Lady Coyotes locked in the fourth spot.
While the playoff door is still open, Mission let one slip away against the Lady Rattlers as Savannah Prichard scored 11 points and teammate Clarissa Suarez chipped in with ten points herself, eight coming in the fourth quarter.
“We are pretty good at reading each other and working together,” said Prichard of her and Suarez’s chemistry.
The chemistry was evident in the fourth quarter when Suarez scored five points in the final two minutes, both coming off assists from Prichard. The five-point swing lifted Sharyland’s lead from 39-31 to 44-31.
“Mission had a good game plan,” said Shary head coach Dale Whitaker following his team’s win, “they took away the inside. [I told the girls] to believe in themselves.”
For the most part Mission seemed to believe in themselves. As Whitaker noted, the Lady Eagles took away the inside, limiting the play of Monica Salinas and Laura Eberly. Whereas the two post players combined to score 23 points in their last meeting with Mission, this time they combined to score only fourteen.
Helping on the offensive side of the ball was Alexandra Cedillo who scored a game high 15 points, including a trifecta from behind the three-point line. Cedillo got help from Ruth Ruiz’s nine points.
Where the teams move from here is not entirely clear. For sure Sharyland is scheduled to play Laredo Nixon but it has yet to be determined where and when. Mission, tied with La Joya for the fourth spot, must play the Lady Coyotes in a play-in game. The where and when of that game will be determined sometime tomorrow.
Game MVP: Savannah Prichard, Sharyland. The senior guard was great both offensively and defensively, scoring 11 points. Nine of those came from behind the arc. Perhaps the guards top play of the game came in the fourth quarter when she garnered a steal and then subsequently took it the other way for a layup.
McHi 43 La Joya 41: If the Lady Coyotes had one this then they would be practicing for bi-district. Instead they must play Mission for the third time. That game will likely be Friday.
Veterans Memorial 47 Weslaco East 25: Another game and another win for the Lady Patriots. Ralph Cantu’s team will play their bi-district game next Tuesday against Corpus Christi Moody in Bishop.
Juarez-Lincoln at Valley View:
Sharyland 73 Mission 48: Because Nikki Rowe lost to Memorial, Shary’s easy win over the Eagles guarantees the Rattlers at least a co-championship for District 30-5A.
La Joya 61 McHi 56: The Coyotes aren’t going to the playoffs but beating McHi is a big deal.
Weslaco East 63 Veterans Memorial 62: The one-point loss ended any chance the Patriots had at a postseason appearance.
Juarez-Lincoln 54 Valley View 53: Despite the win, Juarez’s chances of making the playoffs are getting dimmer. With Roma on the horizon, the Huskies need to win at least one of their final two while Weslaco East needs to lose both their final games. The Wildcats face Edcouch-Elsa and Hidalgo to finish the year.
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