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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Leija scores 21 in lopsided non-district win over Charlotte.
Cotulla went 2-3 in action at the Hondo tournament, losing their first outings of the year as the team lost a narrow overtime decision to San Antonio Lanier in the event’s third place contest on Saturday, December 4.
“Brianna Wilson-Larkin hit a shot with no time remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime,” CHS Head Coach Randy Ramirez said. “We really played some great competition and that’s just going to help prepare us for district play.”
Prior to tournament play, the Cowgirls won three straight as they ran their record to 5-0. Cotulla crushed Charlotte 64-31, Three Rivers 56-54 and Carrizo Springs 51-34 in non-district play.
Allyse Leija paced the team in the Charlotte win with 21 points while Giselle Castaneda and Kayli Galindo both had 17 points.
Galindo and Castaneda combined to go nine for nine at the free throw line while the team shot 65 percent from the field.
The Cowgirls then used a 20-5 fourth period to rally to win a two-point 56-54 decision over Three Rivers.
Cotulla trailed by 18 in the third and were behind 36-23 at halftime.
Castaneda led the way with 24 points while Galindo and Miranda Gonzalez both had 12 points.
Cotulla then knocked off Carrizo Springs 51-34 in their final outing prior to the Hondo tournament.
At Hondo, the Cowgirls lost their opener to the host team, falling 59-35 on Thursday, December 2.
The Lady Owls jumped out to a 21-9 first period lead and never looked back in rolling to the win.
Brianna Wilson-Larkin led Cotulla with 17 points while Castaneda had nine points and Alinna Botello tallied six points.
Cotulla then lost a 57-56 decision to San Antonio Burbank as a Cowgirls’ shot at the buzzer missed.
Wilson-Larkin had 24 points in the loss while Castaneda added 14 points and Miranda Gonzalez finished with ten points.
Following the two losses, Cotulla bounced back with a pair of wins as they crushed Alamo Heights 51-32 and Eagle Pass 44-36.
After trailing 11-9 in the first, the Cowgirls outscored Alamo Heights 42-21 the rest of the way en route to the win.
Wilson-Larkin led the team with 20 points while Castaneda added 19 points and Gonzalez had ten points.
In the win over Eagle Pass, Cotulla raced to a 29-11 halftime lead and held off a furious second half rally to claim a 44-36 win.
Castaneda led the way with 20 points while Wilson-Larkin added 14 points.
Cotulla finished second in their pool and took on Lanier in the third place contest on Saturday.
The game was close throughout and Cotulla outscored Lanier in the fourth to force overtime but the Lady Voks outpointed the Cowgirls 8-5 in the extra frame to win the 54-50 decision.
Castaneda paced the team with 20 points while Wilson-Larkin added 14 points.
Alinna Botello added seven points.
Castaneda hit five three pointers and was two for two at the free throw line.
Cotulla moves to 7-3 for the year and open district play this week as they hosted Dilley Tuesday evening, December 7 and will play host to San Antonio West Campus this Friday.