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DISTRICT 37-3A BASKETBALL
With an 18-game district slate coming up in a nine-team district, the Cotulla Cowgirls opened league play last week, collecting a pair of wins over rival Dilley and San Antonio South San West Campus.
The two wins provide a cushion in league play for the Cowboys who sit in a tough District 27-3A with three teams that are ranked in the top 25 in the state.
Cotulla used quick starts in both outings as they jumped out to a 20-4 lead on the Lady Wolves last Tuesday. They then outscored Dilley 17-5 in the second to post a 37-9 halftime advantage. The team cruised in the second half to collect the 52-14 decision.
Giselle Castaneda and Brianna Wilson-Larkin paced the team as they finished with 18 points apiece in the win.
Miranda Gonzalez added five points and Kayla Martinez had four points. Danielle Garcia tallied three points while Jasmine De La Garza and Alinna Botello both had two points.
Castaneda aided her offensive output by going six of seven from the free throw line.
In action Friday night, December 10, the Cowgirls took the lead from the outset as they rolled up 18 points in the first to grab an 18-5 lead. They blanked the Lady Cougars 14-0 in the second to increase their lead to 32-5 at the break. Cotulla outscored West Campus 15-3 in the third and 11-0 in the fourth to cruise to a 58-8 victory.
Wilson-Larkin led the way with 26 points while Gonzalez finished with 11 points and Castaneda added seven points. De La Garza and Martinez both had five points while Botello and JoAnn Guzman each had two points.
Sitting at 8-1 for the season and 2-0 in district, the Cowgirls are on the cusp of hitting the hardest part of their schedule in league play. Poth, Karnes City and Jourdanton are all ranked in the top 25 of the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 3A State Poll.
Poth is the sixth ranked team at 11-1, 1-0 this season while Karnes City is ninth at 18-2 overall and 2-0 in district. Jourdanton currently ranks 24th with a 12-3 mark and 1-0 league record.
Lytle was also ranked earlier this season but have since lost five of eight games but sit 11-7 overall and 1-1 in league play after throttling West Campus by 83 points and losing a narrow seven-point decision to Karnes City.
Cotulla was at Karnes City Tuesday evening and returns home Friday to host Natalia. They will then be at Jourdanton on Tuesday, December 21.