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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Pearsall opened its week with a win over South San Antonio West Campus in a rematch from the Maverick Classic tournament and ended it going 1-3 in play at the Natalia basketball tournament over the weekend.
After losing three straight to open the tournment, Pearsall ended on a high note with a win over neighboring Dilley in the finale on Saturday, December 2.
“Overall, tournaments are for reps and our younger kids got a lot of that,” PHS Head Coach Victoria Rodriguez said of her team’s efforts at Natalia. “It’s the time to practice different strategies and moves and lineups.
“Right now the focus has to be growth and I have seen a lot of it since day one with this group.”
In action at the Natalia tournament, Pearsall faced some tough opposition and a tough schedule in going 1-3 at the event.
The Lady Mavs dropped their opener, 66-15 to Jourdanton and then 54-32 decision to Natalia. Charlotte then took a narrow 49-42 decision in action on Saturday morning before Pearsall rebounded to top Dilley in the tournament finale.
Including its win over West Campus on November 28, Pearsall improved to 6-9 for the season.
“I am sure from the outside it looks like absolute chaos, but for me I see growth in so many areas,” the coach said of her young squad this season. “I see confidence, I see trust, I see the try and the will to complete even the smallest tasks that have been asked of them. It truly is heartwarming to watch them grow.”
Freshman Jeralynn Gutierrez was named to the Natalia all-tournament team for her play at the event.
In its win over West Campus on the road, Pearsall earned a 43-35 decision despite playing without one of its top rebounders.
“We were without one of our leading rebounders, Estrella Mainez, but for the last two years it has always been a ‘next girl up’ type of season so it didn’t throw anyone off,” the coach said. “The girls fought hard and the officials allowed a very physical game, which really plays in our favor.”
Pearsall hosted Soutwest Legacy Tuesday evening and will be at Karnes City on Friday.