As city boys prepared to begin action this week, the girls were already well into their season. The EHS boys will kick off their campaign Tuesday at Laredo Alexander and then play Laredo Nixon in San Antonio at the AT&T Center Saturday. North got a road match at La Joya to begin Tuesday and then Brownsville Hanna at home Friday. Econ will open up with La Joya Friday.
On the girls scene, the Lady Jags are 1-3 so far but Econ coach Kelly Garrett thinks that if her girls hang in there, they’ll be fine.
“I like the group, they work hard and give their all,” said Garrett, whose team started with a double overtime win but then lost three in a row. Tuesday the Lady Jags were matched against McAllen Memorial at home with a road game at Mission to follow Friday. “I think we’ll have a good team this year.”
Some of the faces are more familiar than others as the squad lost several veterans to graduation. Leigha Brown, Deissy Saucedo, and Rachel Rodriguez, in from volleyball, are getting with the program now, joining senior Jazmine Diaz and junior Kenia Gonzalez to give Garrett an athletic group of players. Stephanie Escobedo will also contribute this season.
A new addition is point guard Kassie Rodriguez, a senior transfer who moved to the Valley from Colorado. She’s shown some skills so far, which is good because returner Yvette Garza, expected to hold down the point in 2010-11, tore an ACL and is out for the year.
“That definitely hurts, but Kassie has stepped in and played well,” Garrett noted. “The way things are, she will definitely get the chance to play.”
Garrett lauded the effort of Saucedo, a junior who hustles all the time.
“She’s not really a shooter at all,” the coach explained. “But she’s in the right place at the right time, she anticipates well, and can get some steals and rebounds.”
Meanwhile, North is headed for three games in a row after an opening win at Sharyland. The Lady Coogs play on the road versus Mission, Los Fresnos, and Brownsville Lopez before their next home match, Nov. 30 against Brownsville Pace.
EHS went to the final four of the Weslaco Tournament over the weekend, losing to Tuloso-Midway by 11 for the team’s first setback but bouncing back to defeat Shary. The 5-2 Lady ‘Cats are led by Laura Torres (26 ppg, 41 steals) and Stephanie Nunez (14 ppg, 23 three-pointers already), while senior Bianca Casas has been superb, averaging nearly a triple-double a night in points, rebounds, and assists.
Soph Mich Mercelita is another cog in the sharp start as she’s put in nine points a game and hauled in 15.4 rebounds with 31 blocks.
Edinburg had San Benito at home Tuesday and then was set to travel to Laredo Alexander and Weslaco next.