It was a fitting struggle for a game that has taken on great significance the past few years, as Edinburg nipped North in overtime Friday, 62-56.
Both teams had been ripped by Harlingen South earlier in the 31-5A slate, and this one was for momentum along with the usual Rivalry Game bragging rights. EHS (6-1, 20-6) got the best of its foe thanks to a season-high 24 points from Laura Torres and a career-best 21 from senior Victoria Ponce. North (5-2, 18-11) got 19 from Vicky Pena and double figures from three other girls in a hard-fought contest at North that capped the first half of the league schedule.
In the boys’ game, EHS had little trouble with North, winning 69-39 to advance to 5-0 in 31-5A, with Aaron Olvera (22) and Stevie Guerrero (17) pacing the charge. The Coogs received a dozen from Manny Garcia but failed to score 40 points for the third game in a row.
Tuesday’s action promised EHS against P-SJ-A Memorial and North at Harlingen, with the Lady Coogs needing to right the ship after two losses in three games. Harlingen was a game behind them in the standings coming in.
Friday the Bobcats welcome the Cardinals of Harlingen to town for a severe test, while North is at P-SJ-A and Econ at South.
The Lady Bobcat soccer girls were on a roll last weekend in the BISD Tourney, gutting it up in the rain to win five straight games the first two days. After dropping one to Pharr North 1-0 they made it all the way to the consolation finals Saturday before losing to an old foe, Edinburg North. Before that, Martin Gonzalez’ group had mastered city rival Econ, 2-0. The Lady Jags made a good showing at the tourney despite that defeat.
Earlier, the Lady ‘Cats defeated La Feria, Hanna and P-SJ-A Memorial Thursday, scoring six times, including a penalty kick winner by senior Andrea Solis against the Lady Eagles of Hanna. Lyanna Jimenez tallied goals in two of the games. Friday it was victories over San Benito and Mercedes by a combined 5 to 0 total with Beckah Rodriguez having a nice day with two goals.
North lost Saturday to Hanna, 1-0, but went through the rest of the day well, beating EHS for the consolation crown. Along the way, the Lady Coogs knocked off Lopez, 1-0.