By Victor Pallares
On Friday, January 29th, the Lady Eagles split two games against Monterrey Tech and Fort Hancock. The Eagles were unable to complete the comeback against the Lady Rams and fell, 38-45. Van Horn managed to pull within a few points of the Rams but could not capitalize from the charity stripe. Coach Pallares said about the effort, “Our girls fought the entire night. I’m proud of the fact that they didn’t give up even in the last minute. We managed to out rebound Monterrey with 45 boards and cause 16 turnovers.” Jadein Tarango led the Eagles offensively with 13 points followed by Amanda Ramirez with 6 of her won. Renee Rivera and Kristianne Virdell set the tone defensively with a combined 5 steals.
On Tuesday, February 2nd, the girls took on the Fort Hancock Mustangs to begin the final round of district play. The Eagles used their speed to jump out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter. The Eagles kept the defensive pressure going by only allowing one point in the entire second quarter. Van Horn combined for 50 total rebounds and forced 19 turnovers. Clare Mendez led all scorers with 13 points, Tarango was right behind her with 11 points of her own. Ramirez contributed 7 points to the cause.
The Lady Eagles have 2 regular season games left. The ladies will travel to Anthony for their final district game and host Rankin on Tuesday, February 9th.