With the end of the holiday break so too came the end of the Sealy girls basketball team’s non-district portion of the schedule, owning a 1-1 record in District 25-4A-D1 heading into this week of play.
School was still out of session to close last week and the Lady Tigers took advantage with a 12:15 p.m. tip-off Friday against the Brazosport Lady Exporters, second-place finishers in District 24 last year. Despite a late rally, it was a little too late to pull out a win at home where they fell 70-29. Despite the loss, head coach Anthony Branch was pleased with his team’s ability to draw the offensive foul.
“We took charges, that was good,” Branch said. “I think we had four and nearly had some more, Kayla Camacho tried, Brylie Bond took a couple, we definitely had a charge day.”
He also saw flashes of the offense clicking at high gear, but it still wasn’t consistent enough to take down a solid team.
“We made them get out of the press early on because we got some easy looks but then we also missed some shots down the stretch,” the coach added.
To close out play in 2019, Sealy suffered a 10-point loss to the Royal Lady Falcons on Dec. 30 for the first setback in district play although sophomore Evelyn Harrington poured in 21 points.
“We continued to fight and continued to do things well, but the first quarter was the difference-maker,” Branch said. “Played better in the second quarter, got ahead of them in the third and we ended up scoring a couple more points from the second on in.”
Despite the deficit, Branch knew his team wasn’t that far away.
“We’re in a hole but we’ve got to keep fighting, we’ve got three quarters of basketball left let’s see what we can do,” he said following the first quarter of play. “We’re fine, we cut it down to 10, we were in good shape to do a better job of making sure we rebounded, blocked out and took care of the ball and got into our stuff.”
All of that helped the Lady Tigers outscore the visitors 19-14 in the second half but it was a three-pointer from Robin Robinson with just over three minutes remaining that put the Royal lead back to double digits where the final score ended up at 42-32.
“I even told (Robinson) that was a great shot,” Branch said. “That play right there pretty much put the nail in the coffin to give them the breathing room they needed because we were making it tight made it close had some things going our way but we’ve just gotta be consistent, I know we can do it.”
The Lady Tigers traveled to Wharton for their first district action of 2020 to begin this week and will host the El Campo Lady Birds on Friday night, the 18th-ranked team in this week’s edition of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.