Facing District 8-3A champion Burnet, Alvarado’s girls basketball team got off to a good start in its first playoff game in 13 years last Tuesday at Valley Mills.
After one half of play, the Lady Indians found themselves with a 29-28 lead over the Lady Bulldogs in their Class 3A Region I bi-district playoff game.
The second half didn’t go as well as Burnet went on a 39-12 run to end the Lady Indians season with a 67-41 loss.
“The second half they lit it up shooting,” Alvarado coach Jenny McKinney said. “Our press didn’t rattle them in the second half. I guess at halftime they figured out they could just pass the ball over us. They had a decided height advantage.”
In the first half, the Lady Indians (16-13) slugged it out toe-to-toe with the Lady Bulldogs (19-12).
After one quarter of play, Alvarado held a 16-13 lead. Burnet outscored the Lady Indians in the second quarter but the Lady Indians still led by a point.
“We played great and they played average in the first half,” McKinney said. “I think we surprised them a bit with our defensive intensity.”
Lexi Jones paced the Lady Indians with 11 points while Darcy Pack added nine points. Jazlin Jones, Amanda Martinez and Maitlian Ledbetter each scored six points.
“This was a big stepping stone for the program,” McKinney said. “Now the girls are seeing all their hard work paying off. Things are moving in the right direction. They hard thing will be replacing our six seniors.”
The game was the last for seniors Marissa Ostendorf, Jessica Holder, Kaitlyn Sanders, Lexi Jones, Ledbetter and Martinez.
Burnet 67, Alvarado 41
Alvarado 16 13 4 8 - 41
Burnet 13 15 21 18 - 67
Alvarado (16-13): Lexi Jones 11, Darcy Pack 9, Jazlin Jones 6, Amanda Martinez 6, Maitlian Ledbetter 6, Brianna Thomas 3,
Burnet (19-12): Riana Bond 17, Bryanika Grady 16, Sarah Poe 14, Riley Scott 10, Samantha Richter 4, Danielle Lindley 3, Makayla Adair 2, Shaylah Hullum 1.