Lady Rattlers fall to Del Valle in second district game

Photo by Gerald Castillo

High School Girls Basketball

The Lady Rattlers were unable to improve to 2-0 in District 14-6A play against Del Valle inside the Snake Pit on Tuesday.

San Marcos fell behind in the opening quarter and couldn't climb back into the game. The Cardinals handed the Lady Rattlers their first district loss, 65-44.

“I thought (focus) was one problem,” head coach Veronda Kendall said. “We just didn’t have the focus we needed. We weren’t tough defensively and that game got away from us early.”

Without focus and communication, the Lady Rattlers struggled to break the press. San Marcos got caught into some halfcourt traps, leading to turnovers and good looks for the Cardnials. The first quarter concluded 24-7 in favor of Del Valle.

San Marcos is usually productive on offense from the field and under the basket, but it struggled against a suffocating full-court defense. A handful of forced turnovers prevented the Rattlers from gaining any kind of rhythm.

But San Marcos didn’t go away quietly. Sophomore guard Bethany Gutierrez and senior forward Taylor Henderson battled heading into the half, closing the gap to 16 points. The Rattlers stepped up defensively, only giving up three points in the second quarter.

The first-half woes for San Marcos rolled over into the third quarter as the Cardinals pulled away. Kendall understood it was not an ideal situation, but was glad her bench got some significant minutes once the game was out of reach.

“(The bench getting minutes) is very beneficial, especially early in district play." Kendall said. "It’ll give us a chance to regroup and try to come out with a little bit of a sharper focus.”

To close out the game, freshman forward Faith Phillips finished strong. She fought in the final minutes of the game despite being down. Phillips recorded seven of the Lady Rattlers final eight points due to the pressure applied in a full court defense and free throws.

“(Phillips) is very vocal,” Kendall said. “She’s a competitor. Being young, is the one disadvantage but she’s a fighter and she’ll get in there and battle. She wants to do what is best for the team.”

Following Tuesday night's game, Kendall also mentioned if the Lady Rattlers want to be successful they'll have to improve two aspects of their game - toughness and competitiveness. San Marcos is now 8-11 overall, 1-1 in district and will go on the road to visit Manor on Friday.

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