Lady Rattlers defeat Akins to begin district competition

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Girls Basketball

San Marcos couldn’t plan for a better way to open District 14-6A play. Trap defense, perimeter shooting and rebounds played a pivotal role in the Lady Rattlers 50-43 win over Austin Akins on Friday.

San Marcos opened the game with a trap defense that enabled head coach Veronda Kendall’s group to build an early lead. The Lady Rattlers opened on a 9-3 run and didn’t give up the lead all night. Following a pair 3-pointers, senior guard Mikayla Gongora got the team rolling in the first quarter.

“Mikayla has been with me for a while,” Kendall said. “She’s comfortable in our offense, she knows what to do and she’s shooting the ball pretty good so she’s got the green light.”

Sophomore forward Miranda Lamb also produced to compliment Gongora’s 14-point night. Lamb ended the evening with 12 points of her own, while three other players ended with six points a piece. Aside from shooting, the Lady Rattlers had success getting to the rim.

San Marcos had a tough first half when it came to getting rebounds. But senior Taylor Henderson and freshman Faith Phillips re-established themselves down the stretch. Akins was unable to get many good looks and was forced to settle for outside shots. 

“Well we did what we needed to do on defense,” Kendall said. “I would have liked to see us do a little bit better job on the boards. But the kids battled, they competed and that’s what we ask them to do.”

The Lady Rattlers saw their halftime lead of nine points slowly get chopped at throughout the third quarter. What San Marcos did defensively in the first half, Akins began to have success with. The full court and half court press forced the Lady Rattlers into some unforced errors.

San Marcos' lead got down to four points before Gongora and Lamb got hot from the field again. The Lady Rattlers started to come down with rebounds late and closed out on a strong defensive stretch. As a result, Kendall’s group is now 8-10 overall, 1-0 in district play with a eight-game run in front of them.

“We’re still improving,” Kendall said. “There’s still some things such as execution that we need to do better. Recognition, reading defenses, knowing when and when not to attack. But we’re competing.”

The next district matchup will be against Del Valle on Jan. 10. The Lady Rattlers will travel to Del Valle with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m.

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