Lady Rattlers find learning experience in loss to Concordia

San Marcos Girls Basketball

San Marcos closed out the Varsity Classic Tournament on Saturday with an early morning matchup with the Concordia Lutheran Crusaders.

The Lady Rattlers fell to the Crusaders, 44-26. But San Marcos learned from the loss. Concordia played a zone that caused trouble for the Rattler offense early into the game. Guards Abigail Pena and Mikayla Gongora started to get their post-position players involved, which created opportunities both at the free throw line and on the outside for jump shots.

“Our bigs are coming along,” head coach Veronda Kendall said. “Taylor Henderson, Grace Latham, Faith Phillips. They are really developing on both ends. Offensively and on defensive end in terms of just being solid for us night in, night out. Boxing out, rebounding. They’re coming along really well.”

Henderson’s and Latham’s ability to get themselves to the line enabled San Marcos to slow the pace of Saturday’s game against the quick guards Concordia presented. Both starting guards, Kierston Rich and Shelby Sanderson finished the game with double-digit scoring for the Crusaders.

Playing against the zone is nothing new to this Lady Rattler offense. It is still an early season, but Kendall said the team is focusing on getting the opposing defenses out of position in a number of ways.

“We’re getting a little bit better (at attacking the zone),” Kendall said. “Recognition by our guards and taking advantage of opportunities inside, moving the ball, getting that defense to shift are all things we are trying to get better at.”

Kendall challenged her team to be more patient than they have been early into the year. The Lady Rattlers get in trouble when they settle for a quick shot or the wrong shot instead of letting the play open up to them.

San Marcos adjusted at halftime and started to have some success when the Rattlers started to hit jump shots and consistently got to the line. San Marcos inched to  within five points in the third quarter but mental mistakes and giving up 3-pointers proved too much to recover from.

The Lady Rattlers are now 2-4 and will travel to Austin tonight to compete with the Westlake Chaparrals. San Marcos is two games below .500 but Kendall said she just wants her team to continue to compete as they moved forward.

“I just ask them to compete every time they hit the court,” Kendall said. “Leave everything out there with no excuses. Compete. Work together as a team and compete. Take advantage of opportunities. Value the basketball, value every possession.”

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