By: Javier Guerrero
EDINBURG – There was one thing present in the Edinburg High School gymnasium Friday night and that was defense. Despite winning the opening tip, the Harlingen South Lady Hawks quickly found themselves down 1 to nothing to the Edinburg High School Lady Bobcats. After getting a couple of trips to the foul line, the Lady Hawks took a 2 – 1 lead midway through the first quarter. It only took five minutes, but Harlingen South made the first field goal of the game. Edinburg High school drove the lane well and got great looks in the paint throughout the first quarter, but just failed to finish. The Lady Hawks scored 9 unanswered points to finish the first quarter with 7 of Harlingen South’s 9 first quarter points coming from the free throw line.
The Lady Bobcats finally got back on the scoreboard at the top of the second quarter, going 2 – 4 from the foul line. The Lady Hawks answered right back getting a free throw of their own, bringing their lead to 10 – 3 midway through the second quarter. It took the Lady Bobcats a few trips to the charity stripe, (going 2 – 6) but they cut the Lady Hawk lead to 5 midway through the second quarter. With 2:37 remaining in the second quarter the first field goal of the quarter was made by the Lady Hawks, who had an opportunity at a three-point play but failed to make the foul shot. The Lady Bobcats answered right back, with a pair of free throws bringing their scoring total to 7. Edinburg High School had the scoring advantage in the second quarter scoring 6 points, compared to Harlingen South’s 3.
Thanks to stingy defense and, an unfriendly rim this game is being won at the foul line. With 8 of Harlingen South’s 12 points coming from the free throw stripe and all 7 of Edinburg High School’s points coming from the foul line as well.
Harlingen South got the ball to open the third quarter and quickly scored, Edinburg High School answered right back with a bucket of their own. The Lady Hawks quickly netted another bucket and then another scoring 4 unanswered points building their lead up to 9. Edinburg High School then goes on a mini run of their own, scoring back to back field goals with 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter cutting the Lady Hawk lead to 5. With 15 seconds left in the third quarter the Lady Hawks answered back with a basket pushing their lead back up to 7. Bringing the score at the end of the third quarter Harlingen South 20, Edinburg High School 13.
In an interesting turn of events, no points were scored at the foul line by either team in the third quarter. All the points scored in the third quarter were netted from the field, with 6 for Edinburg High School and 8 for Harlingen South.
The Lady Bobcats quickly scored a pair of free throws seconds into the fourth quarter cutting the lead back down to 5. With 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter the Lady Hawks answer and sink in a bucket, giving them their first two points of the quarter. The Lady Hawks continued to build on their lead getting a free throw and pushing their lead to 8 points midway through the fourth quarter. After a Lady Bobcat free throw trimmed the lead to 7, an offensive rebound and great fast break offense lead to back-to-back buckets for the Lady Hawks. Edinburg High answered right back with a pair of free throws but, here come the Lady Hawks right back sinking a foul line jump shot. The Lady Hawks then earned two trips to the foul line going 2 – 4 bringing the score Bobcats 18, Hawks 31. With a minute left in the fourth and the Bobcats down 13 the Hawks score another basket bringing their lead to 15, and ending the game on a 10 – 3 run, giving us a final score Harlingen South 33 Edinburg 18.
“The girls have been working really hard, Harlingen South is known for their man-to-man defense,” Harlingen South Head Coach Kelly Garrett said. “ The girls were really aggressive, they did a great job moving their feet. They worked really well together thanks to their communication between each other making things a lot easier for them.”