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Loss forces Lady Deer to share district title

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Despite its first and only district loss on the season, the Lady Deer Basketball team earned a share of the District 22-6A title Tuesday night. After a 53-46 loss to Dobie, the Lady Longhorns pulled even with Deer Park with identical 13-1 district records to share the district title.

The Lady Deer basketball team fell one win short of a perfect district season and an outright 22-6A title following a 53-46 loss to Dobie Tuesday night. The two teams finished with identical 13-1 records, with a loss to each other as the lone blemishes. Had Deer Park won, the team would have clinched an outright district title.

“We picked a bad night to do not do a few things as well as we normally do. We had a problem at the free throw line. We didn’t put the ball in the basket and we had too many turnovers. That pretty much sums it up,” said Theresa White, Deer Park head coach.

The Lady Deer had 25 turnovers leading directly to 11 Dobie points, while only shooting 12-26 from the free throw line. Both teams had a rough night, shooting less than 30 percent.

Dobie took a 20-13 lead into halftime and a 36-25 lead into the fourth quarter. Deer Park pulled within two possessions a number of times in the furious final quarter, but could not grab the lead.

Jaya George led Deer Park with 10 points while Hope Hawthorne just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Miranda Romero had seven points while April Garcia and Taylor Sheppard had six points apiece.

After the game, White said her message to her team was not one of disappointment in losing its first and only district game.

“This one game, this one loss does not define what we did this year. We have to recognize we did something special this season. It’s not over. We have to go back and go to work,” White said. “We would be saying the same thing if we won this game. It’s not over. We still have to go back and work.”

Deer Park and Dobie both finished with 13-1 records, splitting the two games against each other for the teams’ lone losses. After the game, Dobie won a coin flip to determine 22-6A’s top seed. The Lady Deer will face off against Atascocita, which finished third in 21-6A with a 9-4 record, 15-13 overall. The game will be at Crosby High School Feb. 14. The time was not announced.