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Lady Deer season ends in playoff loss

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer basketball team’s season came to a heartbreaking end Valentines night with a 51-43 loss in the bidistrict round of the state playoffs. The Lady Deer finish the 2016-17 campaign with a 22-10 overall record and as District 22-6A co-champs with a 13-1 district mark.

Following an impressive run of 15 straight wins and a share of the District 22-6A title, the Lady Deer basketball team came up short in the first round of the state playoffs, falling 51-43.

Miranda Romero led the Deer Park charge with 10 points, while Hope Hawthorne and April Garcia had eight points apiece. Courtney O’Bannon had six points and Taylor Shepard chipped in with five points. Other scorers were Jay George with four and Shaila George with two. Hawthorne led the Lady Der with seven rebounds, followed by Jaya George with six and Keeley Price with three.

Head Coach Theresa White said turnovers and missing early layups led to the team’s demise.

“We started turnover the ball over and that came back to haunt us and we had some mental lapses on defense,” White said. “We came up short because we didn’t execute on offense and took unbalanced shots all night long. With an athletic team like Atascocita, you have to pass and move their defense.”

White said she and the team are dejected after the loss, especially with all the Lady Deer accomplished in the season.

“We’re all hurting right now, but in my book, this team is full of winners. What we overcome, the last few years, all the losing and losing players. These kids were determined. They worked hard. They came in in the summer and in the fall and went to work,” she said. “This one game is not indicative of their season.”

She said she was still pleased with the way her team played and that nerves may have played a role in the game.

“We struggled off and on, and I think we wanted to win so bad, that we didn’t relax and just play the game,” she said.

The game marked the final contest for seniors Garcia, Price, Sheppard, Romero, O’Bannon, Jaya George and Bailey Prichard.

Throughout the season, White praised her seniors for pulling the program through dark times and pushing toward a resurgence for the team.