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Lady Deer top Memorial for season's first win

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer basketball team notched its first win of the season with a 30-25 win on the road against Port Arthur Memorial. Deer Park is now 1-2 on the season as it prepares for high school basketball’s premiere tournaments. The Lady Deer open the McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament Thursday at noon against Galena Park at North Campus.

After losses to Kingwood and Clear Creek, the Lady Deer basketball team earned its first win with a 30-25 win at Port Arthur Memorial. Alanyss Castillo led all scorers with 17 points and pulled down four rebounds. Brittany Tran had five points while Mikayla Bush had four. Jacky Aragon and Victoria Viaclovsky chipped in two points each.

Deer Park struggled early with multiple turnovers ending promising possessions. The team finished with 20 turnovers on the night.

“This is a young team and this is a young team that’s learning to play together on the court,” said Theresa White, Lady Deer head coach.

“Once they got settled down in the first half, they were able to use their defense to create offensive opportunities,” she said. “We really needed to pick up the defensive intensity. We had to force them to do things we didn’t want to do so we could capitalize.”

Deer Park trailed 6-5 after the first quarter, but took a 12-10 lead into halftime.

The team opened the second half with a 10-0 run that sent Memorial reeling into a time out. The Lady Titans came out of the break and answered with a scoring barrage of their own as Deer Park clung to a 24-21 lead going to the fourth quarter.

In the final stanza, the Lady Deer spread the offense, forcing Port Arthur Memorial to play chase as time ticked away. Next up for the Lady Deer is the Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The Lady Deer play Galena Park at noon at the North Campus on Thursday, followed by a matchup against at 4:30 p.m. against Hastings at Watkins Gym that same day. They will end pool play on Friday with a 1:30 tip off against Lake Ridge.

“This is where we are going to see what we are made of. This is a big tournament and it’s a lot of basketball to play and if we win, we keep playing,” said White. “This is exciting for us because we’re going against three teams with different styles. A lot of players on our team haven’t played this much basketball and seen so many styles in a short span, so it will be a challenge.”