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Lady Deer fall in close game, boys winning streak snapped (w/Gallery)

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer basketball team lost a nail-biter at home Friday night to Beaumont Westbrook. Meanwhile, the boys basketball team had its 19-game winning streak snapped on the road at the hands of Westbrook. Next up for Deer Park basketball is South Houston.

BellowvsWBDeer Park's Enriqua Bellow breaks away from the Westbrook defense during the team's 41-40 loss to the Lady Bruins. Click on the image for a gallery of the action from Deer Park Photos! Photo by Andrew Pressley/Deer Park Photos. The Lady Deer basketball team was defeated by Beaumont Westbrook on Friday night with a final score of 41-40.

The game started off with the Lady Deer moving the ball around well offensively, and protecting the ball as well. The true story of the first quarter was the defense from both Deer Park and Westbrook, which is why the score remained so tight.

The second quarter kept up the physical defensive play, however, this sent Westbrook to the free throw line. The Lady Bruins capitalized on these opportunities were able to maintain a decent lead. The Lady Deer rallied late in the final minutes before halftime and went on a 6-0 run to bring the game back into reach. Westbrook managed to quiet the Deer and score some late points of their own to hold on to their lead and end the half with a score of 19-17.

The Lady Deer came out in the third quarter playing fast, but Westbrook adjusted well and overcame Deer Park's speed to go on 6-0 run. This effective offensive run by Westbrook put momentum on their side, and the Lady Deer started making mistakes on offense by turning the ball over which dug them into a deeper hole. Deer park would correct themselves after a couple of possessions ending in turnovers, and the Lady Deer answered Westbrook's points with buckets of their own.

The Deer defense woke up, and created turnovers of their own while their offense used these extra possessions wisely to go on 4-0 run and make it a one-possession game again. Unfortunately for Deer Park, their strong defensive play did not come without negative consequence, as Westbrook was sent to the free throw line late in the quarter. These free throws allowed Westbrook to extend their lead going into the final quarter of the game.

Deer Park answered those late third quarter points by Westbrook with a very strong offensive run, managing to take control of the game by going on a 7-0 run that lasted the whole first half of the final quarter, and gave the Lady Deer the lead. Westbrook managed to the game, but Deer Park free throws allowed them to gain the lead. Westbrook answered with free throws of their own, as both teams would trade blows with each other, not allowing for any lead to last long.

Deer Park senior guard Alanyss Castillo said the team must stay focused as the season progresses and the Lady Deer encounter tough situations .

"You just have to have your head in the game, and be ready at all times while not playing nervously. It's very energetic and fast paced, especially when the game is on the line like it was tonight. Everything we do counts. I wish we could've got the win tonight but we just gotta get back to work in practice and make sure we learn from these mistakes," Castillo said.

The Lady Deer defense stepped up, taking the ball away from Westbrook and converting these steals into a 4-0 run. However, Westbrook answered back, finding a hole in the Lady Deer defense to score and then making a free throw to make it a one point game at 40-39. With less than a minute remaining, Westbrook intercepted an inbound pass by the Lady Deer and managed to take it coast to coast for the winning lay-up. The Lady Deer couldn't answer Westbrook with the few seconds that remained, and the game would end 41-40 in Westbrook's favor.

Enriqua Bellow led Deer Park with 17 points, while Shaila George helped the cause with a game-high six rebounds.

With this loss comes a harder challenge for the Lady Deer's playoff chances.

"We just have to come back from this and go to work and see where we end up. We've dug ourselves in a hole and gonna have to hope other teams step up and things go in our favor, while taking care of the games that we can take care of. We're struggling, but we live to see another day and we're going to use that day to get to work and give ourselves the best chance we can get in order to get into the post-season," said Deer Park Head Coach Theresa White.

On the boys side, the Deer had their 19-game winning streak snapped by the Bruins in a 58-39 loss on the road.

Tristan Ikpe recorded a double-double for the Deer with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Cade Parham had 8 points while Brad Milliorn and Garret Pineault had six points apiece. Deer Park’s record is now 22-5 (6-1) as they prepare to go through the second half of the District 22-6A schedule.

The Lady Deer will be at home while the boys travel to the Trojans on Tuesday. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip off.