Lady Cards hold off Laredo United to advance to regional quarterfinals

RIO GRANDE CITY — With the lead cut to just one point going into the fourth quarter, Harlingen head coach Ashley Moncivaiz asked her team two very simple questions: “Do you want your season to be done? Do you want what happened last year?”

After Harlingen took a commanding 25-13 lead going in the half, Laredo United came out shooting in the third and outscored the Lady Cardinals 21-10, and ended the quarter down 35-34 with Illeana Rodriguez hitting a three pointer just before the buzzer.

However, Moncivaiz’s words didn’t fall on deaf ears as the Lady Cardinals rose to the challenge and came away with a 53-49 Class 6A area-round playoff victory Friday night at the Rio Grande City High School gymnasium.

“We started out really good working together and doing all the little things,” said Moncivaiz. “I think Elvira (Fraga) came in and provided a little spark off the bench.

“In the second (half), what can you do when No. 23 (Laredo United’s Natalia Trevino) is hitting from way beyond the three-point line? We just had to keep on grinding and attack the basket.”

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