Lady Cards’ season comes to a disappointing end

HARLINGEN — A capacity crowd was on hand Monday night as two of the Valley’s best girls teams collided at the Harlingen High gymnasium.

With a spot in the Region IV-6A tournament up for grabs, the Weslaco Lady Panthers rallied from an early deficit to defeat the state-ranked Lady Cardinals 56-46, snapping Harlingen’s 24-game win streak and ending their season at 34-2.

The Lady Panthers’ win avenged a 65-41 non-district loss to the Lady Cardinals earlier in the season and earned them a trip to San Antonio this weekend where they will face either Converse Judson or San Antonio Wagner in the regional semifinals.

“In the first game here, we got humiliated and we vowed that that wasn’t going to happen again, but the biggest thing that I can give credit to is obviously the kids because they got in the gym every single day and worked, worked, and worked,” said Weslaco head coach Griselda Fino.

“When I talked to them today. I told them, ‘One thing you have to believe is that all the work that you put in is going to pay off and we are such a better team than we were in November.’”

“I felt that there was some parts of their (Harlingen) game that we could expose and we did, but all the credit goes to the kids that went out and executed the game plan almost to perfection.”

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