Missed opportunities lead to area-round playoff exit by Lady Hawks

CORPUS CHRISTI — With a bi-district win earlier in the week, the Harlingen South Lady Hawks took a step further in the playoffs and squared up against the San Antonio South Lady Bobcats in a Class 6A area playoff game on Friday at Flour Bluff High School.

Unfortunately, the Lady Hawks’ season came to an abrupt end as they fell to the Lady Bobcats 75-59.

South head coach Kelly Garrett made it a point of emphasis before the game that her players needed to rise up to the challenge if they wanted to have a shot at winning.

“We didn’t want to play to their tempo, which we got caught up in at times, and that hurt us a bit,” said Garrett on Friday. “I think we prepared as best as we could in practice, trying to duplicate their style of play, but it’s always tough to do that, regardless.”

The Lady Hawks gave the Lady Bobcats a good run in the beginning, but missed opportunities that proved costly later.

“At halftime we were 6 of 16 from the free-throw line and we couldn’t convert our easy shots, which we can’t have,” Garrett said.

Harlingen South missed a total of 19 free throws in the contest, which ultimately led to the Lady Bobcats’ 16-point victory.

Karla Reyes lead the Lady Hawks in scoring with 24 points and seniors Trisha Lopez, Cameron Del Angel each contributed with10.

Although the defeat will linger in Garrett’s thoughts for a while, she remained optimistic about the future.

“It’s going to be tough shoes to fill, but we have a good group coming back,” she said. “The future looks bright, especially with our freshman group that just won district, so there’s plenty to look forward to.”