Slumping Lady Hawks continue to slide

HARLINGEN — With the second half of district play in full swing, the 32-6A playoff picture is beginning to bear fruit.

Friday night’s contest between the Los Fresnos Lady Falcons and Harlingen South Lady Hawks had playoff implications. The winner stood to gain a game in the standings and take control of the fourth spot in the conference.

The Lady Falcons put their best foot forward with a 59-45 win to split the season series with the Lady Hawks.

The Lady Falcons were led by Ari Gallardo’s 22-point performance. Los Fresnos improved its district record to 4-3 while South fell to 3-4. The Lady Falcons will now prepare for a road game at Weslaco East on Tuesday while Harlingen South will look to complete a season sweep against Brownsville Hanna.

“We turned the ball over in the third quarter and that allowed them to extend their lead,” said South coach Kelly Garrett of Los Fresnos. “We missed some box outs and that hurt us down the stretch. There were some things we couldn’t control.”

Los Fresnos used a strong offense in the second and third quarter to put South away. At the break the Lady Falcons led 27-16 and outscored South 16-9 in the period.

South’s Cameron Del Angel scored a team high 13 points while Bianca Gonzalez finished with nine.

Despite the loss, Garrett was proud of her team’s effort and said that there is still time left in the season to right the team’s wrongs.

“There are still plenty of games left and we need to come out ready every night,” she said. “We just need to fix the little things, but we just need to keep working. I love the intensity my kids brought tonight. They fought until the end.”