Texico rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 39-30 win over Abilene Cooper on Wednesday at the Plateau Wireless Classic.
Cooper double-teamed Texico’s shooters in the second half trying to limit their looks, but the Lady Wolverines (8-1) were able to find openings.
“We play pressure defense and try to get after people,” Texico coach Keith Durham said. “Right now, we don’t have anything to solve being double-teamed when we’re trying to shoot.”
Both played aggressive defense. The Lady Coogs (0-18) committed 35 turnovers, while Texico gave it away 25 times.
“Certainly, that hurt us a little bit,” Durham said. “We didn’t do a good job of taking care of the basketball, especially in the second half when our kids got tired.
“We definitely need to be in better shape. We had seven days off (before the tournament) and it’s been 16 days since we last played, so that’s probably why we were sluggish.”
Texico was able to control the boards, outrebounding the Lady Coogs 18-12. Sophomore forward Shaylee Anderson and junior guard Jaylyn Cooper lead the Lady Wolverines in scoring with 11 points, while senior forward Kelsey Barnes was the only player in double digits for the Lady Coogs with 11.
“At halftime when I looked at the scorebook I noticed that two girls were the leading scorers (for Texico),” Cooper coach Kevin Long said. “We came out in a little 1-3 chase and that kind of had some effect in making them turn the ball over four or five times early in the third quarter.
“Then we went to a trap to put some pressure on Texico so they couldn’t see any cuts or movements near the basket. But we turned the ball over too much to get back into the game.”