The Ballinger Lady Cats had a solid season and came away with a first round playoff defeat of Kermit by the score of 65-21 on February 17th. Overall the girls’ district record was 9-2 and their season record was 19-14.

The Lady Cats started off the season at 0-4 before they were able to get their legs under them with a 43-37 win at Garden City (10-22). They chalked up another win before their loss to Colorado (City) (19-14) on November 25th. They would suffer their second loss of the season to Christoval at the Ballinger tournament on December 5th and then reel off 5 straight wins. Between December 6th and December 12th, the girls would defeat Irion County by the score of 39-30, Bronte 46-19, Dublin 57-23, Winters 21-24 and Veribest 35-30.

The girls would drop a close one to the underdog Coleman Bluecats by the score of 33-31 on December 13th. The girls then hit another hot streak and won 4 games in a row by defeating Goldthwaite 23-14, Miles 33-31, San Angelo TLCA 54-22 and Sonora, 51-36.

The Lady Cats would face a 3-game span that was as tough as any schedule all season. They played Stamford (26-8), Blackwell (30-8) and Holliday (18-14). The Lady Cats fell in each of those games, although they went down swinging. Stamford defeated them 39-23, but powerful Blackwell only won by 4 points when they took the girls down 47-43. Holliday then won by 7 points, 47-40. The ladies would follow that with wins against Grape Creek and Brady before falling to Jim Ned and Wall. They came back strong and took off on another 4-game winning streak, defeating Reagan County 45-14, Sonora 31-22, Grape Creek 54-27 and Brady 35-24. They’d drop another game to Wall before rebounding with the 2nd win of the season against Reagan County.

After clinching their defeat of Kermit, the ladies would end their season with a second round loss to Bushland.

The girls played hard all season and were led by senior point guard Rosemary Delgado. All season Delgado showed why she’s a tough player for other teams to game plan against. She’s not only fast, she’s also quick, with feet that only pause for a split-second before she jukes a defender out of her shoes. Delgado has always been fearless on the court, taking 3-point shots when she was open and driving to the basket, forcing contact, when she took the ball inside the paint. Sophomore forward Emma Toliver had a strong season as well. She improved a great deal over last season with significantly more playing time this season. She’s developed into a capable defender around the basket and isn’t afraid to stop-and-pop a short jumper over multiple defenders.

Sophomore point guard Jenna Battle played more on the level of a senior this year. The threat of Delgado cutting inside or pulling up for a jumper and Martinez and Toliver dominating in the paint served the Lady Cats well as Battle patiently patrolled on the wing. Battle put up shots time and time again over defenders who found themselves too far out to contest her because they were on a double team of Delgado, Martinez or Toliver.

Martinez also put up a solid effort this season. She established herself as a next-level defender while also becoming an offensive force. She was a challenge for any player who tried to get by or through her to the basket. She will surely be a contender for All-District honors next year, especially on defense.

One area that the team improved in this year was in their transition play. In the first 4 games they let teams get behind them up the court and that led to some easy baskets. Coach Jerry McSherry brought them a long way after those first four losses. The girls gave up an average of 49 points in those losses. But they’d come back to a solid season on defense and end up giving up an average of just 33 points per game. Much of their game centered around their defense, with the ladies scoring fewer than 40 points in several of those wins while keeping their opponents in the 20s and teens. As the season progressed their offense caught fire and they started putting up 40 and 50-point games. The first-round playoff game against Kermit had them coming off of a 44-17 thumping of Reagan County and the girls would score their highest point total of the season (65) against Kermit.

The team will lose 3 seniors to graduation; Rosemary Delgado; Sarah Booher and Camilla Gonzalez. It will certainly be hard to replace talent like that but the team has a bright future with the returning players. Camarillo, Martinez and Emily West will all be seniors with the most experience. Toliver and Battle will be juniors and those two will be even more potent with Camarillo and Martinez working the floor. The team will form a stingy defense while also becoming a highlight-reel offense. Their inside-outside game should also prove to be one of their strengths next year.

All in all it was a successful year for the Lady Cats and while they will lose significant talent, their other players will step up and fill those shoes. The sky is the limit for them next year, especially with work over the summer taking their game to the next level.

The Ballinger Lady Cats became the bi-district champs with their first round playoff defeat of Kermit by the score of 65-21 on February 17th. Overall the girls’ district record was 9-2 and their season record was 19-14.

The Lady Cats started off the season at 0-4 before they were able to get their legs under them with a 43-37 win at Garden City (10-22). They chalked up another win before their loss to Colorado (City) (19-14) on November 25th. They would suffer their second loss of the season to Christoval at the Ballinger tournament on December 5th and then reel off 5 straight wins. Between December 6th and December 12th, the girls would defeat Irion County by the score of 39-30, Bronte 46-19, Dublin 57-23, Winters 21-24 and Veribest 35-30.

The girls would drop a close one to the underdog Coleman Bluecats by the score of 33-31 on December 13th. The girls then hit another hot streak and won 4 games in a row by defeating Goldthwaite 23-14, Miles 33-31, San Angelo TLCA 54-22 and Sonora, 51-36.

The Lady Cats would face a 3-game span that was as tough as any schedule all season. They played Stamford (26-8), Blackwell (30-8) and Holliday (18-14). The Lady Cats fell in each of those games, although they went down swinging. Stamford defeated them 39-23, but powerful Blackwell only won by 4 points when they took the girls down 47-43. Holliday then won by 7 points, 47-40. The ladies would follow that with wins against Grape Creek and Brady before falling to Jim Ned and Wall. They came back strong and took off on another 4-game winning streak, defeating Reagan County 45-14, Sonora 31-22, Grape Creek 54-27 and Brady 35-24. They’d drop another game to Wall before rebounding with the 2nd win of the season against Reagan County.

After clinching the bi-district championship with their defeat of Kermit, the ladies would end their season with a second round loss to Bushland.

The girls played hard all season and were led by senior point guard Rosemary Delgado. All season Delgado showed why she’s a tough player for other teams to game plan against. She’s not only fast, she’s also quick, with feet that only pause for a split-second before she jukes a defender out of her shoes. Delgado has always been fearless on the court, taking 3-point shots when she was open and driving to the basket, forcing contact, when she took the ball inside the paint. Sophomore forward Emma Toliver had a strong season as well. She improved a great deal over last season with significantly more playing time this season. She’s developed into a capable defender around the basket and isn’t afraid to stop-and-pop a short jumper over multiple defenders.

Sophomore point guard Jenna Battle played more on the level of a senior this year. The threat of Delgado cutting inside or pulling up for a jumper and Martinez and Toliver dominating in the paint served the Lady Cats well as Battle patiently patrolled on the wing. Battle put up shots time and time again over defenders who found themselves too far out to contest her because they were on a double team of Delgado, Martinez or Toliver.

Martinez also put up a solid effort this season. She established herself as a next-level defender while also becoming an offensive force. She was a challenge for any player who tried to get by or through her to the basket. She will surely be a contender for All-District honors next year, especially on defense.

One area that the team improved in this year was in their transition play. In the first 4 games they let teams get behind them up the court and that led to some easy baskets. Coach Jerry McSherry brought them a long way after those first four losses. The girls gave up an average of 49 points in those losses. But they’d come back to a solid season on defense and end up giving up an average of just 33 points per game. Much of their game centered around their defense, with the ladies scoring fewer than 40 points in several of those wins while keeping their opponents in the 20s and teens. As the season progressed their offense caught fire and they started putting up 40 and 50-point games. The first-round playoff game against Kermit had them coming off of a 44-17 thumping of Reagan County and the girls would score their highest point total of the season (65) against Kermit.

The team will lose 3 seniors to graduation; Rosemary Delgado; Sarah Booher and Camilla Gonzalez. It will certainly be hard to replace talent like that but the team has a bright future with the returning players. Camarillo, Martinez and Emily West will all be seniors with the most experience. Toliver and Battle will be juniors and those two will be even more potent with Camarillo and Martinez working the floor. The team will form a stingy defense while also becoming a highlight-reel offense. Their inside-outside game should also prove to be one of their strengths next year.

All in all it was a successful year for the Lady Cats and while they will lose significant talent, their other players will step up and fill those shoes. The sky is the limit for them next year, especially with work over the summer taking their game to the next level.