The Ballinger Lady Cats have had a challenging non-district schedule playing all over west Texas to test their mettle against the best teams they could find.

The Ballinger Lady Cats have had a challenging non-district schedule playing all over west Texas to test their mettle against the best teams they could find.

 

Coach Stacy Smalley has remained insistent that the Lady Cats would be a different team by the time district play rolls around. In their district opener January 6 against Sonora, they did not disappoint in a 74-39 victory.

 

Ballinger would take a 9-7 lead on a three-point shot by Kinley Gray and they would not look back from there. Sonora managed to keep the game close through the second quarter with the Lady Cats up only 33-25. A 25-2 run in the third quarter for Ballinger would essentially end the game with Ballinger up 58-27.

Playing mainly backups in the fourth quarter Ballinger continued to push their lead closing out the game at 16-12 in the fourth quarter.

 

“The first one is always the toughest. But man did our post players show up today,” Smalley said breathing a sigh of relief after the game. “We were aggressive and wanted to score every time we touched the ball. I’m very proud.”

 

In the post game wrap up, it is clear that Kinlee Bowman with 22 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, had one of her best games of the year and right with her was Bryla Perkins with19 points, nine rebounds, two steals. In limited action Jessica Castleberry pitched in with seven rebounds of her own and Lexus Gonzales had four points.

 

Another big contributor for Ballinger was Lauren Landers with15 points, eight rebounds and two steals and Sydney Bowman had nine assists.

 

As far as district openers go this is as big as they come with Ballinger getting major contribution all over.

Next on the schedule was Reagan County on Tuesday January 10 at home followed by a road contest against Wall on Friday January 13.