By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – Entering Saturday’s action, the Donna High Bravettes felt that their chances of winning the Dreamcatcher Girls Basketball Tournament were just as good as the other three teams that advanced to the Maroon portion of the bracket.
On Saturday, the Bravettes saw a couple of their key girls go down with an injury and Kromer had to rely on his youth to try and fill those roles.
Their youth wasn’t enough to lead to a championship as Donna High took fourth place at the completion of the tournament.
The Bravettes fell to PSJA Memorial 52-36 in the semis of the Maroon bracket and then lost to Brownsville St. Joseph 40-34 in the consolation game.
Overall, Donna High went 2-3 in the tournament and head coach Kevin Kromer said that his team gained some valuable experience over these last three days.
“On the first day of pool play, we looked very strong on both sides of the ball,” said Kromer.
“But on Friday and today, out offensive production went down and I think a lot of it had to do with our youth and fatigue.”
“When Bridget and Celeste went down, we had to rely on some of the young girls to come in and play for those two. And even though we didn’t win all of the games in this tournament, we did gain a lot by letting these young girls gain some serious playing time. That is definitely a plus and it is going to help us as district play nears. Plus we will get those other two girls back and they will step back into their roles. I feel that when we have fresh legs and are rested, we are a pretty good team. But overall, I am pleased with the effort.”
Donna High will now prepare for La Joya High as they will face off Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.