Slow Start Hurts Bravettes in District Opening Loss to Mercedes

By: CLARISSA MARICHALAR

RGV Athletes.com

(MERCEDES) — The Donna High Bravettes came in prepared and ready to go up against their first district opponent as the start of 32-5A began on Tuesday night in girls basketball.

Unfortunately, the Bravettes came up short and lost their first district game by a score of 54-36 to Mercedes.

The Bravettes couldn’t seem to get any offense going in the opening quarter as they were held scoreless.

But that didn’t scare them away as they came back strong in the second quarter and responded with 12 total points to cut the Lady Tigers lead to nine going into the half. Melanie Arenas was a big help to her team as she contributed in a big way on offense.

Donna High’s defense also stepped it up in the second quarter as they only allowed five points.

After putting together a strong second quarter, the Bravettes were looking to come out strong in the second half and play with some confidence

But the Lady Tigers came out stronger and more confident as they outscored Donna High 33-24 in the second half and ended up preserving a 54-36 win

Jacky Flores and Kysha Saldivar were unstoppable for Mercedes throughout the entire game as they scored a combined up 38 points on the night.

Bravettes head coach Kevin Kromer wasn’t happy with the outcome and said some girls really didn’t play to their potential.

“This was a big game and that first quarter really killed us,” said Kromer. “But it happened and now we have to go back and adjust.”

“The girls really need to come out here and play and if they can do that, then we can win. We have Elsa on Friday and I really hope over these next two days, they will focus and go out there and play”