By: JOHN CANNON
(BROWNSVILLE) – Even though the Donna High boys’ basketball team has struggled during district play, head coach Manuel Epperson wants his team to continue to gain experience the rest of the way.
“Literally out starting five consists of a freshman, three sophomores and a senior,” said Epperson. “We are the true meaning of a young team and these kids are gaining experience at the varsity level for the very first time.”
“And while we are going through some serious growing pains right now, the main thing I want our kids to do is play hard and without pressure. If we can do that, then the wins will start to come.”
The young Redskins played hard on Tuesday night against the defending 32-5A champion Brownsville Pace and left everything out on the basketball court.
But once it was all said and done, Donna High couldn’t pull off the win as they fell to Pace 56-40.
The Redskins were plagued by a very slow start as they could only muster up four points and found themselves down by 10 going into the second quarter.
Donna High was able to pick things up in the second as they scored 11 points to go into the half with a total of 15.
However, Pace countered by scoring 19 and went into the locker room with a 33-15 lead.
Donna High took control of the final two quarters as they outscored Pace 25-21 and looked like a completely different team.
“We battled back in the second half and played much better,” said Epperson. “In so many games this year, we have struggled early on and have to battle back just to try and get back into it.”
“If we could eliminate slow starts and the mistakes that have hurt us, I know we could be in the game towards the end of it. I believe in our kids and am seeing improvement in each and every game and that’s all I can ask for.”