By: HENRY MILLER
(EDINBURG) — Kevin Kromer summed up his Donna High girls basketball game on Tuesday at Edinburg North in one word.
In fact, he followed it up with four more words. “We played very sloppy.”
Leslie Martinez scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers, as Edinburg North dominated the boards and claimed a 57-41 victory over the Bravettes in Edinburg. For Donna it was the first loss of a young season as they dropped to 2-1.
“That’s why we scheduled a good team like this,” Kromer sad. “To see the areas that we need to work on. I played all the girls to see who would do what and what combinations would work.”
Donna High struggled rebounding on both ends, giving Edinburg North three, four or five looks at the basket. Brianna Quesada led the Bravettes with 13 points and is one of the girls who came over from volleyball and Kromer said it will take time for them to get acclimated to the plays, and the different type of conditioning.
Turnovers also plagued the Bravettes. However, they did make a run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 11 at one point behind two baskets from Madison Kromer and a 3-pointer from Gabby Campos.
Donna trailed by just seven 29-22 after the first half with Quesada scoring 10 of her points in the second quarter.
“There were positives. We made some runs at them and played hard,” Kromer said. “It’s early in the season and this is a much different team than the one we had last year. We’re not quite as quick but we are a little bigger.”
Once the Bravettes got past the full-court pressure, they moved the ball effectively and drove the lane or baseline aggressively.
But the taller Edinburg North frontcourt closed in quickly and forced several poor shot attempts.
“A lot of the girls aren’t where we’d like to be right now but that’s why we have these games, to get used to one another the offense,” Kromer said. “We’ve had two good games so far but this one showed us some areas we need to work on, and we will. It’s a long season.”