The Gainesville Lady Leopards have struggled to find their game early in district play and Tuesday’s matchup against Aubrey was no different.
The Lady Chaps rumbled out to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 60-19 victory.
Gainesville was outscored 28-4 in the first quarter, but the Lady Leopards found their defensive game in the second quarter by holding Aubrey to four points, but they only managed three points themselves as they trailed 32-7 at halftime.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Lady Leopards as head coach Shaun Weaver was happy with the team’s defense.
“Well, defensively we were good in the first six minutes,” Weaver said. “We defended pretty well, but the turnovers got to us early again. We got into a scenario where Kat [Creeks] got into foul trouble so we had to make some adjustments. We put some shorter players in, but once we got players in the middle, we started to alter some shots.”
One of the bright spots for the Lady Leopards in Weaver’s opinion was Yasmine Peralta, who Weaver said hustled all game long.
“She started out on JV and then we had some incidents where we had to move her up in probably third game varsity,” Weaver said. “She’s a tall girl. She played real hard and she’s a real coachable kid. She’s going to work hard regardless for you. She just needs more experience. I think she’s going to be a strong help for us again next year.”
The Lady Leopards will host Celina on Friday, Feb. 1 in their final home game of the season.
Weaver said Celina will be a tough test.
“I think they are third in our district,” Weaver said. “They’re like Aubrey. They shoot the ball well, run the floor and will be in the right spot. They’re fundamentally sound. Right now what’s working for us is our zone. We’re still tweaking it like every program. But we’re starting to implement new things. We have to go sit in the zone but make sure we find their shooters.”
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