Holiday Classic split decision
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Despite a 2-2 finish at this season’s Lady Gobbler Holiday Classic, Cuero continues to make strides, as they conclude their non-district slate. The Lady Gobblers opened and closed the tournament with wins over Industrial (35-27) and Yoakum (40-17) with two narrow defeats to Pleasanton (42-40) and Wimberley (26-24) along the way.
As a whole, coach Amy Crain was pleased with her team’s performance through the entirety of the tournament and knows they nearly won all four games.
“I just told them how proud I was of them,” Crain said following their last game against rival Yoakum. “We very easily could’ve been 4-0. We lost some close games, games that could’ve gone either way, but I was proud of their effort.”
As a group, Crain likes where her team is at right now, as they get ready to start district.
“I think we’ve improved leaps and bounds from the beginning of the year,” she said. “There’s some things we need to work on, but these four games were good practice for us to get us ready for the different teams we’re going to face in district, Pleasanton being one that we faced here.”
Effort all-around was evident for each Lady Gobbler, as the tournament unfolded.
“Everybody’s contributing, whether their scoring, rebounding, communicating,” Crain noted. “In that last game, they had fun. We played loose and relaxed and did some really good things. It’s exciting for me to see them enjoying the game so much and seeing all their hard work pay off and them be successful.”
Wynter Taylor, Grace Andrews and Te’Era Johnson were just three of the names who stood out from a collective display of quality play by Cuero.
“I thought Wynter is looking to score more,” Crain said. “She’s our primary ball handler, our point guard. I’ve asked her to look to score more. Grace had a good game this last game, just getting down the court and getting in the right position, finishing shots. I thought T [Te’Era Johnson] stepped up this last game and just really took the bull by the horns, did some things she hadn’t had the opportunity to do, and she was confident, led the breaks.”
Seniors Katie Crain and Alyssa Rushing continue to provide steady defense and scoring.
Cuero opens district Jan. 5 at Poteet, and coach Crain envisions a wide-open race.
“Last year, there were some standout kids in our district that aren’t here anymore,” she noted. “The playing field is more level. It’s anybody’s championship to get.”