Lady Eagles continue to be a work in progress

PEARLAND — No one can accuse the Dawson Lady Eagles of not giving their best effort for each game. Inexperience and being young makes them a work in progress.

So far this season, Dawson is 1-2 in district action and head coach Isabel Gomez that her girls will overcome the inexperience with the continued hard work that will help them continue to mature as the season continues.

"We need to play four quarters," Gomez said. "Our problem is that we're so inconsistent.

"You can't play two or three quarters – it has to be all four – and we're not getting that right now. At times, all the girls can play well, but other times we just don't get it done."

The Lady Eagles dropped their first district game to Alief Taylor in a close game 47-44, but evened their record at 1-1 when they beat Alief Hastings 64-44 in a solid effort.

Dawson outscored the home team 14-10 and then took the second period 17-14 for a 31-24 lead at intermission.

The two teams continued to battle as the Lady Eagles edge the Lady Bears 17-16 in the third send Dawson to the final eight minutes with a 48-40 advantage.

But the final quarter belonged to Dawson as they closed out the game 16-4 to get the 20-point margin of victory 64-44.

Angelica White took top scoring honors with 15 points while Kyra Lunford tossed in 13. Nine players got in the scoring column for Dawson.

George Ranch 55 - Dawson 46

Dawson had a strong first half against the George Ranch Lady Longhorns in a 23-6A contest, but couldn't maintain the momentum in the second half leaving the Lady Eagles at 1-2 in the league standings.

The game was relatively close until the game got away from the Lady Eagles in the third quarter when George Ranch outscored Dawson 17-4 sending the two teams into the final eight minutes with the Lady Eagles trailing 42-31.

Dawson actually led at halftime 27-25 after leading the first period18-13. A 12-9 second quarter brought the Lady Horns close at intermission.

The Lady Eagles continued to battle in the final quarter edging George Ranch 15-13, but they simply ran out of time as they couldn't overcome the anemic offensive showing in the third frame.

Dawson was led on offense by Sydni John-Baptiste with 12 points while Kyra Lunsford tossed in 11.

The Lady Eagles were only 7-of-18 from the free throw line in the loss.

"If I could snap my fingers for us to play four quarters every night, I'd do it," Gomez said. "I wish I knew which team was going to show up each night.

"The girls have what it takes to win. It's just a matter of us doing the right things for 32 minutes."