There was a celebratory mood at Pleasanton Gym last Tuesday night as the Lady Eagles recognized their parents at their annual Parents Night celebration.
The party continued in the game against Carrizo Springs. The Lady Eagles beat the Ladycats in the second half, he went 42-7 and won 52-32.
“We got a little too timid [in the second quarter] Pleasanton head coach Darryl Rentfro said. “We increased the pressure and started playing more on the toes than on the heels.”
Senior forward Sadie McQuada needed just one point to reach 1,000 career points. McAda wasted no time reaching the milestone. Only 25 seconds from the start of the game. Kiley Wiechring inbounds the ball from the baseline to his McAda, who shoots to his two Lady Cats. The ball only hit the net.
“I feel great,” said McQuada, who had 1,000 points. “When I look back at every game I’ve played in my high school career and every teammate I’ve had for four years, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”
Rentfro quickly called a timeout and teammates gathered around McAda, holding signs with her name and “1,000 points.”
“We were hoping she would win it on Friday, but it’s great that she won it in the first basket tonight.
The game restarted with Pleasanton leading 2–0. Carrizo Springs went down and knocked down 3 to put him up 3-2. Pleasanton took a 6-3 lead on back-to-back layups, and he led 6-5 as the first quarter ended.
Pleasanton extended their lead to 8-5 early in the second quarter. The Ladycats then ran where it looked like they couldn’t get away, with Carrizo Springs on his 17-1 run and the Ladycats leading the Eagles 22-8. Pleasanton cut the deficit to 22-11 and he took a 25-11 lead with Carrizo Springs another three down before halftime.
The game was reversed in the 3rd quarter. Pleasanton started the quarter with a 15-0 run to regain the lead at 26-25. After the Lady Cats tied the game, they took the lead again on a layup to lead 28-26. Pleasanton closed out the third quarter with his 5-0 run, and in the fourth he led 31-28.
Pleasanton continued to run in the fourth quarter, scoring the first 11 points to go 42-28. Carrizo Springs scored his two free throws and cut Pleasanton’s lead to his 42-30. The Lady Eagles responded with a 10-0 run to take a 52-30 lead. Carrizo Springs managed a layup in the final seconds and cut the score to his 20-point margin.
After the game, the Lady Eagles held a lengthy ceremony and presented McQuada with a ball emblazoned with “1,000 rebounds” and “1,000 points.” Makada hit 1,000 career rebounds earlier this season.
Makada led the Lady Eagles with 22 points in the win over Carrizo Springs. Ciara Garcia scored 11 points.
“Sadie helps us a lot,” said Garcia. “She helps us with rebounds and points. If our shots go wrong, she knows Sadie is there.”
Kyrie Wichling scored 8 points. Mary Martinez and Mikayla Theis each scored 3 points. Malaria Martinez and Stephanie Hernandez both scored her two points and Atiana Hernandez scored her one.
On Friday night, the Lady Eagles took a break from district games and traveled to Marion for a non-district game against the Lady Bulldogs. It was a back and forth game, but Marion pulled away in the second half to win 41-33.
Mary Martinez led the Lady Eagles with nine points. McAda scored his eight points. Wiechring scored his 6 points. Garcia added his four points. Theis, Malerie Martinez and Atianna Herndandez all scored two points.
Pleasanton played Devine last night. The Lady Eagles return home Friday night to host Somerset. Somerset won the previous year’s conference in Somerset 57-31.