By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
The San Jon Coyotes see room from improvement and the Lady Coyotes are learning to play with confidence after splitting wins with Mosquero Thursday night for their homecoming.
The (8-9) Coyotes ran away with the game early against the Mosquero Pirates thumping them 63-19.
“The team still needs to work on defense and rebounding the ball to limit the other teams second shot opportunities,” said Jeremy Stoner, Coyotes head coach.
Stoner said he is confident with how the team is playing. There are only a few areas he would like to improve upon. For example, he said, Gage Conway should follow through on his inside shots and Joseph Benavidez step up his defense.
The Coyotes’ next game against Lake Arthur on Feb. 8 will influence state seeding for the Coyotes and is viewed as a “must win.”
Stoner said Lake Arthur has height and he knows they will be ready to play. He said the Coyotes will continue to practice hard to improve their play and will be ready to step out come game time.
Despite the 55-45 loss to the Lady Pirates, the (2-13) Lady Coyotes learned a lot about themselves as a team, according to team members.
The Lady Coyotes trailed through most of the game, until midway through the final period.
That was when the Coyotes put together a string of scoring runs including two crucial three pointers by Chelsea Benalley that reduced the Lady Pirates’ 12 point lead down to five .
“We learned just how powerful our intensity could be out on the court,” said Charlotte Young, senior point guard.
Young said once the team started to score they picked up their play and found out they were able to match up with the Lady Pirates. “If we could keep that intensity throughout the game we would a much different team,” she said.
Young said early on she needed to calm down. The Lady Pirates were pulling away and that affected her, she said, and took her away from her normal game play. She said the Lady Coyotes work well together and they just need to remember to play their own game.
Young said the team is young and learning she is but one of two seniors on the team and knows perfect teamwork does not happen overnight.
The Coyotes and Lady Coyotes will play at Feb. 8 at Lake Arthur.