Lady Coyote Brittany Slutz tries to defend and strip the ball from a Lady Matador.
Matador Efrain Fernandez takes to the air for a lay up opposite Coyotes Chase Thompson.
The San Jon Coyotes were overwhelmed on Tuesday night at home by the visiting Adrian Matadors.
It was a rocky start for the Coyotes. They scored only 13 points in three quarters of play while the Matadors tallied 49.
“The team is still getting to know one another,” said Coyotes coach Jeremy Stoner. “We lost eight seniors last year and trying to fill those spots is not easy. The team will learn to play better together and trust one another and we’ll be a solid team come district play.”
Unable to score again until late in the fourth quarter, the Coyotes fell 60-22 to the Matadors. Despite Matadors’s high score, Matadors head coach Lee Parker was impressed with San Jon’s defense.
“Their defense held us to our lowest score of the season,” Parker said. “We usually average about 72 points a game and their defense knocked out a lot of routes we are accustomed to.”
The Lady Coyotes fell to the same fate when they played Adrian.
They played hard, trying to overcome a double-digit lead held by the Lady Matadors, but fell short 54-30.
It was the second win over a Quay County team for the Lady Matadors in two weeks. They won 75-70 in double overtime against the Logan Lady Longhorns on Nov. 20 at Adrian.
Despite the loss, the Lady Coyotes coach Lacy Bidegain thinks the team can learn a lot from this game.
“The girls were rushed on offense and needed to tighten up on defense,” Bidegain said. “We played against a good solid team and it will help us. We play Roy next and we are going to concentrate on better defensive pressure and looking for the open shot and player on offense.”
The Coyotes play at 5 p.m. Thursday against Roy’s Longhorns at Roy.