WAELDER — The Waelder Lady Wildcats have started the district season 0-2, first losing on Dec. 17 to Dime Box before losing to Prairie Lea at home last Friday 46-15. With a team full of freshmen, head coach Rachel Tucker believes her squad will improve with time and experience.
“We’re struggling and they just got a lot of catching up to do,” Tucker said after the loss on Friday. “They have heart and they try, it’s just there are so many things that we need to work on.”
“They’re improving,” Tucker added, “not as fast as I’d like them because district is here and now we’ve started and we’re in the mix of it. I told them the other day, we got to get from Point A to Point B and we can’t take the scenic route. Whatever we got to do we got to go right through. They’re trying, it’s just going to take some time.”
The Lady Cats struggle in the first half, going scoreless in the first quarter before scoring four points in the second quarter. Prairie Lea’s defenders were all over Waelder as the Lady Wildcats hesitated to shoot.
But down 30-4 to start the second half, Waelder finally pulled the trigger and Raven Rodriguez converted a three pointer to cut the lead. Although the team scored just five points in the quarter, Tucker did see her players shoot more often.
“They have a confidence problem,” she admitted. “If they get a little pressure, they don’t want to be the one to shoot and miss. Getting them to realize that you’re going to miss everyone that you don’t take, that’s the hardest thing. They don’t want to put themselves out there just yet.”
Waelder was outscored 6-5 in the third quarter and 10-6 in the fourth quarter to lose the game 46-15.
Maely Bracamontes led the team in scoring with seven points.
Waelder’s next game is a road non-district matchup against McMullen County on Friday, Jan. 3. They return to district play at Tuesday, Jan. 7 when they take on Round Top-Carmine at 6 p.m.