Playing to the level of their competition is not what Fort Stockton girls basketball coach Sherman Chew is about, nor is his team.
The first-year head coach had his team locked in heading into Tuesday’s game and the Prowlers didn’t take their winless opponent, Pecos, lightly.
By the time the first quarter ended the tally was 11-0 in favor of the Prowlers and that lead extended to 26-8 by halftime. Fort Stockton’s leading scorer, Alyana Dominguez, netted seven of her game-high 19 points in the second frame.
Fort Stockton outscored the Eagles 24-14 in the second half to get the 50-22 victory.
“We needed to get back into the win column. The expectation was to do what we do and hopefully that was to win the game and dominate,” Chew said. We didn’t take them lightly and came ready to play.”
In the first half, Fort Stockton created offense by causing turnovers and creating easy transitions buckets or getting to the free throw line.
For Chew, he wants his team’s defense to be a staple of their success night in and night out.
“Defense is what we wanted to be because that’s what we pride ourselves on is trying to play defense,” he said.
Fort Stockton’s offense was led by Dominguez, who has been the team’s leading scorer this season. She added a team-high seven rebounds, eight steals, three assists, and four blocks.
Brianna Diaz also reached a doubledigit point total with 12 points, including two of her team’s four 3-pointers.
Dominguez was 4-of-6 at the charity stripe, converted on six 2-point baskets, and a 3-pointer.
Lala Mata contributed seven points while Arial Smith and Melissa Villareal added four points apiece.
Fort Stockton improved their record to 6-14 with the win and 2-3 in district play - leaving them in fourth place currently in their district.
Prowlers come up short vs. Mustangs
Since opening district competition with a win against Monahans on Jan. 5, the Prowlers have lost three consecutive games against district opponents after a 49-26 loss to Andrews on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The loss moves them into fourth place in their district - Class 4A Region I, District 2.
Fort Stockton trailed 10-4 after the first quarter before the Mustangs pulled away in the second quarter.
Sophomore Arial Smith led the team with six points. Brianna Diaz and Alyana Dominguez scored five points apiece.