The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate basketball team ended its season Tuesday, Feb. 11 after a 42-30 loss to the Beeville Lady Trojans at home.
RFHS ends the season with a district record of 5-9 and an overall record of 15-18.
The Lady Pirates finish the District 31-4A season in fifth place behind first place Beeville, then Sinton, Robstown, and West Oso.
Against Beeville, RFHS trailed the Lady Trojans early after hitting a succession of three point field goals. RFHS fought but could not get close enough to Beeville as they steadily held on to at least 10 point lead throughout the game.
Kaylee Howell and Jordan Malone led RFHS in scoring with 12 points each.
The Lady Pirates will lose only one senior this year in guard Molly Frost. RFHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Mark Malone praised Frost’s role as a leader for this year’s team. She was the only upperclassman. Besides Frost, every varsity Lady Pirate is currently a freshman or sophomore.
“I saw her (Molly) only one time during the summer and then got to watch her play volleyball and she’s an amazing volleyball player,” said M. Malone. “When she came out to basketball, she put everything on the line, practiced hard every day and made a commitment to the team. She’s an inspirational leader; not only through her words but in her actions to her teammates and the way she handles herself. I can’t say enough about her as a person.”
Looking forward, the future looks bright for the Lady Pirate basketball team. The program will also still be very young; currently, it does not have a junior player on the junior varsity or varsity team.
“Most of the teams that we’re playing right now are senior loaded, and we’re not, and we’re competing in every game,” said M. Malone. “We’re going to come back stronger and be somebody that could say maybe we’re competing for a district championship next year.”
M. Malone has only been involved in the program since July 2019. He will now be able to establish a full off-season of training heading into his second season.
“It’s going to be a big thing, having an offseason. Having a summer program,” said M. Malone. “Talking about it from a girls coordinator standpoint, being able to make the weight room available for the girls and have a program they can call their own with strength and conditioning, those are all going to benefit not only basketball, but our girl athletes in general. I’m excited about that and I’m excited for the spring.”