The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate basketball team struggled to get into a rhythm early and fell behind against the Sinton Lady Pirates 54-46 Tuesday, Jan. 14 at home.

RFHS’ district record falls to 3-3 and its overall record 13-12.

RFHS took some time to find a rhythm offensively as Sinton built up a lead through the first half and played RFHS well defensively.

“I thought we came out flat just kind of playing on our heels, not trying to lose the game versus attacking and trying to win the game,” said RFHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Mark Malone.

It wasn’t until the third quarter when RFHS opened the half strong and got within striking distance of Sinton. However, a number of turnovers doomed RFHS’ hopes of mounting a comeback as Sinton capitalized on the mistakes of RFHS and regained control of the game.

“We came out in the third quarter and attacked them and cut it down to either four or six,” said Malone. “And I got excited cause I was like, ‘OK, here we go, we’re playing well,’ and then we just had turnover, turnover, turnover, and you can’t do that against good teams. Sinton is a good team and they’re going to take advantage of those.”

Malone say’s it hurts in big games when RFHS doesn’t have a lot of senior leadership to help the young freshman and sophomores turn the corner.

“We are playing with more poise and confidence, but we just have to put it, not in just streaks, but in solid back-to-back-to-back possessions and quit the streaks of playing really good for about 2-3 minutes and playing really bad for about a minute and a half,” said Malone.

Kaylee Howell led RFHS in scoring with 16 points.

Lilith Solis scored eight points and Jordan Malone finished with seven points.

RFHS played Beeville Friday, Jan. 17. They play again at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at home against Kingsville.

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