Nora Carrasco had her arm around her younger sister, Nova, after she scored 10 points Monday for the Alpine eighth graders. On Tuesday Nora put her arm around the whole high school girls team, and led them with 24 points in a thrilling 56-53 win over Kermit at a rowdy Buck Dome.
This District season has been a tough one for the Lady Bucks. After Friday's loss at Tornillo, 33-29, Alpine found itself in fifth place with three games to go, and a good Kermit team on their schedule next. Any hope for a postseason appearance hung in the balance.
The early game began at 4 p.m. in anticipation of nasty weather arriving overnight in Far West Texas. Gathering clouds made it rain threes inside for the Yellow Jackets early on. They needed each of them to keep pace with Alpine, who maintained a small lead throughout the first three quarters.
Carrasco found success driving to the basket, while Amory Aranda, Chloe Cordova, and Alexis Rodriguez also got involved in the first half action. Aranda played a lot of crucial minutes Feb. 4, emerging as an important part of this year’s team after a mid-season promotion from the junior varsity squad.
Osi Alferez and Jenica Portillo each hit three pointers in the third period before Kermit pulled ahead 40-39 in the fourth. Carrasco had missed several attempts earlier, but she was on fire down the stretch, and Alpine quickly regained the lead.
Once again the Jackets kept the pace with shots from beyond the arc. A three pointer gave them a 53-51 lead with one minute left to play, but it was Nora's night.
She responded with another drive to the basket, and drew a foul as her floater dropped through the hoop. Carrasco’s subsequent free throw gave the Bucks the lead for good. Two Cordova free throws sealed the deal as Kermit's final three-point attempt from mid-court fell short.
Alpine improved to 3-5 in District 3. After going to Presidio on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m., the Lady Bucks host Crane on Feb. 11 for Senior Night.