Seventeen games have come and gone for the Lady Bucks hoops team against several tough opponents. Humbling losses, plus some well-played victories, plus a few heartbreaks have Alpine hoping they now add up to a successful District season.

District play opens up at home against Anthony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

While the girls have lost more than they have won so far this season, Alpine has more confident shooters than other recent teams. They have more depth, too, but only if they stay healthy.

On Jan. 3, the Lady Bucks' last tune-up was at Pecos. Despite injuries and a notable absence limiting Alpine to a roster of six players, they took the Eagles to double-overtime before falling short in the end.

Top scorer Nora Carrasco wasn’t there, but sophomore guard Jenica Portillo, sophomore forward Chloe Cordova, and others kept the Bucks neck-and-neck throughout the long contest before they came up short.

Six days earlier, Alpine watched a Dom Mucharraz buzzer-beating rebound and attempt lip out of the rim as time expired. The Lady Bucks are not just hungry for a big win at this point, they are starving.

Tornillo, the Bucks’ second District opponent on Jan. 14, has traditionally been their toughest. While the Lady Coyotes are perennial champions, they saw a lot of seniors graduate in 2019. They will still be a top contender this season, along with the Presidio Lady Devils. 

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