For the first half of the first quarter, the Madera Coyotes girls basketball team looked to be in a good battle with the County/Metro Athletic Conference-leading Edison-Fresno Tigers.
However, the eighth ranked Tigers then went on a 12-0 run to end the first quarter with a 20-9 lead and take control of the game. While the Coyotes got as close as eight in the third quarter, the Tigers closed the game with a 63-37 victory Friday in Joe Flores Gym.
The Coyotes were outscored 38-16 in the first and fourth quarters.
“We have to play like we really care,” head coach Jason Smith said. “During the game, walking down the bench, substituting and stuff, we were just not there. We didn’t come out with the passion to play to beat a team like that. In some cases we were beat before we were on the court, but we have girls that compete like warriors every time they step on the court. Tonight, we had quite a few that didn’t have their hearts in it. That’s not acceptable in this program. We talk about being a family united, tonight we weren’t.” ...