LYFORD, TX (ValleyCentral) – Harvest Christian Academy is a small high school in Edinburgh. Less than 100 students attend school. Despite its low enrollment rate, women’s basketball proves it can cling to some of the biggest schools in the Rio Grande Valley.
“I’m really proud of these girls,” said Jaime Gonzalez, the team’s head coach. “They expect to win every game.
Harvest Christian reached the Texas Association of Parish and Private Schools (TAPPS) Class 2A quarterfinals last year.
“We don’t want to do a few long distance laps in the playoffs, we want to win it all, ”Gonzalez said. “Last year we almost qualified for the last four. We know what it takes to make it happen.
“We’re very lucky, we know what we did last year and what we missed,” said Gonzalez’s daughter, second year guard Ashley Gonzalez. “We realized it and we fixed it and I think we are much better than before.”
The Eagles are scheduling larger schools to help them prepare for the playoffs. They have beaten the Valley 4A, 5A and 6A teams this season. Last week they beat Mission Veterans in the Lyford Holiday Tournament final.
“Really great to know that we can compete with them and beat them as much as we can,” said senior forward / center Jessica Muñoz.
Ashley is the team’s star player. The sophomore eclipsed the career 1,000 point mark earlier this season.
“It was really special,” Gonzalez said. “It meant a lot to me and my family and then I got over it. We must humble ourselves.
Gonzalez was a player unknown to opponents last year. Now that the other teams are focusing on her, Gonzalez’s teammates are stepping up their efforts to take advantage of their scoring opportunities.
“A lot of times they make a box in a box on it and that gives us an opening to take it, ”said second year guard Lexi Garcia. “Most of us end up scoring that way. It helps us and helps us.
The Eagles’ next game is against Corpus Christi Annapolis Christian on Friday. Harvest Christian will start the district game next week.