LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lady Wolves from Pineywoods Community Academy gathered in their coach's apartment Monday night to see what they could learn from the Evadale lady Rebels.
This is a first time experience for the girls program that started in 2012. When the two face off in Zavalla Tuesday night it would be the first time PCA plays in a playoff game.
"This team has come a long way," Senior Kayla Lee said. "They are not like the same team freshman year, sophomore year nor junior year."
Lee started with the program when she was in junior high. The team has battled through adversity. Until this year, the school did not have their own gym on the small campus that once housed Lufkin High School. the school would use First Baptist Church for practice and then play games at Angelina College.
"We had limited practice time due to travel," Coach Antoinette Carter said. "We had a lot to do in a little amount of time. Carter joined the team in 2015 and has seen a major improvement.
"It has been a huge improvement just having our own gym," Carter said." You never know what you are missing until you get your own gym. Now you can have a set time for practice and your own stuff. It makes you grateful. It shows that I'm blessed to see how the players have been through the program. They've been through a lot and knowing that all the hard work pays off."
The Lady Wolves finished fourth in their district and will be going up against an Evadale team that finished first in theirs. If they want to be in San Antonio with a chance to win state they will have to put up a strong showing. it is something the players are not worried about.
"It's like a sense of relief because of all the hard work we put in," Tina Douglas said. "It's like it paid off. it's not going to be an easy day."
The game between PCA and Evadale will tip off at 6 pm in Zavalla Tuesday night.