Playoff berth for West in doubt with loss to G-P
Feb. 4, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
The season will come down to one game for the Victoria West basketball team when it takes the court on Tuesday against East.
But it didn't have to.
The Warriors lost a close, physical game to Gregory-Portland 47-43 on their home floor, dealing a blow to their playoff chances in the process.
If the Warriors, 2-7 in District 30-4A, have any shot of making the playoffs, they must beat No. 11 Victoria East and receive help. Their foe on Friday - G-P - becomes their friend. The Warriors need G-P to beat Beeville next week to earn a share of the fourth spot.
Calhoun is in a similar spot. It needs a Beeville loss and a win Tuesday against Floresville to have a chance.
It's a tall order for any team.
"It's just something you have to do," said West coach Sandra Jimenez. "I don't know if there's a method to it or anything else."
Treka Franklin led the Warriors with 15 points and Emily Skipper chipped in 13, but 24 points from Gregory-Portland's Whitney West was too much for West to overcome.
Even though the Warriors had shooting struggles most of the game, it was West's game to be had.
With the Warriors trailing by two points, Lady Cats post Sarah Wisor picked up her fifth foul on Allyson Dlouhy, then said something that caught the ears of a referee and was whistled for a technical.
The Warriors had a chance to score a total of four points from the charity stripe then have an offensive possession.
What ensued proved to be the pivotal point of the game and, possibly, the Warriors season.
"It still came down to the possibility of those two free throws, and we go up and we blow them both," Jimenez said. "We could've been up by one, we would've taken care of that."
Dlouhy missed the front end of the one-and-one, then Sevanah Campos-Reyes missed one of two technical free throws.
On the next Warriors possession, West stole the ball and took it to the other end for a layup while Dlouhy fouled her.
"We missed a few key free throws, and those are something you've got to put in all times of the game and not just the end," Skipper said.
West hit the ensuing free throw to give Gregory-Portland a 44-40 lead with 1:01 remaining.
The Warriors fall to 18-14 overall, while Gregory-Portland clinches a playoff spot with a 4-5 district record.
Wins on Tuesday won't be easy for the Warriors or Sandies since East is 9-0 and clinched the district on Friday night. Floresville, Calhoun's opponent, is 7-2 and has clinched second place in district.
The Warriors made just 7-of-25 shots (28 percent) and didn't score consistently until Wisor got into foul trouble.
"You can't blame the game on the calls, but when things aren't going your way, you just have to pick it up and keep playing," Skipper said.
CORRECTION: Changes have been made the records of East and Floresville to be correct.