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Edna girls eliminate Industrial in one-game playoff

By By TAYLOR MITCHELL - TMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.

Edna's Allison Kotlar goes for a layup during the first half of Friday's one-game playoff with Industrial. Edna pulled off a victory in overtime to earn a spot in the playoffs.

A full season couldn't decide who earned the third, and final playoff spot from District 30-2A.

In fact, Edna and Industrial's one-game playoff Friday night at Victoria West needed extra time to decide the outcome.

Tied at 44-44 at the end of regulation, Edna's stingy defense made one last appearance in overtime, holding the Lady Cobras to just one basket - a three-pointer by Kelsey Van Pelt with 1:24 left - and the Cowgirls punched their ticket to the 2A state playoffs with the 53-47 victory.

"It's a great feeling," Edna head coach Brett Nidey, "We were playing not to loose for a little while and that's what I just told them. You can't play like that next week."

Edna (23-13, 9-5) will face San Antonio Cole in the first round of the 2A state playoffs on Tuesday in Flatonia. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Industrial finished the season 20-9 overall.

"Your last game of the year is always tough in the locker room. That is the toughest part of our job," Industrial head coach Brandon Karl said. "In my case, you have two seniors that have been with you for so long and having to tell them goodbye is tough."

Andrea Robinson led Edna in scoring and rebounds with 12 points and nine rebounds. Allison Kotlar was econd with eight points and six rebounds.

In their final game for the Lady Cobras, Elissa Beuadoin and Lenamon combined for 13 points. Beaudoin led the team in rebounds with eight.

A week ago, Industrial defeated Edna 45-43 on MaKayla Lenamon's three-pointer at the buzzer.

This past Friday night had a similar ending.

Down by 11 points headed into the fourth quarter, Industrial fought back to make it a two-point game with 45 seconds left. Following a turnover by the Cowgirls, Beaudoin tied the game for Industrial with a drive past Edna's Robinson.

"I got the ball and I went to the basket," Beaudoin recalled. "And all I was thinking was, 'Don't miss.' It went in, and I was excited."

After being outscored 15-10 in the third quarter, Industrial dominated the fourth, adding 20 points to its total while holding the Cowgirls to just six points, all of which came in the first four minutes.

However, the overtime period was a different story.

Edna's Shayna Palacios scored a basket on the Cowgirls' first possession and Industrial couldn't overcome the deficit.

Van Pelt's three-pointer gave hope to the Cobras' fans with a minute and a half to play, but the youth of Industrial began to show.

The Cobras had trouble fouling Edna in the final minute, allowing the Cowgirls to run off precious seconds until the deficit was too large and time too short.

"We're so young. We have two seniors and a bunch of sophomores and freshmen out there," Karl said. "We were trying to put them on the free throw line sooner. It just took us so long to foul them. We ran off a lot of clock in the last minute and that's what we didn't want to do."

Edna started the game on fire, outscoring Industrial 6-3 in the first two minutes of play. That trend would continue through the first quarter with Edna leading 16-8.

The first quarter lead was a welcomed change of pace for the Cowgirls, who normally find themselves down early on.

"It seems like we're always climbing out of that hill in the first quarter," Nidey said. "We can't get in a hole in the first quarter and play from behind. So, it was nice to have that lead in the first quarter."

The Cobras began their comeback in the second quarter, using their trap defense to slow down Edna's fast-paced offense, holding the Cowgirls to seven points.

However, the Industrial offense wasn't able to take advantage with just nine points scored.

"They're just fast," Karl said. "We put some pressure on them, but they went by us and made shots. When they're playing that fast and making their shots, they're tough to beat."

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