Goliad runs past Edna into second place (w/gallery)
Feb. 4, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2014 at 8:04 p.m.
GOLIAD - Dalton Sturm didn't play when Goliad lost to Edna in the first round of District 30-2A play.
Sturm was in Florida for an all-star football game, but he was back in force Tuesday night at the Goliad Events Center.
Sturm scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Tigers to an 89-60 win over the Cowboys.
"Sure it does," said Goliad coach David Kelley about if having Sturm makes an impact. "He's our senior point guard, and he's been with us for four years on varsity."
Strum was one of four Goliad players in double figures as the Tigers (26-5) improved to 9-3 in district and took over sole possession of second place.
"We always preach about coming out and playing hard," said Sturm, who will play football at Texas-San Antonio as a preferred walk-on. "We've got to start the way we finish, and we did a great job of that tonight."
Goliad opened the game with an 18-4 run, and Edna (14-12, 8-3) never got closer than eight points.
The Tigers limited the Cowboys to four 3-point baskets and did a good job of getting the rebound and starting their fast break.
"We really concentrated yesterday, today, even starting last week in practice about chasing them off the 3-point line and getting a hand in every shooters face," Kelley said. "We love to play fast. A lot of it comes back to rebounding, and we finally rebounded well tonight off those misses."
Dravian Duncan scored 22 points for Goliad, Carl Roy had 14, and A.J. Carabajal added 11, many coming on drives to the basket or wide-open layups.
"If you want to play fast, that's how we want to play," said Sturm, who thrilled the crowd with an emphatic dunk on a follow shot in the second quarter. "We'll put up 80 or 90 points if you want to run with us."
Marquis Broussard led Edna with 26 points but converted only once from 3-point range.
"We were contesting the 3-point shot," Sturm said. "That's what they love to do - they love to shoot 3s and try to play D. We contested them and made them shoot contested 3s instead of wide-open 3s, and we got the first rebound and didn't let them shoot forever."
Tigerettes claim district title
The Morris sisters helped Goliad claim the outright District 30-2A championship.
Roxanne Morris scored 15 points, and Sydney Morris added 11 as the Tigerettes captured a 58-40 win over Edna on Tuesday night at the Goliad Events Center.
Goliad (19-12) wraps up district play with a 12-2 record and will play the fourth-place team in District 29-2A in the bi-district playoffs.
The Tigerettes started slowly and did not make a field goal until 1:43 was left in the first quarter.
But they took the lead for good in the second quarter and were never threatened.
Kacey Nidey paced the Cowgirls (7-19, 3-10) with 10 points.