Yoakum to face Australia's Wolves for Goliad championship
By bY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Dec. 10, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.
It did not take long for Wodonga to make itself feel right at home in Goliad.
Entering its final week of a 21-day trip from Australia, the Wodonga Wolves have an opportunity to return to their home country with a championship trophy after running through the competition at the three-day Goliad tournament.
Following a pair of lopsided pool-play victories over Industrial and Hallettsville on Thursday, the Wolves secured a spot in Saturday's championship game of the gold bracket by defeating Schulenburg 38-34 on Friday.
Considering Wodonga had absolutely no idea about the style or capabilities of the teams it would be facing, head coach Jacqui Henry was pleased with her team's performance.
"It's a different type of game for us. We like a fast, running game, and we are fairly physical," the coach said. "We are trying to get use to (the different) style. Players (in Texas) play with a lot more poise, and, while we like structure, we prefer a fast, running game.
"It has been interesting, but it has been good."
So far, Schulenburg is the only team capable of slowing down the Wolves' uptempo style.
After Wodonga posted 128 combined points in its first two wins, including two of the tournament's four highest scoring games, the Lady Horns held the Wolves well below their tournament average.
But despite a strong showing, the Lady Horns allowed a five-point deficit, 20-15, at halftime to mushroom into a 32-23 disparity by the end of the third quarter and were never able to fully recover.
"That is a good team, a very fundamentaly sound team, and the way we played defensively, we can carry that over for the rest of the year," Schulenburg head coach Tandy Betak said. "A couple breaks here and there and we would have had a better chance."
Wodonga's victory sets up a championship game against Yoakum on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated host school Goliad 30-18 on Friday.
Yoakum limited the Tigerettes to just nine points in each half.
"Defensively, I thought we were just fine," Goliad head coach John Reyes said. "You hold a team like Yoakum to just 30 points, that's a good deal.
"But to just score 18 on your own end, that's no good. We just never got into a good offensvie sync tonight at all."
Goliad guard Jessiah Johnson scored 11 points, but received little help with only two other Tigerettes recording points.
Schulenburg and Goliad will play for the consolation championship Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
El Campo and Hallettsville will play for the silver bracket championship after each team earned narrow victories Friday.
Led by freshman Amy Pflughaupt's team-high 12 points, the Ladybirds squeeked by Shiner 45-41.
In the other half of the bracket, despite scoring just four points in the fourth quarter, Hallettsville held on to beat Orange Grove 38-32 to advance.
The silver bracket championship game will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday, while the bracket's consolation championship between Shiner and Orange Grove will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Both teams playing for the bronze bracket's title had little trouble advancing as Cuero cruised past Mathis 47-19 and Industrial defeated St. Joseph 54-26.
The Cobras and Lady Gobblers will meet at noon on Saturday, while the Lady Pirates and Lady Flyers will compete for the bracket's consolation title at 10:30 a.m.