Lady Flyers can't catch up in loss to Austin St. Michael's
Feb. 18, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 18, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.
The St. Joseph Lady Flyers had only two players with playoff experience and it showed on Saturday against the state-ranked Austin St. Michael's Lady Crusaders.
Kensey Marshall scored a team high 10 points and Kalyn Hempel and Elizabeth Gibbens added eight points each, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Flyers lost to the Lady Crusaders 51-36 in the TAPPS Class 5A area playoffs at the St. Joseph gym.
"It hurt us today, those playoff jitters got to us," said St. Joseph coach Carrie Myers.
The Lady Flyers have a final record of 14-20 overall.
The Lady Crusaders, ranked 25th in the final Texas Basketball Coaches poll, advanced to play Addison Trinity Christian or Houston St. Pius X in the regional playoffs.
The Lady Flyers had trouble getting shots over the taller Lady Crusaders. St. Michael's stayed in a basic man defense most of the game.
The Lady Flyers didn't get their first field goal until Marshall hit a 3-pointer with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter.
That would be the only field goal St. Joseph had for nine minutes. The Lady Flyers shot 11 percent in the first half and trailed 29-11 at halftime.
"We just didn't do the things that we needed to do," Myers said.
The Lady Crusaders outscored St. Joseph in the paint 22-6.
The Lady Flyers had their opportunity to keep the game close in the first half, but made just 4-of-14 free throws.
"Free throws hurt us today and we'd been working on them and working on them," Myers said.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Flyers got better looks at the basket, drew fouls and outscored the Lady Crusaders 17-11.
Fourteen of St. Joseph's 17 points in the quarter came at the free throw line.
St. Michael's held Chloe Shoemake, St. Joseph's leading scorer, scoreless.
Shoemake was fouled going for a putback early in the first quarter, hit the floor hard and was unable to shoot the free throws.
St. Joseph senior guard Emily Janak made her final appearance in a Lady Flyer uniform when she hit one of two free throws for Shoemake.
Last season, the Lady Flyers lost a heartbreaker to San Antonio St. Anthony 41-40 in the area playoffs.
Despite the disappointment, Myers said the Lady Flyers would put the loss behind them and focus on the 2012-13 season.
"They want to play next year," Myers said. "They're ready to go and they're already talking about what they're going to do to make sure we're in the playoffs again next year."
Freshman post Shelby Espinosa led the Lady Crusaders with a game-high 14 points.