Schulenburg girls basketball looks for win over Poth

Feb. 23, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.

In order for Schulenburg to advance in the Class 2A girls basketball playoffs, it must face a foe familiar with its athletic programs.

Although the Schulenburg girls basketball team hasn't played Poth this season, the Lady Horns face the same school that knocked Schulenburg's volleyball and football teams out of the playoffs earlier this academic year.

Poth (27-8) and Schulenburg (32-4) meet in the Class 2A regional semifinals in Seguin on Friday night.

"We want to get the monkey of our backs and prove to peole we're capable of getting past Poth and moving on in the playoffs," Lady Horns head coach Tandy Betak said.

A win Friday puts the Lady Horns in the regional finals and within one game of getting back to Austin for the state tournament. Schulenburg hasn't made a state tournament appearance since 2003.

Poth has made the state tournament in four of the last five years. Poth finished the season as the No. 7 team in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches final girls rankings.

"Poth is Poth, you can't avoid them," Betak said. "They're one of those mythical programs in the state of Texas."

A year ago, the Lady Horns were knocked out of the playoffs in the regional quarterfinals. Although the 2011-12 season gave the Lady Horns another season to become familiar with Betak, the coach said their improved defense was another big reason for getting this far.

Schulenburg's scrappiness helped it win District 28-2A and beat Van Vleck and Jarrell in the playoffs.

"We all wear knee pads for a reason on our team," Betak said. "We don't mind getting on the floor and wrestling for the basketball."

Schulenburg plans to combine its defense with playing possession offense against Poth.

Schulenburg's offense is led by Leah Mikesky in the post and Alyssa Michalke in the backcourt. Mikesky averages 12 points per game, while Michalke scores 10.

Betak praised Michalke for being an extension of him on the court and as an emotional leader. He added she has a great understanding of both the offense and the defense.

"Without her, we'd be lost," Betak said.

The Lady Horns return to the gym where Betak said they had the turning point of their season.

They played in the Seguin tournament in December, getting beat up by playing Class 4A's Smithson Valley and Marble Falls and Class 5A's Seguin and El Paso Americas.

After the tournament, Betak said the Lady Horns learned they could rely on using man defense. Since then, their points allowed per game has decreased from 36 to 29.

"It was a growing experience for us," Beatak said. "We realized if teams can do that to us, why can't we do that to them?"



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