Goliad wins Lady Cougar Classic
Nov. 23, 2013 at 5:23 a.m.
Sydney Morris had a rough 10 days playing for Goliad, but was all smiles Saturday.
Last Friday, the senior played her last volleyball game as a Tigerette in a loss to Poth in the Region IV-2A semifinal. Days later, she was practicing with the basketball team.
Saturday night, the Tigerettes (4-2) won the 7th annual Lady Cougar Classic defeating Faith Academy 35-23.
Morris was the MVP of the tournament.
"Me and my sister, we were in the gym shooting, getting ready, even when we were in that sport," Morris said about competing in volleyball. "Basketball is my favorite sport, so I'm doing as much as I can to come in and be ready to go."
The four-year player had 19 points. Goliad defeated St. Joseph, and Spring Providence Classical to get to Saturday's final after entering the tournament at the last minute.
"It's a good tournament for our young kids and our older kids to kind of mesh and play together," said Tigerettes coach John Reyes. "It's early in the season and we've had two practices (together)."
Morris wasn't the only player on the volleyball team playing. Juniors Bethany Salzinger, Bailey Janssen and freshman Roxanne Morris all contributed Saturday, including Janssen who helped with four points in the fourth quarter.
"It's great to know we're starting high up," Janseen said. "We just kind of jumped in, and we're working well together already."
For the Lady Cougars (8-1), the defeat was their first loss of the season. They've won their own tournament once in the seven times they've hosted it.
The Lady Cougars started a late second half run after scoring just eight points in the first half.
"They could have just rolled over and died. They kept fighting till the end," said Lady Cougars coach Dusty Lemke. "We just build on it. We'll come back on Monday and put in work and we'll fix up some things that we messed up and we'll just get better. Our ultimate goal is we want to play for a state title."
While at times disappointed with the team's tempo, Reyes was glad to see the team in full form and Morris with the MVP award.
"For us to come out with the wins, considering that we had those girls for two days, it's huge," Reyes said. "(Morris) is that guard we're going to lean on, so she can bring those young kids along."
As for Morris, she looks forward to basketball.
"We're just going to have to keep working hard in practice and have our mind set right," Morris said. "