Despite defeat, Gobblers still have playoff hopes

Keldy  Ortiz

Feb. 4, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2014 at 8:04 p.m.

CUERO - Colby Ebrom didn't take long to think about the reasons why Cuero was handed a 84-52 defeat by La Grange.

The senior explained La Grange (16-10, 6-2) had athleticism and worked together as a team.

In a way, it was a mirror image of what his team needed to do to have success. But Ebrom didn't dwell on Tuesday's loss too much.

"We can still get in (the playoffs) by beating Yoakum, and that's what we're looking forward to these last two games," the four-year varsity player explained. "We've got to practice harder and look forward to the next game. We can't worry about this game."

Yes, with just one district win, Cuero (6-19, 1-7) can control its own playoff future if it defeats district opponents Giddings and Yoakum. Yoakum, who was defeated by Giddings on Tuesday, is one game ahead of Cuero.

Though Tuesday's defeat is now a thing of the past, Cuero coach Clint Coles hopes the loss to La Grange will make the team better.

"Every good team, at some point or another, gets their tails kicked. We're going to be no different," Coles said. "We took a tail kicking tonight, and that's going to help us down the road to understand if we want to be a team like a La Grange that can go and really beat people across the region. That's what it takes to play at that level."

Like Ebrom, junior D'Andre Gallagher believed Tuesday's dismantling has to be put on the back burner in order to succeed. However, to be successful, Gallagher said the Gobblers cannot make careless mistakes.

"We need to take care of the ball," the two-year varsity player said. "We can work on getting better shots. We're a young team; everybody is not accustomed to (varsity level) yet."

For Ebrom, the opportunity to finish his senior year the way he started his freshman year - in the playoffs - would mean a lot. He believes this Cuero team has the talent to make a run at playoffs.

"Coach tries to emphasize a short memory about everything," Ebrom said. "We can't do nothing about tonight. We just got to come to practice the next day and not think about it."

Cuero 56, La Grange 33

CUERO - After Martina Stavinoha scored the first baskets of the game, Cuero never looked back in its 56-33 win over La Grange.

Cuero finished the season 15-12 overall and 5-4 in district while La Grange fell to 10-22 overall and 2-8 in district. Cuero's playoff opponent hasn't been decided yet. Cuero coach Terrence Fryer said it could be Needville or El Campo.

"We had to treat this game like a playoff game," Fryer said. "You never want to lose your last game before heading to the playoffs."

Stavinoha finished with 11 points while Missy Odom contributed a team-high 12 points.

"We have a good group of girls," Stavinoha said. "We improved a lot since the preseason."



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