Goliad falls in regional quarterfinal again
Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.
GOLIAD - Tears ran down the faces of Goliad players at the conclusion of Tuesday's Class 2A regional quarterfinal game against San Antonio Cole.
For Sydney Morris, it began with 1:30 left in the game and Goliad down by four points. The senior jumped back up and stood along with her fellow Tigerettes (20-13) baseline as they were down two points with 30 seconds left in the game.
However, the Lady Cougars (37-1) eliminated a comeback with a steal and a quick basket to defeat the Tigerettes 44-40. For the Tigerettes, it was their third straight year losing in a regional quarterfinal playoff game.
"Each year, we lost by a bucket or two," Goliad coach John Reyes said. "We're knocking on the door there of the regional tournament. We haven't gotten there yet, but we're going to keep working."
Going into Tuesday night's playoff game, intimidation could have been a factor for the Tigerettes as they faced a team that had lost just once all year. It showed as the Tigerettes were quickly down by 16 points at halftime. But things changed for the Tigerettes as they rallied back in the third quarter to trail by just nine points headed into the fourth quarter.
"It felt good knowing that we were not ranked at all, and they were ranked third in state, and we went at them the way we did," Morris, who finished with a team-high 16 points, said. "Being (down) 21-8 in the first quarter, coming back in the second half strong, knowing that we can go at them, and they are very beatable."
The Tigerettes went into Tuesday shorthanded.
"We had about six girls with the flu and other illnesses. We were really fatigued out there, but I'm proud of the girls because I feel like where we got them (Cole) was in the second half," Reyes said. "I think we wore them out."
The momentum did shift for the Tigerettes late in the third quarter. Turnovers for the Lady Cougars turned into baskets for Goliad, which limited Cole to 12 points in the second half.
"In the first quarter, we were more intimidated by them," Goliad freshman Michala Janssen said. "Then, it was just playing our game. In the second half, we started playing how we really play."
Losing only four seniors, the chances for the Tigerettes to get closer to their goal still remains possible.
"I think it will push us the next years to go farther to make that regional tournament and that team go farther every year," Janssen said.