Industrial edges Hallettsville
Feb. 12, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 5:27 a.m.
EAST BERNARD - Reagan Doyle knew Industrial had to have a strong fourth quarter in order to keep its season alive. Holding on to a 26-25 lead with 50 seconds left in the game, Doyle connected from 10 feet out to give the Lady Cobras the lead and No. 15 Industrial went on to a 31-27 Class 3A bi-district win over Hallettsville on Monday night at the East Bernard gym.
"We knew we had to get a lead," Doyle said. "Our mentality was go-go-go, drive, do what you can to get to the basket and just play basketball."
The District 28-3A champion Lady Cobras (30-5) avenged last year's bi-district loss to the Lady Brahmas and have now won 15 straight games and advanced to the area round to face Blanco, a 58-52 winner over Jourdanton, at an undetermined time and location.
"It was rough, but we persevered somehow," Doyle said. "We trusted each other and we knew if we got in a bind, our teammates would help us. It was a team effort, and it worked out."
In the third quarter, the Lady Cobras settled for only one field goal by Kylann Griffith. Griffith, a sophomore, and Doyle, a senior, each scored eight points to lead Industrial.
"The kids work hard and they play hard," said Industrial coach Shannon Taylor. "A lot of times your shots may not be on, but a lot of times you can overcome adversity. We faced adversity in different ways, and we've been able to respond."
Industrial's Desiree Hill scored the game's first points before Avery Drummond responded for the Lady Brahmas. Skylar Lenamon connected on the game's first 3-pointer to give the Lady Cobras a 5-2 lead. Back-to-back turnovers by both teams led to a basket by Griffith to give the Lady Cobras a commanding 7-2 first quarter lead.
Both teams took a 15-15 score into halftime.
"It was about fighting and being smarter," Taylor said. "We ended up coming out strong, but then we tightened up. They (Hallettsville) did a good job defensively."
The Lady Brahmas (26-9) were led by senior Jensen Schindler, who finished with 10 points to lead Hallettsville.
Schindler was one of six seniors to take the court for the Lady Brahmas this season.
"I think we played good overall, but we just didn't have enough fight in the end," Schindler said. "Every day in practice we gave it our all, and it showed in games. We played hard all the time."
Despite not scoring in the third quarter, the Lady Brahmas made up for it to start the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Alissa Soto kept the Lady Brahmas alive by hitting two of her three 3-pointers in the final minutes.
Soto and Schindler combined for 10 points in the fourth and 19 for the game.
"We finished the season 26-9, and I think there's a lot of teams that would've liked to finish 26-9," said Hallettsville coach Amy Powell. "These kids work as hard and hustle, and I'd put them up there with anybody when you talk about heart and desire. I'm certainly proud of the season that they put together."
Indutstrial will look to keep its winning streak alive as it turns its attention to the area round.
No matter who the Lady Cobras play next, Taylor knows his team will be ready.
"Hopefully we regroup and bring better offense," Taylor said. "We're a lot better of an offensive team thats we showed tonight, so hopefully we can find a way to show that."
Doyle, who was a member of last year's team that fell to Hallettsville in the first round, finds herself not wanting the season to end just yet.
"Our seniors are going to try to not let this end," Doyle said. "We have to play every game like its our last, and go as hard as we can until the end."
For Hallettsville, Powell had one last message for her senior group.
"You love them like your own," Powell said. "It's a little bit different group since I've know some of them longer than high school. You just tell them that you love them and you're so thankful to have have had them for the last four years."
The Lady Brahmas will return six players next year from their year's team.
"We have some young kids," Powell said. "It will give us a good core to war around, and we're excited about what they'll bring next year."
Industrial 31, Hallettsville 27
Points - (Industrial) Skylar Lenamon 3, Caeli Taylor 5, Reagan Doyle 8, Desiree Hill 4, Kylann Griffith 8, Sarah Kusak 4. (Hallettsville) Alissa Soto 9, Autumn Patel 2, Kauner Howell 4, Jensen Schindler 10, Avery Drummond 2.
Halftime - Industrial 15, Hallettsville 15; 3-Pointers - Lenamon, Taylor, Soto 3.
Records - Industrial 30-5; Hallettsville 26-9.