When a team plays one of its worst games of the season they cannot be expected to have much of a chance at winning. Well, the Alba-Golden Lady Panthers played about as poorly as they have at any time this season Friday Night in Royce City, but still came away with a 10-point victory over the Howe Lady Bulldogs, 54-44, in the second round of the state playoffs.
That win moved Alba-Golden into a third-round matchup against Sunnyvale. The game was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kaufman. With the win on Friday night the Lady Bulldogs jumped their record to 28-7. Pretty nifty record, but Sunnyvale has an even more lofty season mark at 32-2.
Alba-Golden and Sunnyvale have met three common foes this season, Eustace, Pleasant Grove, and Grand Saline. Sunnyvale downed Eustace 34-27 while the Lady Bulldogs claimed two wins over Eustace, 51-28 and 59-47. Pleasant Grove fell to Sunnyvale, 68-44, and to Alba-Golden, 50-45.
Sunnyvale claimed a Sunnyvale claimed a 60-36 win over Grand Saline in the first round of the state playoffs while Alba-Golden claimed two District 12-3A wins over Grand Saline, 51-25, and 63-55.
The winner of the game between Alba-Golden and Sunnyvale will advance to the Region 2 Tournament in Rockwall on Friday and Saturday. There will be two games Friday night and the regional championship battle Saturday night. The regional champion moves on to the state tournament in the Alamodome in San Antonio March 2-4. The Class 3A semifinals will be played on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The 3A state championship contest between the two winners on Thursday will be played on Saturday at 10 a.m.
At Royce City Friday night Alba-Golden just couldn’t seem to get its act together. The Lady Panthers did manage to jump out to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and it was a good thing they did. The Lady Bulldogs played them on pretty even terms for the rest of the contest.
Alba-Golden only shot 30.8 percent from the field and just 50 percent from the free throw line. And the worst part of shooting only 38 percent from the field is that Howe out rebounded the Panthers under the Alba-Golden basket 17 to 10. That resulted in very few second shots for the Lady Panthers. Add to that committing 17 turnovers and it was not a night Coach Blake Hamrick likes to remember.
After the game, Hamrick just shook his head and said,” We were lucky to get out of this one.”
Looking on to Sunnyvale Hamrick said, “They are a really good team and if we play like this against them there is no way we can win.”
When the final buzzer had sounded the 10-point win was welcome, even if it wasn’t a thing of beauty. And, though it wasn’t an all-around great game for the Lady Panthers the thing that has been key for them all season was still evident. That thing is the hustle every player on the court shows from start to finish. No matter what the situation, you can count on the Lady Panthers contesting the opposition every minute of the game with their pressing defense and fast moving offense.
For Friday Night’s game Briana Weissert claimed Alba-Golden scoring honors with 18 points on five field goals and eight foul shots. Shelby Wright, the young lady who has led Alba-Golden scorers in almost all games this season, contributed 12 points and Gracie Pendergrass pitched in 10 points. Pendergrass also led Lady Panther rebounders with 11.
This article, written by Tommy Anderson, was originally published at www.woodcountymonitor.com.
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