When they look at the film of this one they will want to burn it.
One shot, just one shot at any time in the third or fourth quarter and ...
It’s a bit painful to look at for the Corsicana Lady Tigers, who fell to Lindale 44-42 Tuesday night at home in a crucial District 16-4A game that makes the second half stretch run that much closer, that much tighter — just like Tuesday’s game.
“No one said it would be easy,’’ said Corsicana girls Coach Art Prevost, who has turned the program around. “We had our chances. At the end of the game we had opportunities, two, three chances.’’
In the final seconds, down 44-42, Kennady Betts had a wide-open 3 and missed. Ericka Melendez grabbed the rebound but couldn’t put it back, and finally, Alexis Baston missed a shot.
That’s how it ended, this furious comeback that was ignited by ShaSha Taylor’s defense and Destini Lunsford’s fight to the basket as Corsicana, which trailed 39-29 with 5:30 left in the game, stormed back to outscore Lindale 12-2 and knotted the score at 41 with 2:49 when Taylor made a steal and a coast-to-coast drive.
That play came just a handful of seconds after Taylor had made a steal and missed the lay-up at the end of her drive. But Lunsford was there to clean up the rebound, and she made the put-back and a free throw for an an-one play that highlighted a 8-0 run that included three steals by Taylor.
Lunsford hit an outside shot to close to 41-36, then Taylor had three consecutive steals. She hit the first drive, Lunsford cashed in on her an-one play on the second drive and then Taylor tied it at 41-41 with her hat-trick theft act.
But Lindale, which led most of the night stole the momentum right back when Paige Murphy hit a 3 at the other end with 1:40 left to pull ahead 44-41 and Lunsford, who scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, fouled out with 22 seconds left.
It was a tough night for Corsicana, which was tied for first place in the district race with Tyler at 4-0 before losing on the road at Tyler on Friday. Tuesday’s loss leaves the Lady Tigers at 3-2 and tied for second place with Lindale.
Lunsford led the way and Ariel Bartee made three treys and finished with nine points. Taylor had seven points, Baston and Betts scored five each. Briana Biltz (2) and Melendez (1) also scored for Corsicana.
Lindale was led by 6-1 post Natasha Malone, who scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first nine minutes of the game to give Lindale its early lead. Malone went 5-of-7 from the floor and made all four of her free throws and finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
The Lady Tigers, who forced 28 turnovers, could have won easily if they had just found the basket in the third quarter. They were down 24-21 at halftime, but made only one basket in the third quarter — a 3-pointer by Taylor — and one free throw and entered the fourth down 35-25.
“We just missed too many shots,’’ Prevost. “We needed to make shots and we didn’t. We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities. We didn’t knock down shots. But we’ll bounce back.’’
When they look at the film of this one they will want to burn it.
GC Bi-District Softball: Mildred rips Trinity 10-1
This was easy.
Almost too easy.
It's going to get tougher on the road in the playoffs, and maybe that's why Mildred's 10-1 romp over Trinity in the opening game of the three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district round of the playoffs felt so good to the Lady Eagles.
GC Softball Bi-District roundup: BG beats New Waverly 3-2; Hubbard downs Itasca 5-3
It didn't end until Mariah Horner squeezed her glove and hauled in the final out of the game in right field on Thursday night in Madisonville, where Horner and the Blooming Grove Lady Lions hung on to beat New Waverly 3-2 in the opening games of a three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
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