Art Prevost’s message was pretty clear.
He stood in the Ennis gym Monday night after watching his kids, the Corsicana girls basketball team, lose to Seguin 47-35 in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs, and had nothing but praise for his players -- and Corsicana.
After all, his kids had made some history, becoming the first girls basketball team in 21 years to reach the postseason, and that’s what Prevost wanted to talk about.
“We lost tonight to a real good team, but we let people know Corsicana is here. Corsicana has arrived,” he said. “They know who Corsicana is! You can go to the Metroplex now and they know who Corsicana is.
“I am so proud of them, proud of Corsicana and this crowd tonight,’’ he said. “We must have had 1,300 or 1,400 people here. I’m proud of our fans and proud of Corsicana. Anyone who came to this game saw a quality basketball game. We came up short, but we gave a great effort.”
The Corsicana fans were loud, louder and loudest all night. They outnumbered Seguin 15-or 20-to 1 and almost completely filled the home side of the Ennis gym, turning the place into Corsicana North and gave the game an electric atmosphere all night. They were dressed in blue and gold and most were on their feet including the wacky Krush Krew student section, throughout the game.
The Lady Tigers might have been on edge earlier in their first dance in postseason play, and Seguin 23-9 and a constant playoff team that went to the regionals last year, made the most of it, building an early lead that was fueled by an aggressive defense that forced 13 first half turnovers and out-rebounded Corsicana 17-6 in the first half. The Lady Cougars took a 25-16 lead into halftime, but after the break nothing was the same.
Corsicana flipped everything and started forcing turnovers and crashing the boards and out-rebounded Seguin in the second half 15-6 while forcing nine turnovers while turning the ball over eight times in a second half that saw the Lady out-hustle Seguin on the boards and scramble for every lose ball.
Kennady Betts was a force inside in the second half and Erica Melendez and Briana Biltz all hit the boards -- and the floor hard.
“Kennady Betts really grew up tonight,’’ Prevost said of his sophomore post. “Kennady Betts stepped up and Alexis Baston handled the pressure all night.’’
Baston, a sophomore guard, had a brilliant night and fought off Seguin’s unrelenting pressure all night and finished with 12 points to lead Corsicana.
Seguin’s pressure never did let up and both teams put on a defensive show of force and heart, and the officials let them play a very physical hard-fought game.
“No doubt, they are the best defensive team we played all year,” Prevost said. They are a mirror of us.”
The game looked tat way and played that way, but Seguin’s early lead and the poise down the stretch by the Lady Cougars sent them to the Area round of the playoffs.
Corsicana (21-9) never let up and when Betts hit an inside shot with 6:47 left, the Lady Tigers were down by five -- 35-30. But Corsicana hit a cold spell and couldn’t find the basket, and didn‘t score again until Baston hit a pair of free throws with 1:49 left to close to 43-32.
“We went through a real low and we couldn’t score for four or five minutes, but we fought and we fought and we fought,’’ Prevost said. “This team showed so much heart, coming back and never giving in tonight. That score doesn’t tell you what kind of game this was -- it was a lot closer than the score. We played everybody. I could have not played everyone and we might have cut it down to six or five points at the end, but these kids have worked so hard this year. They deserved to have a chance to get on the court.‘’
Betts and Melendez both finished with seven points each, and Sha Sha Taylor and Ariel Bartee scored five points each while Destini Lunsford added two points in the defense-first, low scoring game. Alarie Mayze, a 5-11 junior, led Seguin with 16 points and the Lady Cougars’ leading scorer all year, Laurynn McGowen, finished with 13.
Art Prevost’s message was pretty clear.
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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