It’s what Hubbard ran out of Tuesday night.
It’s the one thing Hubbard needs and it’s the one thing -- at least for now -- Hubbard doesn’t have.
It’s probably the biggest reason the Lady Jaguars lost to La Poyner 50-39 Tuesday night in the Class 1A DI Bi-district round of the playoff at Corsicana high’s gym, where the ice was forming outside and showing up at times inside.
“The lack of stability in the program is a big deal,’’ said Hubbard coach Kendall Cotten, who took over the program this year. “They’ve had four head coaches and four assistant coaches in four years. This program needs stability.’’
And that takes time.
Cotten did a remarkable job and brought his kids to the playoffs, but their first dance in postseason was anything but smooth and silky. It was more like a jitterbug for a team that clearly had some early jitters.
The Lady Jags jumped out to a 4-0 lead and were still up 7-6 in the first quarter when La Poyner settled in to take over the game. The Flyers ripped off a 13-0 run and led 19-6 before Hubbard regrouped and closed to 20-14 at halftime.
But it was there - La Poyner’s experience and discipline -- and the Flyers all but put the game away in the third quarter when they outscored Hubbard 18-3. The lead stretched to 23 points when Kelsey Bristow hit a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter that gave La Poyner a 40-17 lead.
“They are just fundamentally better than us,” Cotten said. “A lot better.’’
But the Hubbard kids showed grit and never quit, fighting back in the fourth. After being out-rebounded 2-to-1 Hubbard crashed the boards and won the battle at the glass over the final eight minutes. They just kept coming and put together a 17-4 run to close to 43-34 with 1:40 left, and they were down 45-36 when Tia Parks made a steal and a coast-to-coast drive that would have closed the gap to seven points (45-38) with 1:20 left but after she made the basket she was charged with traveling.
Tia Parks led Hubbard with 14 points and Nakaila Banks dropped in 11. Tysheunna Hawthorne added five and Jasmine Parks and Kate Saucke scored four each. Bristow led the Flyers with 18 points.
Tia Parks scored half her points in the fourth and Banks scored eight of her 11 points in the fourth, but Hubbard just couldn’t get close enough in the end.
Hubbard, which did not allow a point from the floor in the fourth until Melody Avalos hit a layup in the final seconds, simply ran out of time.
Cotten left knowing what his kids had lost and what they had gained, and was getting pumped up about next season when he left the gym.
“Unfortunately, you’ve got to have downs to go along with the good. We’re learning. We’re getting ready for summer basketball,’’ he said. “I brought a new attitude when I came here and I‘m not going any where. This program needs stability.
“We‘re mainly sophomores,’’ he said. “We‘re going to be back, and we are going to remember this. I told them to remember what this feels like, what it feels like to lose in the playoff. We’re going to be back and we will remember everything.”
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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