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 Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
GC Basketball; Kerens' Ames signs with Cloud (Kan.) Community College
There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris
Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
She had no idea.
And she didn't care.
Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.
GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games
Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.
GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College
She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
“I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.
CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region
Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
- More Sports Headlines
- GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup