Cowgirls fall in Championship
The McMullen County Cowgirls had their fill of the Falls City Lady Beavers, as they dropped two games to them in one week. After falling to Falls City at home last Tuesday, December 6th, the Cowgirls were able to advance to the Championship for their home tournament with three straight wins. In the title game, state ranked Falls City had their way with the Cowgirls once again. The Cowgirls will carry their 8-3 record into their week of action as district play is set to begin this week.
Falls City- The first meeting of the two teams this season, occurred in McMullen County last Tuesday night. Falls City was able to build a 36-17 lead after one half of play, before running out and capturing a 66-31 victory at the end of the night.
“The girls played hard and competed. We did a decent job against their pressure in the first half, we just didn’t hit some looks which is a must against them. Coach Osuna does a great job with his squad,” stated Coach Tony Taylor.
Scoring- No stats or scoring were available.
McMullen County Tournament: Kenedy- The Cowgirls opened the tournament against arguably the weakest team in attendance, the Kenedy Leopards. McMullen jumped on Kenedy early and often, as the Cowgirls simply had too much talent for the Leopards.
In the first quarter, Alli Donnell and Mamie Shelton led the drive offensively, as they combined for thirteen out of the first 22-points; allowing them to hold a 22-7 lead after one.
In the second quarter, Donnell and Shelton were back at work, as they combined for eleven out of the sixteen points; which gave Tilden a 38-11 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Cowgirls outscored Kenedy 12-3 in the third, as the Leopards outscored Tilden 7-5 in the fourth. McMullen finished overall with a 57-19 victory.
Scoring- Donnell 17, Shelton 16, Anna Castren 8, Destinee Thomas 5, Danielle Dawson 4, Mariah Mesa 3, Heather Gillin 2, Hailey Ruiz 2.
Cotulla- The Cotulla Cowgirls were next in line for McMullen County. The Cowgirls got off to a great start in the first half once again, as they outscored Cotulla 17-8 in the first quarter and 13-6 in the second quarter. McMullen County held a 30-14 lead at the half.
In the second half, Cotulla had a nice offensive spark in the third quarter, as they edged McMullen County 15-6. This allowed them to close in on the Cowgirls, 36-29 going into the final quarter.
In the fourth and final period, the Cowgirls used a huge offensive charge by Destinee Thomas, who scored thirteen out of the sixteen points in the quarter. This allowed the Cowgirls to capture a 52-43 victory.
Scoring- Thomas 19, Donnell
12, Castren 6, Smith 6, Shelton 5, and Dawson 4.
Three Rivers- Next up for Tilden, was the Three Rivers Lady Bulldogs who they were facing for the third time in their young season. Three Rivers came out in the contest and held the edge on McMullen County in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Tilden 12-8 in the first and 10-9 in the second allowing them to hold a 22-17 lead at the half.
The Cowgirls were able to find their spark in the third quarter, thanks to a eight point effort in the third quarter by Destinee Thomas. This sparked the Cowgirls to a 12-7 edge in the quarter, allowing them to tie things up at 29-29 going into the final quarter.
In the fourth and final quarter, five different Cowgirls combined for fourteen points, allowing them to pull out a 43-37 victory.
Scoring- Thomas 14, Shelton 8, Donnell 7, Dawson 5, Castren 5, Gillin 2, and Smith 2.
Falls City- In the Championship game, the Cowgirls were up against state ranked Falls City for the second time in a week. The Cowgirls came out and played great defense in the first quarter, as Tilden led 10-9 after one quarter of play.
The Lady Beavers broke loose in the second, as they outscored the Cowgirls 21-9 allowing them to take a 30- 19 lead into the half.
In the second half, Falls City’s pressure proved to be too much, as they blew past McMullen County with a 57- 24 victory.
“We had a good tournament. We are constantly improving and we need to be with district opening on December 20th against San Isidro. We played really well for the first fourteen minutes against Falls City. We were down 22-19 with a little over 2-minutes to go before the half, then they had an 8-0 run to end the quarter. Turnovers and press execution continue to hurt us, but we will continue to work on this. I am proud of the team and their effort. Playing hard is half the battle in games and we are getting that effort,” stated Coach Tony Taylor.
All-Tournament Team: Allie Donnell, Mamie Shelton and Destinee Thomas were all named to the All-Tournament team.
Scoring- Shelton 8, Thomas 6, Dawson 4, Castren 2, Donnell 2, and Smith 2.
Final Standings: Falls City-Champions, McMullen County-2nd Place, George West-3rd Place and Cotulla- 4th place.
Upcoming Games- On Friday, December 16th the Port Aransas Lady Marlins come to town for a 5:00 p.m. varsity only contest.
District play begins for McMullen County on Tuesday, December 20th as they host San Isidro with a 6:00 p.m. varsity only contest.
For video highlights from the McMullen County Tournament click here.