“The girls battled well with Goliad. This game showed the areas where we need to improve on our game,” said S-T head coach Joseph Grimes III.
The Lady Tigers entered the contest as the state’s 20th ranked 3A squad while the Lady Cats held a lofty 11th spot among the 2A teams.
Defense played a big roll over the first three periods as the teams struggled to put the ball in the basket. Goliad led by three, 11-8, at the end of the first eight minutes.
The Lady Tigers added two more points to their advantage, capturing the second period 10-8 to take a 21-16 lead into the half.
The Lady Cats were still cold from the floor in the third period but they also held the visitors to under 10 points. But the Goliad girls were leading 29-20 going into the final stanza.
The pace definitely picked up in the fourth quarter. The up and down basketball gave the home team a slight advantage as they outscored the Tigers 23-20. It just wasn’t quite enough though to overcome the big Tiger lead.
The win improves Goliad’s record to 5-1 on the year while the Lady Cats suffered their first lost of the 2011-12 campaign and stand at 6-1 on the year.
Brittany Garza led the S-T scoring with 15 points on the night with one trey included. D’Anne Wilder followed with 12 markers with two treys. Kathy Acosta hit for six points in the loss. Erica Nevarez added four points and Samantha Minter, Tamara Merritt and Amber Hughlett each scored two.
The S-T varsity girls are off until Dec. 6 when they travel to meet Shiner. The next home game for the Lady Cats is set for Dec. 16 when the Taft Lady ’Hounds visit Skidmore.