The Tigerettes were taken out of their game plan early as they found themselves in quick foul trouble and never really were able to utilize their full-court press as they lost 65-62 in overtime to the Lady Bulldogs in their Class 2A regional quarterfinal game at the Pleasanton High School gym.
“When you get three of your starters and one of your leading scorers in foul trouble, that will hurt anybody,” Goliad coach John Reyes said. “We also didn’t rebound the ball very well. Those were two of the things we needed to do to win this game.”
Avery Zamzow, who led Goliad with 27 points, made two free throws with eight seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 52-all and it into overtime.
Emily Perez, who had 22 points, made a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in overtime to pull Goliad within 64-62.
The Tigerettes sent Marion’s Reagan Langemeier to the free-throw line with 15 seconds left. Langemeier missed both free throws and Perez launched a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining, but the shot bounced off the front rim and was rebounded by Marion’s Amy Stoermer, who was fouled with two seconds left.
Stoermer made one of two free throws. A last-gasp 3-point shot by Perez at the buzzer fell short.
“I didn’t feel like we should have lost this game,” Reyes said. “But it was the things we did that put us in this situation.”
Goliad substitutes McCalley Cunningham, Demari Ellis, Kendra England, Bailey Janssen, and Sarah Pnacek helped the Tigerettes stay in the game.
“I’m extremely proud of our bench,” Reyes said. “I haven’t called on them much throughout the district season, but they practiced hard all year long and it showed tonight.”