Groesbeck splits with Troy visitors
On Friday, Feb. 2, the Groesbeck Lady Goats honored their senior players and their parents in a ceremony before the varsity game with the Troy Lady Trojans. Hannah Ryan and Kolbi Brown were the two seniors departing from Coach Andre Daversa’s young squad. Both Ryan and Brown started for a Lady Goat team that came ever so close to pulling the upset over the District 19-3A rival who came to the Groesbeck Gym with a 5-7 district mark. Though they are still winless in district, the Lady Goats played hard with a lot of spirit and determination in a contest that was filled with a lot of fouls by both squads, 14 by Groesbeck and 16 by Troy just in the first half. The bottom line was that Troy went home with a 52-45 win.
Though both teams were fouling a lot, the Lady Goats benefitted the most in the first half as they built a 9-4 first quarter lead and a 21-16 halftime lead. They went to the free throw line and shot 22 free throw attempts. They were good on 14 of them to get this lead. Kennedy Cox’s only scoring in the first half was from the charity stripe, seven of 13 attempts being good.
But Troy took over the third quarter led by its two guards, senior Angel Martinez and Savannah Sebek. They outscored the Lady Goats 9-4 in the first three and a half minutes. Ryan and Kayla Menzel each scored a basket for Groesbeck during that period. Troy tied the score at 25-25. Kiera Anglin banked in a basket to put Groesbeck back on top 27-25 with 3:59 to play Sebek scored the next two baskets in less than a minute to put Troy ahead 31-27. The Lady Goats got a basket from Kayla Evans to pull back to a two-point deficit as the quarter ended.
Evans scored first in the fourth period at the 7:25 mark to make it a tie game again 31-31. Then Alexis Burns got fouled and made one of two free throws to put Groesbeck back on top 32-31. But Emily Jarolik got hot for the Trojanettes and scored two baskets to push the Troy lead to 35-32 with 5:33 left in the game Jodie.Finch increased the lead to 37-32 before Johnson made a free throw for Groesbeck to cut the lead to 37-33. She further cut into the Troy lead with a two pointer with 3:46 to play.
Aubrey Russell and Saxon scored on a trey and a basket respectively to build the Troy lead to seven at 42-35. Johnson scored again but was offset by Jarolik hitting her third basket of the quarter. Anglin made a long three for Groesbeck with 2:01 left to play. Russell scored again for a 46-43 lead. Cox made her only basket in eight attempts, a trey from the left-hand side of the court to make it a 46-43 game. Finch and Russell hit jumpers again for Troy. In the final 21 seconds of the game, Saxon and Kayla Evans each scored twice from the free throw line for their teams Troy had a hard-fought 52-45 win.
Johnson led Groesbeck with 11 points. Cox finished with 10, making seven of 14 free throw shots and a trey.Anglin put in seven points on three of 10 shooting. Evans scored six points. Menzel scored four points, Ryan three and Burns and Marlie Barber two points each. Menzel led all the Lady Goats with nine rebounds followed by Cox with eight rebounds, Evans and Johnson each hauled in five caroms. Anglin and Cox each made two steals while Johnson pilfered the Troy pockets one time. The Lady Goats made 34 turnovers, a stat noted by coach Daversa as being a key factor in Groesbeck not getting its first district win.
The Lady Goats closed out their season on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6 against Clifton.
The Goats in the nightcap held on to a share of first place as they ran over the Trojans 56-43. They improved to 8-3 in District 19-3A and faced Clifton on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6.
The Goats are traveling to Bruceville-Eddy this Friday, February 9, and will host the last game of the season at home on Friday, Feb. 13 against Whitney.
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