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Poth teams continue to roll through the competition
‘The girls took the floor first, but it was hardly a competition, as the Pirettes obliterated the Jourdanton Squaws, 75-9.’
POTH -- The Poth Pirate and Pirette basketball teams have been on a tear as of late, and the varsity squads each added a pair of victories last week over Dilley and Jourdanton.
On Feb. 1, the teams traveled to Dilley to take on the Wolves. The Pirettes went first, and promptly handed Dilley a 66-26 loss.
The Pirettes jumped out to an early lead in the first period, and held a 15-2 advantage as they moved into the second stanza. Poth increased its intensity from there to score 22 points, but Dilley added another 18 of its own, making the score at the break 37-20 in favor of Poth.
The Pirettes came out in the third period and dominated at both ends of the floor. Poth scored 28 points, while holding Dilley to just 3. With the score 65-23 at the end of the third, the game was all but over. Poth showed a bit of mercy on Dilley, adding just 1 point in the final period, but the Wolves could manage only 3 additional points of their own, and fell by the final score of 66-26. Jordan Kotara led Poth with 12 points, followed by Tara Dunn with 11, and Micah Weaver with 10.
The boys took the court after the girls, and the contest proved to be much closer. It came down to the wire, but the Pirates held on for a 48-46 win.
The evenness of the two teams was evident in the first period, as the teams were tied at 11 points after the first eight minutes. Poth had a solid second-period effort, though, and outscored the Wolves to take a 28-22 lead into the locker room.
The two teams played a tight third period, but Dilley held the advantage for that stanza, outscoring Poth 10-8, and narrowing the lead slightly. The Wolves also went on to outscore the Pirates in the final period, 14-12, but were still a basket short, as Poth locked up the win, 48-46. Jacob Caloss led the Pirate scoring effort with 12 points, followed by Billy Korzekwa with 11, and Denver McKinney with 7.
Delayed one day for weather, the Poth Pirate and Pirette basketball teams went back to work Feb. 5, as they hosted the Jourdanton Indians and Squaws.
The girls took the floor first, but it was hardly a competition, as the Pirettes obliterated the Squaws, 75-9.
Poth came out strong as it always does, but faced little resistance en route to a 33-point first period. The Pirette defense also held the Squaws scoreless in the first period.
Leading 33-0 as they moved into the second period, the Pirettes continued to apply pressure to Jourdanton. Poth scored another 22 points, while holding the Squaws to just 4, giving the Pirettes a cushy 55-4 advantage at the half.
Head Coach Peggy Hosek pulled way back on the reins in the second half, but the Pirettes continued to outscore the Squaws 12-5 in the third period and 8-0 in the fourth, giving Poth the lopsided 75-9 victory. Tara Broyles led the onslaught for Poth with 22 points, followed by Ashley Fuller with 14, and Dunn with 13 points.
As the boys took over the court, the Indians were looking for a little payback, but also fell drastically short.
The Pirates took a comfortable lead in the first period, while holding Jourdanton back a little. As the first period came to an end, Poth held a solid, though not insurmountable, lead at 22-14. But while Poth backed up its first-period effort with a 21-point showing in the second, the Jourdanton offense produced just 4 points in the period, and the Indians found themselves in a 43-18 hole at the break.
Poth remained consistent in the third and fourth periods of play, scoring 22 and 20 points, respectively, while holding Jourdanton to 13 in the third and 8 points in the final period of play. When the final buzzer sounded in the game, fans from both sides were glad to see it come to an end.
The Pirates had four players score in double digits, including McKinney with 18, Korzekwa with 17, Tommy Waclawczyk with 15 points, and Jesse Dugi with another 10.
The Pirettes were scheduled to play their last regular-season game of the year Feb. 8 in Three Rivers, and will then begin preparing for another run at a state title. The Pirates were also scheduled to play Three Rivers Feb. 8, and will conclude their regular season with games against Cotulla and George West. The Pirates will also make the postseason again this year.
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