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Winnsboro ends Poth’s run at state title

Winnsboro ends Poth’s run at state title
Poth Pirettes and Winnsboro Lady Raiders scramble to get possession of the ball March 4.

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Nancy Pavlich
Wilson County News
March 8, 2011
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In the words of the late great San Antonio Express-News sports writer Dan Cook, “The opera ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.” And for the Poth Pirettes, she sang that song March 3 in the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, as Poth fell to Winnsboro in the state semifinal.

Making it to state may not be new for the school district, but it’s new every time for the team. This is its fourth consecutive year in the tournament.

The Pirettes faced the Winnsboro Lady Raiders, who also are no strangers to the state tournament. Although the Pirettes made a good comeback toward the end of the game, the Lady Raiders came out ahead 59-52 to advance to the state championship.

The first half of the game was close for the Pirettes and the Lady Raiders. Both teams went back and forth, making points, and the score remained close throughout both quarters. The Pirettes were playing team ball, and everyone was putting in points. However, the Lady Raiders took several 3-point shots that paid off. Toward the end of the second quarter, the Lady Raiders’ defense put the pressure on the Pirettes, who began racking up personal fouls. The Lady Raiders continued sinking their shots and forcing turnovers, while the Pirettes had difficulty scoring points. The half ended with a slight edge for the Lady Raiders at 28-23.

During the second half, the Lady Raiders took charge. They began pulling ahead of the Pirettes and did not let up. The Pirettes’ shots were not going in, and they had trouble with their free-throw shooting. During the fourth quarter, the number of Pirette fouls sent the Lady Raiders into a double bonus, which gave the team an even greater advantage.

“In the fourth quarter, we knew that it was do or die,” Pirette Tara Dunn said.

The Pirettes started going hard, putting pressure on the Lady Raider offense. They were able to bring the deficit from 14 points down to 7. Unfortunately, there was not enough time left in the quarter for the Pirettes to take the lead. The game ended in a 59-52 win for the Lady Raiders.

Coach Peggy Hosek said she was very proud of the girls and thought they did the best they could against the Lady Raiders and their in-your-face defense.

“Their pressure defense is their trademark, and I think we handled it well,” Hosek said.

The girls were disappointed, to say the least.

“I thought we were very prepared for them -- we came in thinking we were going to win,” Dunn said. “They just, I guess, wanted it a little bit more today.”

In true Pirette fashion, every member of the team contributed to the effort. Ashley Fuller scored 12 points, while Tara Broyles and Micah Weaver added 11 each. Jordan Kotara scored 6, while Claire Raabe contributed 5 points. Tara Dunn put in 4 points, and Kelli Kolodziej added 3.

The loss ends the Pirettes’ basketball season, but doesn’t take the shine off their accomplishments. They ended the season 29-6.

The Pirettes’ young team allows Poth to rebuild for an even stronger future. The Pirettes say goodbye to seniors Tara Dunn and Krista Lamb, but will return again next season with a core of seasoned veterans.

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