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Poth Pirettes are state-bound
The Poth Pirettes celebrate their Region IV Championship after defeating Schulenburg Feb. 23 in Seguin.
Wilson County NewsFebruary 27, 2013 3,748 views 1 comment
POTH -- The Poth Pirettes are playing their final basketball season under Head Coach Peggy Hosek, and there is nothing the team would like more than to send her out with another state championship.
The Pirettes have been to the state tournament during eight of the last nine seasons, and won it all in 2007. Poth made it to the finals in 2008, and then again in 2012. Now, in 2013, they are just two wins from another state title.
Poth’s final week leading up to the state tournament began with a regional quarterfinal game against Boling. The game was over just about as quickly as it started, however, and Poth had zero trouble with Boling.
The Pirettes opened the first period with 29 points, and then duplicated the effort in the second. With a halftime lead of 58-17, the second half was little more than a formality. The Pirettes outscored their opponents 19-8 in the third period and 13-11 in the fourth, and sealed up the quarterfinal win by the final score of 90-36. Four Pirettes were in double digits in scoring, and 12 different players added to the scoreboard.
Poth traveled to Seguin Feb. 22-23 to compete in the Region IV tournament, and found the competition a bit tighter. Still, Poth is a scoring machine, and controlled their semifinal with Aransas Pass from the onset.
The Pirettes held a 15-8 lead after the first period, and then exploded in the second period for 27 more. Aransas Pass managed to score 11 in the second, but still trailed 42-19 at the half. Each team posted 18 points in the third period, but the lead was more than sufficient as the teams moved into the final eight minutes. The Pirettes scored 17 more while allowing just 16, and locked up a 77-53 win.
Schulenburg has become a big obstacle for the Pirettes, and the district co-champs met for the third time this season in the Region IV final, proving what everyone in District 28-2A already knew -- these are the two best teams in the region.
Poth won the first matchup between the two back on Dec. 18, and Schulenburg won the second meeting on Jan. 22. There was more at stake this time, however, as a win here meant a trip to the state tournament, and a loss meant an end to the season.
As the game got under way, the Pirettes and Shorthorns opened up a quick pace, and scored a total of nearly 30 points. Poth held the advantage, though, leading 17-11 after the first period of play. The Pirette defense stiffened in the second and the Shorthorns were held to just 4 points. Poth, meanwhile, went on to add 12 more to the board, and held a 29-15 lead at the break.
A 14-point lead was nice, but it was nowhere near enough for Hosek and the Pirettes, as the girls came out of the locker room and turned in their best scoring period of the night, dropping in 19 points while holding Schulenburg to just 8. Poth went on to outscore its opponent by 3 in the fourth period, and secured a convincing 66-38 win en route to the Region IV title.
The Pirettes are now just two wins from a state title, but picking up those victories will take everything they have. Poth (28-5) will face Merkel (37-1) in the state semifinal round of play this Friday, March 1, beginning at 10 a.m. inside the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Should the Pirettes win, they will play the winner of the game between Brock (33-5) and Centerville (30-6). Brock is considered the favorite as the defending state champions for the past four years running. The Class 2A state championship will be played Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. inside the Frank Erwin Center.
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