Miniard not enough to defeat G.W. Long

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 9, 2003

The Goshen Eagles traveled to Skipperville, to face the defending area champions, and the regular season conference leading G.W. Long Rebels.

The Lady Eagles played their game on Friday night, to a packed Long gymnasium, and came up short 45-30.

The Eagles looked good early by playing tight defense, and giving the ball inside to their big center Ashley Miniard.

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Miniard began to shoot three-pointers, and the entire team began to get a little too aggressive on defense. The Lady Rebel's made a late 7-0 run to take a 23-14 lead into the half.

Goshen began the second half much the same way they began the first, with aggressive defense, and simply giving Minnard a chance to make a play inside. G.W. Long sunk a couple of three's late to put them up 32-18 going into the fourth.

The last quarter was little more than desperation for the Eagles as they tacked on the fouls late and lost, ending their season.

After the game the Eagle's coach

James Pair had lots to say, but very little about the players.

"This was the worst officiating I've been around," he said, pointing out a shocking 19-4 second half foul margin.

"It's a shame the officials took the out of the game".

Minnard did finish with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals.