Lady Eagles fall short against Central in area finals

Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Goshen Lady Eagles came up short in the Class 2A Area 6 Tournament championship on Friday evening when they fell to Central 74-53.

Even with the loss, in the are finals, with a win on Wednesday night against Calhoun, the Eagles have punched a ticket to next week’s sub-regionals where they will play at Thorsby on Monday night beginning at 6 p.m.

On Friday evening, the Lady Eagles fell victim to a physical of brand of basketball being played by the Lions.

“Nothing happened tonight really,” said Eagles head coach Fred Lowery. “We played a good team in Central tonight. They just couldn’t miss anything.”

The Lions focused on stopping playmaker Bree Griffin sending some extra pressure her way.

“They sent three and four people at Bree (Griffin),” Lowery said. “They didn’t give us any problems we played well in the first half and Bree was stroking it. After halftime they had three people on her.”

The Eagles and the Lions battled throughout out the first half and went into the locker room at halftime tied at 26.

In the second half, the strong and physical play of the Lions mixed with foul trouble for the Eagles were too much to handle for the team from Goshen.

Bree Griffin even with the pressure led the Eagles in scoring with 25 points, while Shamiya Griffin added 14.

Even with the 19-point loss, there was some positives for coach Lowery and the rest of the Eagles to hold their hat on as they move into the sub-regionals.

“We made our free throws tonight,” Lowery said. “I want to say we were like 12-15 from the line tonight, which is extremely good. The girls played good, we just had a few turnovers.”

All is not lost for the Eagles; they will travel to take on Thorsby in the opening round of the sub-regional tournament beginning on Monday night.

“I told the girls all is not lost,” Lowery said. “I told them to pick their heads up. We are going to regroup. We are going to get together tomorrow (Saturday) and watch some film. We will practice on Sunday and we are going to take care of business. I still truly believe we will be in the regionals next week.