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Comeback falls short

January 5, 2019

The Crosby Lady Cougars faced a 15-point deficit after one quarter.

Crosby reduced that deficit to 12 at halftime and four at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Cougars brought the score within two points in the final minute of the game but ended up falling short, as the Galveston Ball Lady Tornadoes won 47-44 Friday afternoon, Jan. 4 in Crosby.

“If we don’t get down by 15 in the first quarter, I don’t think we lose this ball game; I think we’re able to pull it out and win,” said coach Michelle Trotter. “We didn’t really do a good job in the first quarter of making sure they weren’t able to get the easy baskets in the high post and making sure that we were covering on the cross-cut. We didn’t do a very good job of executing what we had worked on.”

Sophomore Michaela Ray’s free throw was the Lady Cougars lone point in the first quarter, which saw the Lady Tornadoes jump out to a 16-1 lead.

Crosby trailed 20-3 early in the second quarter before going on an 11-6 run, bringing the halftime score to 26-14.

Crosby outscored Ball 20-12 in the third quarter.

“What changed in the second half is we were able to play up-tempo, which is one of our strengths, being able to get steals and rebounds and push the ball up the floor, so we were able to play more our style basketball,” Trotter said.

Senior Briauna Johnson swished a three-pointer in the final minute of the third quarter and hit another three as the buzzer went off, but the referee waved off that basked.

“I really thought she got it off before the buzzer,” Trotter said. “I wasn’t paying attention to the red light; I was watching her, but that would have been huge.”

Johnson finished with a team-high 13 points.

Senior Ta’Nya Gibson grabbed a steal and took it the other way for a lay-up to bring the Lady Cougars to within two points, 44-42. 10 hit a basket with under 30 seconds remaining, but two late Crosby turnovers sealed the game.

Gibson finished the game with nine points.

Lee finished with eight points.

Crosby moves to 12-12, 3-2 in District 22-5A, having dropped its last two district games, a 63-61 loss on to Goose Creek Memorial on Dec. 21 and the loss to Ball.

“We have Texas City on Tuesday, so we don’t have time to sit around and whine about our loss. We’ve got to come in tomorrow and get ready for Texas City, and then Friday we have Friendswood,” Trotter said. “I feel like GCM, Ball, Friendswood and us are the top 4 in our district, so we don’t have time to sit around and lick our wounds, we’ve got to get ready for the next round.”

As of the game against Ball on Jan. 4, Crosby is tied for third place in the district with Goose Creek Memorial.

Ball and Friendswood were both 5-0 as of that date.

Following the home game against Friendswood on Jan. 11, Crosby begins the second round of district play, playing each team for a second time, in its seven remaining regular season games.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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