FORSAN — A big third quarter and a little bit too much speed was Coahoma’s undoing as Forsan got a big 47-39 win in District 3-2A play over the Bulldogs Friday in Forsan.
The story for the Bulldogs was the way they came out in the second half.
It was tied at 14 heading into the third quarter, but the game got away from Coahoma a little bit. CHS head coach Kim Nichols said his players couldn’t keep up in transition in the third and most notably, Forsan’s Ty Johnson was tough to slow down.
“It was 14-14 and we were pretty pleased with how we played defense the first,” Nichols said. “I’m sure (Forsan head coach Gary Huckabee) was, too. Any time you hold somebody to 14 in a half, that’s pretty good. They came out and just did a little bit better job than we did
Even bigger, the Forsan Buffs look like they’re pulling things together at the right time.
Forsan had a slow start to the season and the Buffs are still trying to climb to .500, but a win to start district play does wonders for Huckabee’s squad.
“It’s really big for us because it gives us another level of confidence in what we’re doing,” Huckabee said. “The kids are seeing their hard work pay off. I think it’s really big for them to have an early win like this in district against a rival team.”
While the Bulldogs will be in Big Lake for the Reagan County tournament, which starts Dec.29, the Buffs will be in the Sterling City tournament on Dec. 28.
These two teams meet again in Coahoma on Jan. 25, 2011.
FORSAN — The Forsan Lady Buffaloes got a win in District 3-2A action against Coahoma the old-fashioned way:through tough defense.
The Lady Buffs beat the Bulldogettes 38-26 Friday in Forsan to move to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in district play.
The Bulldogettes were held without a point in the first quarter and had four in the second and third quarters.
Forsan head coach Robert Hillger was pleased with the way his team’s defense carried the team.
“We played great defense all night long,” he said. “They didn’t score at all in the first quarter and they scored four points in the second quarter. ... “We’re playing better and better and starting to control the ball the way we want to in terms of executing on offense a little bit better and not letting teams dictate to us how we’re going to play.”
While the Lady Buffs played a good game, Bell said her players were not focused on the task at hand Friday night.
“We were thinking about who we were playing and not thinking about needing a win on the road,” she said. “We probably didn’t start kicking it in until the second half. Nobody was on at all.”
Jennifer Castilaw had a team-high eight points and Coahoma took a few steps back with Friday’s loss.
Bell said the Bulldogettes will have to go back and re-examine themselves before they get into the thick of district play.
Standout point guard Joanna Gonzales did not play the whole second half, hampered by an ankle injury. Bell said she injured it during the Sandhills tournament. After the Post game Tuesday, Gonzales was limping on the injured ankle. Bell said she hopes the break will give Gonzales time to stay off the ankle.