FORSAN — A power outage of sorts kept the Forsan Buffaloes and Lady Buffs out of the win column against Lubbock Roosevelt Tuesday night.
Defensively, both teams had their moments against Roosevelt, but it was a different story on the other end of the court, as offensive shortcomings plagued both teams — The Lady Buffs dropped a 59-27 decision, while the Buffaloes ended the night on the short end of a 51-38 score.
Forsan's girls fell to 12-11 overall and 2-6 in District 3-2A play, while the boys dropped to 11-10 and 2-4.
The learning curve has been a steep one this season for the Lady Buffaloes.
Inconsistencies are to be expected of a team with only seven players total and four sophomore starters, and those inconsistencies were exploited fully by district-leading Roosevelt.
“Whatever your forte is, that's what you need to keep you in the game,” Forsan Coach robert Hillger said. “Foer us, that's our defense, but Roosevelt's offense was good enough to overcome that."
Roosevelt's offense came to the fore from the very beginning, spurring the Lady Eagles to an 18-6 first-quarter lead.
But the Lady Buffs' defense did have a moment in the sun during the second quarter, allowing Forsan to move back into contention.
The defense held Roosevelt to four points over the first six minutes of the second quarter, and Forsan took the opportunity to get back into the game — Maria Ortiz scored four of the Lady Buffs' 10 points during that stretch, which ended with the Lady Eagles holding a 22-16 lead.
But that was it as far as Forsan highlights went. The Lady Eagles pushed their advantage back up to 12 by intermission and were never headed after that.
Jasmine Breinard led all scorers with 23 points, while Carly Welch and Kacie Whitley added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for Roosevelt, which improved to 17-7 overall and 8-0 in district play. Cheyenne Galloway scored nine points and Ortiz had eight for the Lady Buffs, who suffered their fourth straight loss.
“We just didn't execute well enough on offense,” Hillger said. “but I'm proud of this group — I wouldn't trade them for anybody."
The Buffaloes were way too gracious as hosts at the beginning of their game against Roosevelt — spotting the Eagles a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter — and that's what ultimately made the difference Tuesday night.
“We just never got out of that hole we dug for ourselves,” FHS Coach Gary Huckabee said. “Roosevelt shot 44 percent for the night, which is pretty good for a high school team, and we shot terribly — about 25 percent … I think we were just forcing it up too much trying to play catch-up and that got us out of our rhythm.”
Cold shooting — aside from their 25 percent shooting from the field, the Buffs managed to sink only five of 15 free throws — never allowed Forsan to mount a serious charge at the Eagles.
Matthew Mims was the only Forsan player in double figures with 11 points. Matt Hiner and Quade Keith each had 11 points for the Eagles, who improved to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in district play.
The Buffs remain in playoff contention, but Huckabee said Friday's game at Colorado City is now critical for his team.
“We've got to win at Colorado City to have a reasonable chance at the playoffs,” Huckabee said. “If we can pick them off … It can give us a good momentum lift and get us back on track.”
Friday's games at C-City begin with the girls' contest at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.