2010-02-18 / Sports

Lady Buffs Clinch District Title

by Lee Essman

The Giddings Lady Buffs clinch the outright district title this week with two big victories at home over rivals La Grange and Smithville. On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Lady Buffs hosted the Lady Leps of La Grange with the district championship on the line. A La Grange win would have put the Lady Buffs and the Lady Leps in a tie for first with Giddings still having to play Smithville on Friday and La Grange with Columbus and Sealy left to play. The game was close in the first quarter with Giddings taking an 18-14 lead and continued to be a tight game with the Lady Buffs going into halftime with a 37-29 advantage. “La Grange played hard and pushed the ball on us more effectively that at their place,’ noted Coach Essman, ‘they were definitely playing to win.” The Lady Buffs came out in the third, and in a similar fashion of their first meeting came out and outscored La Grange 24- 13 to take a 61-42 lead at the end of the third. “We came out and played more aggressively we made some big shots,’ said coach, ‘our offense is our defense, that’s how we have played all year.” Scoring for the Lady Buffs were: Kayla Winkfield, 20; Cassidy Melcher, 17; Jena Meuth and Jordan Masek, 12; Heather Belyeu, 5; Allyson Roberts, 2; and Darrecia Johnson, 1.

On Friday, Senior Night, the Lady Buffs hosted Smithville with at least a co-championship sewn up. The Lady Buffs honored their seniors who played their last home game; Maegen Bradley, Jordan Masek, and Jena Meuth. “These young ladies have been the core of this team for the past three seasons and they will be sorely missed. They lead by example and have been a joy to coach,’ noted Coach Essman. With a win versus the Lady Tigers, Giddings would claim the outright district title. The game was a defensive struggle and tied at 9 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams played tough defense as the game was a physical one and Giddings took a 23-17 lead going into the half. “Smithville is a well coached team and they played hard against us,’ stated Coach, ‘we are in a different position this year being the defending district champ.” The Lady Buffs came out at halftime and turned up the intensity and shot the ball well to take a 44-28 lead at the end of the third quarter. Smithville made a run in the fourth and outscored Giddings 23-18 but came up short and Giddings clinched the district title with a 62- 51 win. Scoring for the Lady Buffs were: Jena Meuth, 14; Kayla Winkfield, 11; Jordan Masek and Darrecia Johnson, 9; Maegen Bradley, 7; Cassidy Melcher and Caitie Carney, 4; Allyson Roberts, 3; and Alex Masek; 1.

Giddings is now 24-7 overall, 9- 0 in district. The Lady Buffs will have played at Columbus Tuesday and will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Lady Buffs will play the winner of Yoakum/Gonzales vs. Somerset bidistrict game on February 18th or 19th with the site possibly being in Schulenburg but still yet to be determined.

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