Girls Varsity Basketball · Girls Varsity Basketball falls to Claude 43 – 36

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Maidens fall in Regional Semifinals.
The 13th ranked 8-2A Haskell Maidens (34-1) made the drive out west to the Texan Dome at South Plains College last Friday night to take on the 9th ranked 2-2A Claude Lady Mustangs (31-3) in the Regional Tournament. Haskell outscored Claude 31-27 after the first quarter but they could never overcome a slow start to the game as they ended up falling 43-36. Claude went on to beat Panhandle 41-36 in the Regional Championship game and advanced to the State Tournament.
Haskell was led offensively by Junior Taylor Manske who finished with 11 points and Junior CEra Taylor who finished with 10 points. Other leading scorers on the night were Ariel Martinez with 9, Landry Hanson 5, and Hollyn Hadaway 1. Leading the team in assists was Hadaway with 5, Hanson 2, Manske 1, Martinez 1, and C Taylor 1.
The Maidens were (14-34) for 41% from the field, (5-17) for 29% from behind the 3 point arc, and (3-6) for 50% from the free-throw line. Offensively, I thought we did a great job valuing the ball and handling their half court press. The girls executed at a high level and they did an excellent job reading their different defenses, head coach Blake Eddleman said.
Claude was (14-41) for 34% from the field, (3-18) for 16% from behind the 3 point arc, and (12-19) for 63% from the free-throw line. Defensively, I thought the girls did an awesome job against a very good team. They held their best player (Jenna Cooper) to 14 points and they made it very tough on the rest of the team. It was the best defense that we have played all year long and we did it against a high powered scoring team. I was extremely proud of the girls for their effort and determination, Eddleman said.
For only the second time all year, the Maidens were outrebounded. Claude won the rebound battle over Haskell 25-20. C Taylor led the team in rebounds with 8 followed by Hadaway and Manske with 5 each. Leading the team in steals was Manske, Martinez, and C Taylor with 1 each. Manske and Hanson finished the game with 1 block.
Overall, I was so proud of the girls against Claude and so proud of the girls this year. The Regional Tournament was an awesome destination but nothing compares to our awesome journey that we have been on this season.
It has been an awesome and historical ride. We have so much to be thankful for and so many memories to cherish for a life time. We had a great season and we achieved so much as a team. We were Fantasy of Lights Tournament Champs, Undefeated District Champs, Bi-District Champs, Area Champs, Regional Quarterfinal Champs, we reached the Regional Tournament for the first time in 26 years, and we finished with an overall record of 34-2.
I greatly appreciate the girls for their hard work, teamwork, unselfishness, and all the sacrifices they made throughout the season. It was an honor and blessing to lead this special group of girls. We had a very successful basketball season, but that is not the most important thing. Hopefully, the girls have a great understanding of what it took to be successful and hopefully they will apply those things throughout the rest of their lives in all that they do. That is what you hope for as a coach and that is where the true success lies. On behalf of our team, I would like to thank everyone for their awesome support throughout the 2017-2018 season, Eddleman said.