State-ranked Maypearl handed the Tolar girls a 58-39 road setback Friday night that made the Lady Rattlers’ road to a possible playoff spot a little tougher.
The Lady Rattlers (11-11, 4-6 in district) saw Maypearl, ranked 25th in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, pull away in the second quarter to take a 26-14 lead at intermission. Tolar was also outscored 21-14 by the Lady Panthers in the third quarter.
Maypearl, with the win, maintained its hold onto the top spot in district.
Tolar still can qualify for the playoffs. The Lady Rattlers don’t necessarily have to win their final two district games, but it would help.
If Keene (4-5) falls to Grandview and Maypearl, Tolar could take fourth place in the district by tying Keene for fourth and then winning a one-game district playoff in the event of a tie. Or, if Tolar wins out and Keene drops two games, the Lady Rattlers would finish alone in fourth place for the No. 4 playoff berth.
“They have to lose to Maypearl and Grandview and we have to either win out to have fourth outright or win out (and) tie with Keene,” Tolar coach Benita Carlton said. “Or if Keene beats Maypearl or Grandview then we will be out possibly. In this case we would definitely have to win out to be in a tie.”
Complicated sounding, yes, but hopes for the postseason remain nonetheless.
Tolar and Keene split their district meetings, each winning on the other’s home court.
Hannah Peregrino was the top scorer for Tolar Friday with 10 points, and added five rebounds. Teammates Carly Knapp and Michaela Phillips scored six each. Knapp led the Lady Rattlers in rebounding with seven.
Tolar shot just 33 percent from the field and missed nine of 14 free throws.
“We couldn’t seem to get it going offensively,” Carlton said. “We have to be able to play 32 minutes. Right now we’re only playing 24. You can’t win very many ballgames shooting 53 percent from the free throw line.”
The Lady Rattlers were scheduled to play Rio Vista at home last night. Tolar will finish its regular-season schedule on Jan. 31 at Grandview. Other teams in the district will close out the regular season on Feb. 4.
“This week’s a huge week for us,” Carlton said. “We need to start peaking, and get it going. Now’s the time. There’s no more holding back.”
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Tolar 8 6 14 11 – 39
Maypearl 9 17 21 11 – 58
Tolar (11-11, 4-6 in 10-2A) – Hannah Peregrino 10, Carly Knapp 6, Michaela Phillips 6, Marlee Thomas 5, Laura Anderson 5, Shelby Nunley 3, Staci Ashley 3, Meredith Caudle 1.
3-pointers – Nunley 1, Anderson 1.
Rebounds – Knapp 7.
Free throws – 5-14.