The Coleman Bluekatts' season ended on Friday, February 12th in Robert Lee, after a loss to Christoval, 48-39.
The Bluekatts played hard, and even the injured Senior Abbi Allen put it all on the line for her team. She had another double-double night with 12 points and 11 rebounds. This, all after an ankle injury had sidelined her immediately after the last district game and through the practice games leading up to the Bi-District Championship. Another big accomplishment came Allen's way during the game.
The game against Christoval started out very low scoring; the Lady Cougars were up 6-3 with 2:28 left in the 1st quarter. By the end of the period, they were up 9-7. Only Allen and Freshman Katy Elder had scored for the Katts. Neither team was 'shooting the lights out' but it was a fast-paced up and down the floor game.
During the 2nd quarter, Allen came alive, scoring 6 more points. Then, Allen made her 1,000th HS career point ... an outside shot from near the right side corner, while being closely guarded. Those on the bench and the fans in the stands cheered for Allen on this rare feat.
The Bluekatts were now up with 2:17 in the 2nd, 19-16. That shot fired up the team and they went into halftime with a 24-19 lead over Christoval. Other scorers that quarter were Senior Adley Johnson with a 3-pointer, Junior Tessa Arnold with a jump shot, and Elder with two more points.
The teams came out in the 3rd quarter with the Bluekatts holding a 5-point lead. However, in the first two and half minutes, the Lady Cougs had held Coleman to 1 Elder free throw, while scoring 7, changing the lead with Christoval up 26-25. With 1:37 in that period, the Katts were down 32-29. Junior Aislyn Cox made two free throws bringing the Bluekatts within 1 (32-31) to end the 3rd Quarter.
With 4:45 left in the final period, the score was tied 36-36. The Bluekatts were working hard on defense, getting steals, and running the floor. But Christoval did the same, and went up 42-36, and less than two minutes left to play. Coleman scored and then, with 1:09 on the clock, Elder made a free throw, and Coleman was again within 3 points (42-39).
That was the closest the Bluekatts got in the final moments of the game. Several time outs were called, but Coleman couldn't get the lead back, ending their season with a 48-39 heartbreaking loss.
Free throws are always a big part of the game of basketball. They became a sort of 'Achilles heel' for the Bluekatts. Not so much because they missed them, but because Christoval had so many more chances; the Bluekatts had 21 fouls called on them, giving the Lady Cougs 25 FT opportunities, and Christoval only had 10 fouls called, giving Coleman only 10 free throw opportunities. Transition points made a difference, also, with Christoval getting 14 off of fast breaks, and Coleman only 4. Even with Allen in the paint, both teams had 31 rebounds. Coleman did have more deflections (8-5), steals (17-16) and blocks (4-0). But the scoreboard is all that matters in the end, and Christoval took this one.
Coleman Today is very proud of the CHS Bluekatts and their coaches for an exciting season. We can't wait for next year, with the momentum of going into the playoffs this year carrying the team forward. (Two photo albums were published and can be found on the GALLERIES page of our site and below this article.) Individual stats from the Bi-District game are below:
Coleman 39 - Christoval 48
- Abbi Allen - 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 defl, 5 steals, 3 blocks
- Katy Elder - 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 defl, 2 steals
- Adley Johnson - 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 defl, 3 steals
- Tessa Arnold - 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals
- Aislyn Cox - 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 1 block
- Brylei Gilbreath - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 defl, 1 steal
- Payton Garrett - 1 assist
- Other Bluekatts were Haylee West, Analise Flores, Liz Harris and Vallyn Rosales.