In a battle of fourth-ranked teams from separate divisions of Class A, Division I Poolville built an early advantage and turned back Division II Lingleville 67-49 at PHS Tuesday evening.
"They hit shots and we didn't," said Lingleville head coach Kade Eckert. "That's the difference in the game for the most part."
Lingleville was just 8-18 from the free throw stripe, and all-state guard Robert VanKranenburg was limited to 13 points. Ruperto Huerta added 12 and Jaden Stoker nine.
Poolville jumped ahead 18-12 after the first, but Eckert said he felt good at that point.
"The first quarter and later the fourth quarter were played at our pace. Even though you look at it and we're outscored in those quarters, it's the pace we're comfortable playing and it's the pace we were most competitive at," Eckert explained. "The second and fourth quarters were not played at our pace at all."
Poolville outscored the Cards 17-9 in the second before the offenses bogged down and combined for just 11 points - six by Lingleville - in the third.
The pace picked up in the fourth with Poolville scoring 27 points and Lingleville 22. The Cardinals cut their deficit to 10 with a couple minutes left.
"We started fouling and they were hitting everything," Eckert said. "Hats off to them, they have a great basketball team. Are we disappointed? Heck yeah we're disappointed. We wanted to go and make a statement. But it's a December third game, not a March game. We'll get up in the morning and go right back to work and continue to improve."
The Cardinals and Lady Cards are hosting a tournament at Lingleville this weekend, weather permitting. The Lingleville girls play Gustine at 8 a.m. and Hico at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, then face Kopperl at 8 a.m. Friday. The second and third seeds from round robin action face off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to determine who plays against the top seed in the 1:30 p.m. championship.
The Lingleville boys host Gustine at 9:300 a.m. and Strawn at 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by Kopperl at 9:20 a.m. and May JV at 8 p.m. Friday. The second and third seeds play at noon Saturday to determine who meets the top seed in the3 p.m. championship.