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    Goliad girls knock off Taft in area round



    Goliad's Bailey Janssen attempts to save the ball from going out of bounds during the third quarter of Friday's playoff game against Taft.

    Goliad's Bailey Janssen attempts to save the ball from going out of bounds during the third quarter of Friday's playoff game against Taft.

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    Goliad's Emily Perez goes for a layup during during the first half of Friday's playoff game against Taft.

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    Goliad's Emily Perez shoots during the first half of Friday's playoff game against Taft.

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    Goliad's Emily Perez takes a shot during the first half of Friday's playoff game against Taft.

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    Taft's Caitlyn Guajardo, left, and Goliad's Brianna DelaGarza fight for a loose ball during the first half of Friday's playoff game.

    WOODSBORO - Goliad's Emily Perez wasn't pleased with her team's performance, but she wasn't going to argue about the bottom line.

    "We could have played better," said Perez, who scored a game-high 24 points, "but a win's a win."

    The Tigerettes jumped out to an early lead and went on to a 54-37 win over Taft in the Class 2A area playoff Friday night at the Eagle Dome.

    Goliad improved to 27-8 and advanced to the regional quarterfinals against the San Diego-Marion winner, which play Saturday in Pleasanton.

    Goliad limited the Lady Hounds (25-10) to two field goals in the first half. The Tigerettes outscored Taft 17-5 in the second quarter to take a 29-11 lead at halftime, and the lead never got below double digits in the second half.

    "I didn't think we played very well," said Goliad coach John Reyes. "We played sloppy. We had turnovers. They were uncharacteristic. We weren't hitting any outside shots. They're a scrappy bunch, and they're playing, and you've got to give them credit. The way they play defensively probably got us off our game."

    Melanie Jones added 14 points for Goliad, which forced 19 turnovers.

    "We just need to keep practicing as we have been," Perez said, "and hopefully keep going strong."



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