Busy day for Edgewood basketball

It promises to be a busy day for Edgewood as the girls and boys basketball teams continue their respective postseasons.

The Lady Bulldogs (31-6) meet Poth (28-8) in the Class 2A state semifinals at 10 a.m. today at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

The Bulldogs (29-8), meanwhile, take on Kountze (28-8) in the 2A Region III semifinals at 3 p.m. at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. 

The drive between Austin and Nacogdoches — not counting traffic — is about four hours. That might force EHS fans wanting to attend both games to make a decision — whether to leave the girls game early or arrive at the boys game late. 

Regardless, not many schools run into that predicament in March.

“Everyone’s just excited,” Lady Bulldogs coach Kyle Short said. “It’s a great time to be from Edgewood.”

Girls

The Lady Bulldogs are making their first appearance at state since 1996 and only their second in program history. That makes the achievement even more special for a school known for basketball.

There’s expected be hundreds of EHS fans at the game, Short said. 

“It’s like Friday night football; you get into the playoffs and the whole town wants to go,” he said. “It’s kind of a reward. Edgewood has always had great fans and so they enjoy watching the games. We hope to give them two more down in Austin.”

The winner between Edgewood and Poth will take on either Jim Ned (30-8) or defending state champion Brock (33-5) in the title game, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. 

The Lady Bulldogs eliminated 2011 state finalist Winnsboro, 62-52, in the Region III final last weekend at SFA. It was their second straight victory against the Lady Raiders, the other being a 60-59 outcome to force a tie for the District 18-2A title.

“We’ve got five seniors and I think they’ve worked on this the entire six years I’ve been here,” Short said. “They’ve played a lot of summer league and are committed. There’s lots of parent support. About the time gas prices jumped up these kids were finding ways to go play basketball in the summer and spring. ... Maybe they can see that the hard work has paid off.”

Said senior Susan Agesen: “It’s really indescribable. It didn’t hit me until after we shook Winnsboro’s hands. When coach Short started talking to us I started crying, happy tears. We had been battling (Winnsboro) since seventh grade. We knew they were going to be the toughest to beat at regionals. We knew we could. We had to be on our best game, play together and play for Edgewood.”

Boys

Edgewood used a strong fourth quarter to move past Tatum, 61-52, in the regional quarterfinals and earn a spot at SFA. The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 17-6 in the fourth after trailing for most of the game. 

The winner between Edgewood and Kountze will take on either White Oak or Woden in the regional final at 1 p.m. Saturday. 

The state tournament is set for next Thursday-Saturday at UT’s Frank Erwin Center.

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