Industrial tops George West to advance to regional final
Feb. 23, 2018 at 10:18 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2018 at 1 a.m.
SEGUIN - Industrial's Chloe Darilek doesn't mind coming off the bench for the Lady Cobras.
The senior post just wants to make sure that when she steps on the court, she helps her teammates in any way possible.
"I just do whatever it takes for our team to get the win," Darilek said. "I had a bunch of nerves at the beginning, but once we started playing it just seemed like a regular game."
Darilek came off the bench and scored 12 points as the No. 18 Lady Cobras extended their winning streak to 18 games after defeating George West 42-25 in the Region IV-3A semifinal game at the Goldie Harris gym.
"We have about seven starters," said second-year Industrial head coach Shannon Taylor. "Everyone has accepted their role and will do whatever it takes for us to get a win. It's good to have a lot of players contribute, whether they're starters or come off the bench."
With the win the Lady Cobras (33-5) advance to the Region IV-3A final to take on Odem, which defeated Lago Vista 51-29 on Friday in a Region IV-3A semifinal, at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Goldie Harris gym.
This was the fourth straight game in the playoffs in which the Lady Cobras held their opponent to under 30 points.
"It's about the system," Taylor said. "They believe in the system, and when you believe in something, you're going to fight a lot harder. They understand what their roles and the key is hustling, going the extra mile. That can make up for things on the court when you give more effort than the other team."
Industrial never trailed after senior guard Sarah Kusak hit a 3-pointer to start the game.
"I felt like it was going to be a consistent game," said Kusak, who finished with six points. "We just have to do what we have done all year and just play our game. We have to fight for each basket on every possession."
The Lady Cobras finished the first quarter on a 14-2 run and took a 15-7 lead after the first quarter.
Darilek had back-to-back layups then knocked down two free throws at the end of the second quarter for the Lady Cobras.
"I was really driving more and that's something I'm not used to doing," Darilek said. "Usually I'm in the post, but it felt good to drive to the basket."
Industrial went into the locker room with a 28-11 lead over the Lady Horns.
"We were real good offensively in the first half," Taylor said. "We have had some problems starting out, but tonight we got things going. We just needed to come out the same way in the third quarter. We have struggled at times starting the second half.
The Lady Horns outscored the Lady Cobras 10-4 in the third quarter, finishing on a 7-0 run to cut Industrial's lead to 11, 32-21, at the end of the third.
The Lady Cobras sealed the win at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Industrial made 10 of 12 from the line, with three points coming from Darilek and seven coming from Desiree Hill, who finished with nine points.
Industrial will now look forward to the Lady Owls (33-6).
"At this stage, all the teams are good," Taylor said. "There's no bad and it comes down to who is going to do the little things and who wants it more."
Industrial 42, George West 25
Points - (Industrial) Caeli Taylor 7, Chloe Darilek 12, Raegan Doyle 4, Desiree Hill 9, Kylann Griffith 4, Sarah Kusak 6. (George West) Brooke Warlick 5, Cammy Bartlett 4, Beth Ham 2, Audrey Feist 4, Bridget Upton 10. Halftime - Industrial 28, George West 11. 3-pointers - Warlick 1, Upton 2, Taylor 1, Kusak 1.
Records - Industrial 33-5, George West 23-10.