Turnovers too much to overcome for Lady Mustangs


NIXON — The Nixon-Smiley Lady Mustangs could not keep up with the #14 Poth Pirates on Tuesday, losing 58-29 to drop to 0-4 in District 27-3A.

“We had 31 turnovers,” Mustangs coach Doug Boatright said. “Thirty-one turnovers against a state-ranked team, that’s going to get you in a big hole every time.”

Nixon-Smiley’s defense held Poth to 12 points in the first quarter, but the turnovers proved to be too much as the Pirates ran off an 11-4 run before Nixon-Smiley answered back with some more scoring.

“We’re young, I got a freshman point guard,” Boatright explained, “got some sophomores out there. We do have a couple seniors. But I think that kind of played a part to it.”

After ending the half down 13, the Lady Mustangs again struggled with turnovers, with Poth outscoring Nixon-Smiley 12-7 to increase their lead to 18 points.

Poth finished the fourth quarter outscoring Nixon-Smiley 17-6.

Leading the Lady Mustangs in scoring was senior post player Katy Tschoepe who scored 12 of the Nixon-Smiley’s 29 points.

 “We just got to play,” Boatright said. “Are we capable [of making the playoffs]? We’re very much capable. We’re not mathematically eliminated from any playoff contention but we got to play from this point forward. We got to go, together.”

Nixon-Smiley travels to #13 Luling on Friday before hosting Karnes City to start the second round of district on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Tipoff for both games is scheduled at 6:15 p.m.

District 27-3A girls hoops
  W L %
Luling 4 0 1.000
Poth 3 1 0.750
Karnes City 3 1 0.750
Stockdale 1 3 0.250
Yoakum 1 3 0.250
Nixon-Smiley 0 4 0.000