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JOSHUA - The Wylie girls basketball team lost twice and tied heading into Saturday's game at the Joshua Lady Owls sHOOTout, where it picked up a win to end the three-day tournament on a high note.
The victory came 2-0 against Azle as a pair of Lady Bulldogs scored their first varsity goals. Wylie played with the wind in the first half and got a goal from Gabby Gingrich, who scored from 25 yards out of an assist from Rozlyn Rumsey.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-3-1) made it 2-0 in the second half as Skylar Stump set up the goal by bringing the ball down the sideline and crossed to freshman Addison Adkins for the score.
"It felt great to end the weekend with a win," Wylie coach Madison Martin said. "We entered the weekend knowing we had some tough tasks ahead. We are a really young team, we were missing a couple of players due to sickness or injury and we had four talented opponents to face.
"Despite that and the crazy weather, we left everything on the field every game and I couldn't be more proud of these girls. We were able to grow closer as a team and gain some valuable experience that will help us going into district in the next couple weeks."
In Thursday's opener, Avery Anders made six saves, but Argyle scored in the final two minutes for a 1-0 victory. Wylie played Granbury to a scoreless tie, losing 4-2 in penalties for tournament purposes.
"It was a great game (against Granbury) we felt like we should have won," Martin said. "But I'm glad we got the opportunity to practice penalty kicks. It's difficult to recreate that scenario in practice, so it's good to have some experience before we go into district."
Friday ended with a 4-0 loss to the host team. Anders made four saves while Wylie's lone shot on goal came from Lucy Fulton.
"Joshua was a very special team with a formation and talent we hadn't yet faced," Martin said. "We battled hard, but had trouble getting the ball into our attacking half."
Wylie goes west Tuesday, taking on Odessa High at 5 p.m.
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