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MS Tigers drops 23-point decision to Goshen High

The McKenzie Tigers season has wound down to two games – Georgiana and Red Level.

Wednesday night the Tigers will hold court against the Georgiana Panthers as the two teams renew their rivalry. McKenzie picked up the first victory in the 2004-2005 edition of this year's rivalry, but the question is can they pick up a second one.

Folks in the southern part of Butler County will have to until next week before that question can be answered.

But Thursday night, the Tigers, boasting a bench with depth, took to the hardwood in Georgiana for a game against the Goshen Eagles.

When these two teams met earlier in the season, the Eagles were able to escape with a win despite, according to their coach, "trying to give the game away."

In Georgiana, Goshen was giving nothing away.

The Tigers were able to put the first points of the game on the board with a three but quickly found themselves down a basket, 5-3, when the Eagles scored a pair back to back.

The Tigers are able to tie the game but never reclaimed the lead.

Goshen pushed ahead to 13-5 lead , but the scrappy McKenzie Tigers fought back and posted a 9-2 run through the end of the first period and when the horn sounded were one point away from the lead, 15-14.

An Eagle, however, was fouled at the end of the first period and sent to the line. He sank one of two from the charity stripe and pushed the lead up a point, 16-14.

Goshen continued to push ahead in the lead, going on a 10-0 run, before Satterick Rudolph sinks a long three pointer cutting the lead to six, 23-17.

The Eagles however pushed back and were able to put together a 7-2 run to the end the half and put them up 33-19.

At the intermission, McKenzie trailed by 14 points.

That lead swelled in the third period. Goshen pushed ahead despite baskets by Travis Bush, Rhett Lowe and Rudolph and at the end of the third period had nearly doubled their halftime lead, 43-26.

The scrappy Tigers attempted to fight back in the fourth period, but it was a vain effort. The Eagles worked the ball around and shot three's at will, making a majority, but those that they didn't make, they were there to grab the rebound. Lowe, Rudolph and Bush, all combined multiple baskets during the third period. But, it was too little, too late for the Tigers as Goshen pushed their lead from 49-26 at the start of the final period to 56-34 and then finally 62-39 at the final horn.

This was the final area game of the season for the Tigers and the Eagles both, but they will both be playing in the Area tournament. The Tigers will play the No.1 seed in the first round with a right to advance to the sub-regional tournament on the line.

Two games remain on the Tigers schedule before the tournament. They will be on the road against Georgiana and then will finish their season at Red Level.