For The Tribune
The Medora girls basketball team had trouble getting its offense going against Shoals on Thursday night, and the result was a 34-33 loss in the Hornets Nest.
“It seemed we played with a lot of intensity against Crothersville in our last outing, and tonight we were just the opposite,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “We were flat, and we couldn’t make that extra pass. We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”
Both teams struggled offensively, as Medora shot only 12 of 45 from the floor and 8 of 16 at the line, and had 22 turnovers. The Jug Rox were 13 of 54 from the floor and 6 of 16 at the line, and had 13 turnovers.
“I tried everything,” McCammon said. “I changed offensive sets and defenses at least four times. I tried everything we (coaches) could think of, but we were just very sluggish and didn’t take advantage of opportunities, and Shoals just seemed to want it more than we did, and went after the ball better than we did. I felt like we were the better team but we just didn’t play hard.”
The game was tied three times in the fourth period, with the last tie coming at 33-all on a layup by Medora’s Jadelyn Dean with 25.2 seconds remaining.
Kenady Bratton of Shoals closed out the scoring with a free throw with 24.4 seconds remaining.
The Hornets worked the ball until Dean drove to the basket and was fouled with 6.3 seconds remaining, but she missed both free throws.
Both teams struggled offensively early as Medora had an 8-7 lead at the end of the first period. Shoals moved on top 11-10 on a 3-pointer by Bratton at 6:20 of the second period.
The Hornets rallied as Dean and Megan Weddell scored baskets, and Dean added a free throw for a 5-0 run and a 15-11 lead with 3:40 on the clock, and the Hornets took a 16-13 lead into the locker room.
Allison Boyd and Ashton Allbright each scored two baskets in the third period when the Jug Rox outscored the Hornets 10-6.
Dean was high scorer for the Hornets (5-16) with 16 points, and Weddell added 8 points and topped her team in rebounds with 11. Medora held a 32-28 advantage in rebounds.
Bratton topped Shoals (2-15) in scoring with 9 points.
“As far as outside shooting, we usually have a little better display of that than we did tonight,” McCammon said.
Against Bloomington Lighthouse, Carley McCammon hurt her ankle and didn’t play the last outing against Crothersville.
“Tonight it was iffy if (Carley) would even go, and I think she played like that,” McCammon said. “She was a little tender and we really don’t have a lot of kids that look for the outside shot, and then she lost her confidence and then she wouldn’t shoot. If nobody will shoot from the outside then they’re going to pack it back in and you’ve got a lot of problems.”
Medora (5-16) will travel to Christian Academy on Monday night.