Intensity, or lack thereof, can be a tremendous factor on the hardwood.
On Tuesday, the Edinburgh girls basketball team forced 29 Medora turnovers, with 12 in the first half, in a 62-18 rout at the Hornets Nest.
The Lancers opened the game on an 11-0 run behind seven points from sophomore Brianna Howard at the 4:53 mark.
Two made free throws by the Hornets’ Megan Weddell cut the lead to single digits with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Jadelyn Dean sunk the first Hornets field goal of the night with 1:20 on the clock.
In the second quarter, the Hornets went on a 5-0 run with 5:03 remaining in the half off four Lancers turnovers.
However, the Lancers then buckled down defensively, forcing a handful of Hornets turnovers, and went on an 11-0 run before the halftime break.
Following a 30-19 lead at halftime, the Lancers allowed just two Hornets points in the third quarter.
The Lancers relied on a heavy full-court press in the first half but switched to man and zone for most of the remainder of the game.
“Second half, we were just working on some different defenses we can use for sectional,” Lancers coach Amy Macy said. “We felt that we could change it up and see how they looked. Our press was pretty good. We need to come out with our press to keep the (defensive) intensity up.”
Kayli Littiken scored eight points in the third as the Lancers led 49-13 after 24 minutes of play.
In the final three minutes of play, the Lancers went on a 10-2 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from freshman Makenzie Hill.
“We didn’t help ourselves in any facet of the game tonight,” McCammon said. “We had no effort or enthusiasm; we were just here in spirit. If you play like that you’re not going to beat anybody. The look on their faces was, ‘Let’s just get it over with,’ and you can’t compete like that.”
The Lancers out-rebounded the Hornets 39-26 and were led by 13 boards from sophomore Allie Schooler. Of their 39 rebounds, the Lancers finished with 20 on the offensive glass.
“We focused on rebounds and creating turnovers, especially after last night’s loss (to Eastern Hancock),” Macy said. “We wanted to keep our defensive intensity up the entire game. In the second quarter, I thought we had a lull, and we picked it back up there.”
Victoria Pfeiffer led the Hornets with 10 rebounds, and Dean topped the squad with seven points.
“Edinburgh was an aggressive team on both ends of the floor, and we just seemed to not want to respond the way the game was being played,” McCammon said. “When it’s a physical ballgame you need to stick your nose in, and we didn’t do that.
Eight players scored for the Lancers, with five finishing in double-digits.
“They were all looking for their shots and looking for the extra pass to get their teammates involved,” Macy said. “We also hit the boards strong; we had a lot of second-chance points, and we need to continue that. It’s giving us a boost, and hopefully it gets the momentum going. Our goal is just next week, and we need to keep our eyes on that.”
The Hornets finish the regular season 6-18 and will travel to the West Washington Sectional to play Orleans on Feb. 10.
On Friday, the Lancers (3-18) will conclude their regular season when Lutheran comes to town.