Coach Brad McCammon says it’s awful hard to win when your team goes a quarter without scoring a point, and finishes a game with 33 points.
That was the scenario the Medora girls basketball team found itself in Friday night when the Hornets lost 61-33 to Martinsville Tabernacle.
“We went back into our shooting woes,” he said after his team missed all 11 of its field goal attempts, and had seven turnovers in the second period and was outscored 17-0 to trail 28-12 at the half.
“When you can’t consistently score over 30 points it’s hard to beat anybody. We’re not aggressive enough on the offensive end. Until we learn that it’s going to be a lot of long nights.”
The Hornets (0-7) were able to trade points with the Eagles throughout the opening period. A layup by Kelsey Turner left the Hornets trailing 4-3 at the 5:50 mark of the opening period.
A 3-point basket by Grace Cobb at the 2:41 mark put the home team on top 6-5. Cobb added two baskets and Turner dropped in two free throws in the final two minutes to give Medora a 12-11 lead going into the second period.
Medora had wide open shots in its half-court offense in the second period but couldn’t get any of them to drop through the net. Emma Roll, meanwhile got hot for the Eagles with six baskets in the period to help her team take command of the game.
Kailen Flynn finally broke the dry spell for Medora with a basket 30 seconds into the third period. Flynn had six points in the third period, but Martinsville outscored the Hornets 21-9 to lead 49-21 going into the final period.
Flynn, Kenley King and Turner scored four points apiece in the final period, but the Eagles matched Medora’s 12 points in the quarter to remain safely ahead.
Flynn topped Medora in scoring with 10 points, Turner scored eight to go with a team-high seven rebounds, and Cobb scored all seven of her points in the first period.
Roll topped the Eagles (6-3) with 17 points.
“They had some decent size and a good transition game,” McCammon said. “What hurt us was we weren’t getting back on defense at all. We switched up defense and went from a zone to man-to-man and it helped to slow them down a little bit.
“But when you run your offensive sets and just can’t knock it down I don’t care how good your defense is. I was pleased, even though only we had 12 at halftime, we came out and scored (21) the second half.
The girls varsity game at Lanesville will start at 4:30, followed by the boys’ junior varsity and varsity games.
“Our injuries didn’t help us,” McCammon said. “We tried to keep healthy kids on the floor. Kelsey had a badly sprained ankle and played pretty well considering that. Gracie’s knee was in bad shape going in, and we had another girl out with a concussion so we’ve had a pretty rough week. It’s not going to get any easier (tonight) at Lanesville.”