Hornets see improvement in loss
MEDORA — Coach Roger Bane is looking for continued improvement from his Medora girls basketball team.
He saw a lot of improvement from Thursday’s season-opening 66-9 loss at Borden to Friday’s 70-28 home loss to a tall and talented Anderson Prep Academy team.
Bane said those games were a learning experience for his team.
“That’s what it’s going to take from my kids. We’re just going to have to play and figure things out,” he said. “I saw some improvement tonight. This team was 5-0, and is pretty tall and athletic.
“The girls worked hard. That’s all we can ask for. Aaralyn (Hackney) had a good night (19 points). We’ve got to get a little more scoring out of the other kids.”
The Jets scored the first six points of the game before Hackney hit a 3-pointer at the 5:55 mark. That was Medora’s only basket of the first period as they shot 1-for-9, to go along with seven turnovers, and trailed 18-3 going into the second period.
Hackney opened the second period with her second 3-pointer of the game before the Jets moved on top 26-6. Jenna Bowers drove for a layup and Hackney made a free throw for a 23-9 score but Medora’s shooting stayed cold the remainder of the half for a 34-9 score at the break.
Medora shot 3-for-16 and had 16 turnovers in the first half, but the Hornets showed the kind of improvement Bane was looking for in the second half as they cut their turnovers in half, and scored 19 points.
Hackney finished with six 3-pointers and a free throw for her 19 points, Bowers scored seven points and Madison Reece scored her first basket of the season.
“Maddy started finding the middle a little bit, and was looking more comfortable,” Bane said. Bowers changed her game in the second half and drove several times and drew fouls. She was 5-for-8 at the free throw line.
The Hornets had trouble containing Alivia Peoples, a 6-foot sophomore who dropped in 11 field goals and topped all players with 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
Kaylynn Orr came off the bench to score 15 and grab five rebounds.
Thursday night the Hornets fell behind 33-3 at the end of the first period at Borden. They trailed 48-8 at the half, then managed only one free throw in the second half.
Hackney scored six points and Bowers had three.
There are eight girls on the roster, and Bowers and Hackney are the only two that had ever played in a high school game before Thursday as the other six girls are freshmen or sophomores.
Bane said, “We’ve not played for three years. It’s going to take some time. These girls are behind, obviously, but we’re going to keep working. They’re not going to give up on me, and I’m not going to give up on them.”
Several times in the first half Medora players were trapped along the baseline resulting in either a takeaway or got tied up by an Anderson player. Bane said, “They’re not strong enough with the ball, and part of that is a lack of experience. They just don’t know where to go.
“They tried to dribble out of some of those traps. The problem is they’re holding the ball too long, and we shouldn’t be getting in those traps. I knew this team was going to trap baseline. I had watched them play. That was one thing we emphasized, stay off the baseline and out of the corner.
“The first half we were down there. The second half they didn’t get those traps so we improved, and that’s what we want to do. As long as they can switch it up and improve, that’s what we’re looking for.”
Bane and the girls will have all week to work on things as they don’t play again until Nov. 29 when they travel to Madison Shawe.
Seymour beats Batesville
The Seymour girls basketball team defeated Batesville on the road on Friday night 60-47.
The Owls never trailed on the night. Journee Brown had a career-high 22 points to lead the way for the Owls, followed by Kendall Sterling with 14 points, Brooke Trinkle had 11, Claire Marshall had four, Lainey Jackson three, Greer Henry two, Jaidyn Nichols two and Sydney Montgomery two.
Seymour is now 5-0 to start this season. The Owls will look to keep it rolling next Saturday when they play at Greensburg.
Braves roll past Mitchell
The Brownstown Central girls basketball team picked up its fourth-straight win on Friday night when the Braves hosted Mitchell and defeated the Bluejackets 42-19.
Kalee Borden scored 12 points to lead the Braves. Jo Brittain and Addison Darlage each scored six while Maddy Hackman, Kelsey Schneider and Harley Toppe each had five. Kinzee Dean scored two and Camryn Thompson had one.
Brownstown (4-1) will next play on Tuesday night at Columbus East.