Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Boys' performance disappointing in loss to Webster

Webster 41, Crittenden 22
Webster 13 20 34 41
Crittenden 5 9 16 22
Crittenden: Pluskota 8, Oliver 6, Gray 4, Pierce 2, Clark 1, Porter 1, Nielsen, Highfil. FG. 7. 3-pointers 1 (Gray). FT. 5-13. Fouls 18.
Webster: Scott 12, Little 6, Winstead 6, Hartig 5, Turner 4, Patmor 4, Tapp 4, Baker, Major, Douglas, Piesk. FG. 10. 3-pointers 3 (Scott 2, Hartig). FT. 12-20. Fouls 17.

The Rockets turned in a lacluster performance Tuesday night against visiting Webster County committing 27 turnovers en route to a 41-22 defeat.
After Crittenden (1-3) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead at the 6:04 mark of the first quarter, the Trojans ran off 13 unanswered points. The hapless Rockets did not score another field goal until :51 ticks left before intermission.
While the Rockets had major issues taking care of the ball, so did the Trojans as they committed 22 for the game.
Unfortunately, Crittenden could not convert many of them into points or they would have been in the game the whole way.
“We just played stupid,” Rocket first-year Coach Chad Hayes describing his team’s poor showing.
He was so disappointed that he said all five starting positions will be up for grabs as practice continues this week.
“We’ve got some stuff to figure out,” he said.
Another area that the Rockets need to get better at in a hurry is free throw shooting.
Through four games this season, they are an anemic 47 out of 93 at the charity stripe for a terrible 50.5 percent.
The Rocket skipper said he could live with a loss if an opponent is simply better than they are and executes better on both ends of the floor.
However, he did not think his team gave themselves a good chance of winning against the Trojans.
With nearly a week before they play again, he is anxious to see how his team responds in practice to the frustrating performance.
“Competitors come back from defeat and dont wallow in it,” Hayes said.
Trojan coach Bev Hart was unsure if he had ever had a team limit an opponent to 22 points in a varsity game.
“Its good to get the win. I thought we played real good defense,” he said.
Conversely, he was also displeased with how his squad failed to protect the ball leading to the 22 miscues.
Despite Tuesday’s results, Hart does not expect an easy game when Crittenden travels to Dixon next month for the rematch.

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