Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Turnovers, missed free throws cost Ladies the game

Hopkinsville 49, Crittenden 46
Crittenden 11 27 33 49
Hopkinsville 11 17 25 46
Crittenden - Brantley 18, Hodge 9, Tabor 9, Courtney 6, Graham 2, Brown 1, Johnson 1, Franklin. FG. 17. 3-pointers none. FT. 12-20. Fouls 18.
Hopkinsville - Soldo 20, Williams 7, Nolen 6, Miller 8, Kemp 4, Cole 4. FG. 17. 3-pointers 1 (Miller). FT. 12-20. Fouls 18.

The Lady Rockets were doomed by 22 turnovers and a very poor 12-of-20 showing at the charity stripe Tuesday at Hopkinsville and dropped the contest 49-46.
With the Lady Tigers playing a triangle-and-two defense to try and limit Crittenden guards Laken Tabor and Jessi Hodge, the visitors struggled to get any consistent offense throughout the game.
Trailing 33-25 entering the fourth quarter, Crittenden (2-3) picked a bad time to go cold from the free throw line. They missed eight free throws in the last stanza which was a huge obstacle in preventing them from making a comeback.
“We just didn’t get going for any length of time,” Lady Rocket coach Shannon Hodge said after the loss.
Long range shooting was also a problem for the Lady Rockets as they were 0-of-10 from the three-point territory in a three point defeat.
One bright spot in Tuesday’s defeat was the way Crittenden went to the boards outrebounding the hosts 46-29.
Whitney Johnson recorded 11 rebounds followed closely behind by Summer Courtney and Laken Tabor with nine apiece.
The Lady Rockets’ three losses have come by an average of only 4.3 points per game as their biggest margin of defeat has been by six points.
Hodge wants her team to realize that one play on either end of the court can spell the difference in winning and losing.
“The expectations have to start in practice,” she said.
Hodge continues to be pleased with the performance of reserve senior center Tiffany Graham, who recorded two points and a pair of rebounds in Tuesday’s loss.
“Tiffany has given us some valuable minutes this year,” she said.

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