The offense proved difficult for the North Callaway girls on Tuesday night at home against Hallsville.
Points have been tough to come by so far this season for the Ladybirds as they have lost five straight games following their 60-32 loss to Hallsville, scoring 34.6 points per game in those games. North Callaway was able to keep some opponents close to their defense – losing 49-46 in their previous game against Community and losing a game 30-28 to Harrisburg – but were unable to do so against the Lady Indians, dropping the most points this season.
Head coach Tim Turlington said on Tuesday it all started with North Callaway (2-6) failure to execute his attack properly, as there were several instances during the game where the Ladybirds lost the control of the ball while the players were in motion.
“We didn’t do a very good selection job,” said Turlington. “We worked a lot on the timing and timing of the attack, but for some reason we had very little or nothing of it all tonight. We have a little pressure and the pressure has affected us tonight.
Hallsville (7-2) took advantage of these mistakes to take a 12-2 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter. The Lady Indians presented a balanced scoring attack that would allow eight players to score, with seven of them on the scoreboard at the end of one.
Ashlyn Hough stepped away from the paint to knock down a 3-pointer to give Hallsville her third basket over the arc, giving the Lady Indians a 20-2 lead after one. North Callaway had a bucket in the first minute of the game after rookie Natalie Shyrock knocked down a jumper in the lane.
Turlington said part of the Ladybirds’ problem offensively this season is that they have to be more aggressive, drive the ball to the rim and shoot at the free throw line when possible.
“We’re just a little too careful,” Turlington said. “We try to play with people. Instead of going towards them and being determined when they drive, determined with the dribbling, protecting the ball and stuff like that that we talk about all the time, we weren’t. When you’re not, good teams charge you.
Turlington said the Ladybirds did a better job when they had a run in the second quarter, reducing Hallsville’s lead to 25-17 with just under a minute to half time after a jumper by Ryelle Schmauch senior.
Sophomore Abrielle Burgher was the only Ladybirds to hit double digits, starting with her second quarter at nine points to give North Callaway a boost and hope early in the game. She finished with a high of 13 points off the bench.
Turlington said Burgher was a starter this season, but tried to shake up the roster to end the team’s slippage, which showed positive results in the second quarter.
“She played really well tonight,” said Turlington. “She does good things that put the ball in the hole. We need a few more people to do this. We have the capacity. They are great girls who work hard and show up on time. We just have to be better at what we do and do it on a higher level.
Before the end of the second quarter, Avery Oetting scored 3 points to give Hallsville a 30-17 lead at halftime and picked up where it left off in the third quarter. She finished the game with 20 points, including 10 in the third before returning to the bench to breathe. North Callaway trailed 50-26 after three quarters.
Turlington said Hallsville did a good job on the inside with the rebound – “jump and get it” while the Ladybugs only “reach and tip it” – which also reinforced the idea. that Ladybugs need to be more aggressive and physical in the future to avoid being defeated like this.
“We had a good race there (in the second quarter) to get back into the race,” said Turlington. “We were playing pretty well. We need to be more physical on both sides. It’s just part of the game. It’s the game.
North Callaway (1-1 EMO) is back at 6 p.m. Thursday when the Ladybirds welcome Eastern Conference foe from Missouri, Montgomery County (7-3, 2-0 EMO)