Basketball: Cold shooting does in Boyle, 66-46

December 30, 2004|HAL MORRIS

When a 3-point shooting team is not making its 3-point shots, it can make for a long game.

It was that kind of game for Boyle County here Wednesday as the Rebels went 6-for-35 from long range and dropped a 66-46 decision to Hart County in the losers' bracket of the Boyle County Invitational.

"If our shots don't go, we're in a lot of trouble. We shoot a lot of 3s," Boyle County coach Judie Mason. "With Cassie (Anderson) getting in foul trouble, that hurt us. And when Cassie got in foul trouble, we relied on the three way too much, and it just didn't go in."

Boyle played Bryan Station, a 71-64 loser to Montgomery County Wednesday, this afternoon.

Anderson led Boyle with 12 points and grabbed eight boards. Ashley Chalk had eight points and 10 rebounds and Allie Hafley had 10 points.


Boyle (6-5) finished the game 17-for-60 from the field and 6-for-14 at the foul line. The Rebels had nine steals and turned the ball over 10 times.

When Boyle missed, Hart usually got the rebound. The Raiders owned a 53-27 rebounding advantage, including a 38-17 margin on the defensive boards.

"When Cassie goes out, we struggle. You can't win that way," Mason said. "And again, I think it's because when our shots weren't falling, we stood."

Janaya Robins had a game-high 15 rebounds to go with 11 points for Hart (5-5), which went 22-for-48 shooting, including 6-for-19 from 3-point range. The Raiders made 16 of 25 free throws, turned the ball over 18 times and placed four payers in double figures.

Hart led the entire way, taking a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and eventually holding a 20-8 lead with 4:19 left in the first half.

But Boyle came back with a putback from Anderson and back-to-back treys from Michelle Yates to cut the lead to 20-16. With the Raiders leading 23-16, Amber Mills nailed a 3-pointer and Hafley hit a lay-up at the buzzer to slice Hart's halftime lead to 23-21.

"The first half we were right there. We got in a hole, but it was just a two-point game at halftime," Mason said. "We definitely didn't quit tonight."

"They hustled back down the floor and scored. And what was a 12-point lead was two at the half, and I wasn't very pleased at that," Hart coach Tommy Adams said.

Hart began to pull away late in the third quarter, taking a 42-29 lead on a 3-pointer from Lindsay Highbaugh. Boyle kept the game within single digits after three quarters, getting a 3-pointer from Hafley and three points from Chalk to make it 43-35 heading to the fourth. But after making it 52-42 on Anderson's goal with 5:42 left to play, the Raiders went on an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach.

"The difference in the game was in the fourth when we switched to a man-to-man, and they went for a long time and didn't score. I had some good interior defense down low," Adams said.

Mason said she knows her team is a better shooting one than it showed against Hart and Henry Clay Tuesday.

"This team has to have confidence in themselves, and they have to have shots go down or they just fold," Mason said. "Hopefully that's what this tournament will do for us. Hopefully this tournament will give us the confidence. Because face it, we're playing some teams here that teams in our district and region are not near as good as."

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