Girls lose to Spartans, Patriots
Published: Thursday, January 9th, 2014
The Custer High School girls basketball team lost a pair of home games last week, falling to Douglas 58-38 Friday night before being blitzed by Spearfish 67-12 the following night.
Against Spearfish, the Wildcats were down 21-2 before the crowd even had a chance to settle into its seats, and were down 43-6 by halftime. The Spartans did whatever they wanted offensively and forced numerous Wildcat turnovers that led to easy baskets on the other end of the floor.
Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said it was another case of the Wildcats being defeated before they even set foot on the court.
“We walked out there and were already beaten. The girls walked out intimidated,”âï¿½ï¿½she said.âï¿½ï¿½“We have to walk out there cocky. It doesn’t matter who we face. We have to be fearless and ready to go.”
The second half didn’t prove any better, as Custer could muster only a single basket and didn’t break double digits until a Tori Glazier basket on the baseline made the score 58-10 with 6:25 left in the game.
“Iâï¿½ï¿½was disappointed in our defense. We tried to stress it as a defensive game,”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said. “Our transition defense was very weak. They got way too many easy shots off of our turnovers.”
Only two Wildcats scored in the game, with Glazier and Nykyla Malinosky both scoring six points. Eleven Spartans scored in the game.
The Wildcats had a better effort against Douglas, playing the Patriots tough the first half before a 15-6 third quarter helped the visitors pull away.
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