Girls team drops a pair of games
Published: Thursday, February 6th, 2014
A Taren Jones basket off an assist from Jordan Menken tied the score at 4-4 in the early stages of the Custer High School girls basketball team’s game against the visiting Newcastle, Wyo., Dogies last Saturday night at the Armory.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it’s the last points they would score for the better part of seven minutes.
In the interim, the Dogies rattled off 10 points of their own to build up a lead they would never relinquish in a 51-22 win over the Wildcats.
Newcastle’s strategy was obvious from the outset:âï¿½ï¿½pound the ball inside to 5-11 post player Hannah Cass, who was fed the ball early and often on her way to 15 points in the game, 11 of which came in the second half.
“Their offense revolved around one girl,”âï¿½ï¿½Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said.âï¿½ï¿½“With the right defense, you could break them down. But they are a good team. They are strong.”
After leading only 18-11 at the half, Newcastle outscored the Wildcats 16 to 2 in the third period, much of that coming from inside, including a basket, foul and free throw from Cass at the 2:58 mark.
The Wildcats trailed 34-13 at the end of the third period, and were put out of the game for good at the start of the fourth quarter when the Dogies’ Abby Gray buried a three-pointer that was followed by a Cass steal and layup.
Custer, on the other hand, couldn’t get the ball in the basket and had many trips down the court in the fourth quarter result in a turnover, thanks to full-court pressure from the Dogies.
Ornelas said when her team falls behind by a large margin it begins to suffer some “paralysis by analysis,”âï¿½ï¿½thinking too much instead of letting the game come to them.
“We get too concious about doing things and then we don’t do anything,”âï¿½ï¿½she said.âï¿½ï¿½“We couldn’t get over that hump.”
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