Second half collapse a mystery for Lady Cardinals
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 18:39
By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
HOOKER, Okla. — It’s back to basics for the Turpin Lady Cardinals.
After keeping pace with Hooker for most of the first half on Tuesday night, Turpin could only manage six second half points in a 52-26 loss to the Lady Bulldogs.
“We can come out and played a pretty good first quarter,” said Turpin head coach Chad Fox. “What we’ve got to do is be able to put three more behind it.
“It looks like we may need to be doing a little more conditioning in practice, and I’ll take that on, myself.”
Turpin didn’t score a field goal in the second half. All six points came off fourth quarter free throws.
“I didn’t realize that,” said Hooker head coach Ray Kennedy. “We didn’t give up a field goal, that’s pretty good defense. Our defensive intensity also helped us score.”
Hooker came out a little flat, and the Lady Cardinals took advantage of it initially. Tied at 5 early, Hooker went on a short run for an 11-5 lead. Turpin (1-2) ended the first period with two quick baskets by Raegan Alvarez to cut it to 11-10 at the end of the period.
“I thought the first quarter we kind of came out flat,” Kennedy said. “We didn’t have the intensity on defense like we needed to. We were supposed to be up in the press, we didn’t remember to press.”
The Lady Bulldogs (2-3) inched to a 9-point advantage at the half as they remembered their defensive scheme and their outside shooters began to fire off some long-distance shots.
“In the second quarter we started coming together a little bit,” Kennedy said. “We stepped up our defense.”
Then came the disastrous second half for Turpin.
Hooker out-scored the Lady Cards 12-0 in the third period and 21-6 in the fourth as the Lady Bulldogs established its inside game with Shayla Mathis and Jade Cathcart.
“I was real proud of my girls,” Fox said. “We came over here and we knew we were facing a talented squad. We really focused on keeping the ball out of Mathis’s hands.”
Mathis scored just two first half points and six in the second half.
“Our biggest challange is finding a girl that can handle the ball on the offensive end,” Fox said. “We can’t handle pressure and we just can’t get in any offensive sets.”
Crystal Ferguson and Jade Cathcart each scored 11 to lead Hooker, Mathis eight, Jayme Walton and Shania Miller six each.
Alvarez led Turpin with 11, Bianca Lopez five and Payton Robinson four.
Hooker opens play in Hugoton’s Blue and Red Classic on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. against Perryton, Texas, while Turpin travels to the Laverne Tournament.