When it rains it pours!
With a team decimated by injuries, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Ohio to compete in the Cincinnati State Tipoff Classic against the #15 nationally ranked Surge of Cincinnati State. SSC entered the contest shorthanded and displayed a determined effort before falling to the Surge 74-39.
“We have been hampered by nagging injuries the entire preseason”, lamented long time head coach Darrell Scott. “Every team goes through this, but our injuries have happened so early that we have not had time to jell.”
SSC played tentative the first half and ended the stanza trailing 48-21. Things did not get better the second half. The Lady Bulldogs scored an anemic 18 points in the second half.
“I expect us to compete regardless of our numbers, but we were like a deer in headlights. We had neither confidence nor sense of urgency” fumed Coach Scott.
“My staff and I have our work cut out for us. I hope that our team does not expect anyone to lay down to us. This is a new team with new personalities that are trying to learn the game of basketball. It will get better!”
SSC was lead in scoring by Arianna Jackson who tossed in 10 points. Jackson also hauled in 9 rebounds and handed of 3 assists. Melissa Blanco garnered 3 steals.
The Lady Bulldogs will take on Sinclair Community College (OH) on Nov. 2 on day 2 of the Cincinnati State Tipoff Classic in Cincinnati, OH.
The Lady Bulldogs recorded their first victory of the 2013-14 season by defeating Sinclair Community College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
SSC came out ready to atone for its dismal showing the night before. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-3 lead with four players getting into the scoring column. SSC played team basketball the entire half and went into the locker-room leading 33-23.
“We played a very good 20 minutes”, stated Coach Scott. “We worked as a unit and took advantage of the things that the defense was giving to us.”
SSC continued playing team basketball the second half. SSC kept pace with Sinclair to finish the game by hitting 8 clutch free throws. “We got tired at the end because we are so short-handed”, exhaled Coach Scott. “It's good to get in the win column. We’ll be ok when we get healthy, but we are going to struggle until we do. It’s been awhile since we have had so many players banged up.”
Breanne Perry put in a monster game with 20 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. “I knew that Bree had that in her. It’s her best game so far for us,” beamed Coach Scott.
Melissa Blanco also added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Mariah Middleton starred with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
SSC will take on Waubonsee Community College on November 5th in the Dawg Pound.
Recap to follow.