The Eminence Warriors girls’ basketball team hosted the Collegiate Amazons on Thursday night and fell 57-22.
The Warriors got off to a slow start as they struggled with the Amazons’ full court press. Collegiate scored on layups off their press mixed with 3-point shots and free throws to take a 19-1 lead after the first period.
The game continued on the same path to start the second quarter as Collegiate scored the first seven points to make it 26-1.
The Warriors began to get more looks at the basket through the second half of the period and scored nine points as Lyndsay Craigmyle led the way with five points. At halftime the Amazons led 34-10.
In the third period the Warriors’ defense got stingier, holding Collegiate to just eight points while scoring four points.
In the final period the Warriors scored eight points with Craigmyle getting six of those points to give the team its highest points output of the year at 22.
“We started to be more aggressive on offense,” Coach Zach Adair said. “We were driving the ball more. We also looked to push the tempo up. As soon as we got the ball we looked to push it up and score. We will look to do that more this season.”
Adair saw improvement in his defense as well.
“I thought our half court defense continued to get better,” he said. “The effort in this game was great and that is something we want to continue to improve on.”
Ball handling continues to be a concern for the first-year coach.
“We have to get better at handling full court pressure,” Adair said. “It’s our biggest problem. Also, just getting catches in the half court. I stress the first four minutes of the game. We need to do a better job of being ready to play.”
Adair reserved special praise for sophomore Lyndsay Craigmyle who led the team in scoring with 11 points and his promising eighth-grader Tavianna West.
“I thought Lyndsay played well late in the game offensively,” he said. “Tavy played very well in the JV and had a great defensive intensity in the varsity game.
“It was the best game we have had so far. The effort was the best all year and, I was proud of the way they kept competing.”
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The Warriors again struggled with full court pressure early in the game but Adair did see improvement.
“I thought we handled the full court press a little better,” he said. “We looked to score more as well in this game. We put up more shots than in previous games.”
Adair praised the play of his veteran post player Emily Bryant.
“I thought Emily played her best game. She was a good inside presence for us and she had a couple baskets.”
Adair was proud of his team for playing hard despite being short-handed.
“We only had seven healthy players and five of those had to play the whole JV game,” he said. “I am proud of them for competing the whole game.”