The Eminence Warriors girls’ basketball team opened the season at home against Paris on Saturday evening and fell to the Lady Hounds 58-33.
For the Warriors it was a matter of first game jitters to open the game and foul trouble in the 4th period that doomed them to defeat.
The Lady Hounds opened a 14-4 lead in the first period on the strength of their best player, Alexis Tye, who had 8 points in the opening frame.
“We started in a box and chaser on her but she got 8 points,” Eminence coach Bill Covington said. “One of her baskets was a 3-pointer from about 30 feet. Last year she scored 45 on us, this time she had 22.”
The Warriors found their range and settled in during the second period and put up 17 points to Paris’ 21. Savannah Mertz had 8 points in the period and Tiffany Thomas had 5. Tye had 9 points in the second period.
The Warriors played their best defense of the game in the third period holding the Lady Hounds to just 11 points while scoring 8 themselves to go in to the final period down 46-29.
In the fourth quarter, foul trouble caught up with the Warriors. “In the fourth, Sherry Brees and Tiffany Thomas fouled out and we had to play younger players and we had trouble scoring,” Covington said. “It kind of got away from us in the 4th period.”
The Warriors were outscored 11-4 in the closing period to set the final margin at 25 points.
Covington found some building points for the team as they moved on to face their county rivals on Tuesday.
“I was pleased,” he said. “We gave a great effort. We competed until the last minute of the game. We were shaky and turned the ball over in the first quarter, but we played with them in the second and third quarters.”
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