Team improves despite six straight losses, coach says

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By Tommie Kendall

With three more losses during last week’s basketball action, the Eminence Lady Warriors brought a six-game losing streak into this week, including a 43-13 loss to Kentucky Country Day last Tuesday, a 40-27 loss to Newport Friday and a 60-15 loss to Grant County Saturday.

Despite what the win-loss column has shown since the Warriors opened the year with a 27-24 win over Louisville Collegiate, they are improving, head coach Carter Martin said.

While the KCD game was just a regular-season contest, the Newport and Grant games were part of the Grant County Invitational, which concluded with more games Monday and Tuesday.

“Considering who we were playing, I didn’t think we played that bad (last week),” said Martin, whose team brought a 1-6 record into this week. “I think we’re getting a lot better but we’re still away from being a really competitive team like we’re capable of.”

Against KCD, the Lady Warriors were trailing 7-4 after the first quarter, 21-10 after the second and 35-10 after the third before taking the 29-point loss. Rachel Raisor scored eight points for Eminence, while Candace Wells and Chelsea Mathis scored three each. Meanwhile, KCD had six different players score including two in double figures to improve to 3-1 on the season.

After the loss, the Lady Warriors were back in action three days later when they opened the Grant Invitational against Newport with a 13-point loss. Then, the following day, they struggled against the host school, which Martin said is probably the best team his squad has played this season. Eminence scored just 15 points, with 12 coming from Raisor.

Turnovers and missed baskets are the two areas hurting the Warriors the most right now.

“We have to learn how to cut down on turnovers,” Martin said. “We break the press pretty well but then we turn it over in the front court. Another thing we need to work on his knocking down more shots. You can’t miss 30 to 35 attempts and expect to win many games. We’re shooting free throws much better, now we have to convert that over to out on the floor.”

One player Martin has been pleased with lately is Samantha Congleton in the post, which will only add to a guard-heavy squad that relies on its smaller players for points and at times rebounds.

“I think Sammy is playing well and learning how to play inside a whole lot better,” Martin said of the freshman. “If she keeps improving, it will give us somebody on the inside to go to.”

Eminence played Silver Grove Monday and will close out the Grant Invitational with a final game Tuesday — the opponent had not been decided as of Monday afternoon. The Lady Warriors next game after the holiday break will be Jan. 3 against Spencer County at 3 p.m.

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