Despite a lackluster performance, the Eminence Warriors took on the Covington Latin Trojans Saturday and pulled away for a 12-point win.
The Warriors got out to a 14-11 lead in the first quarter with 5 points from Jalen Dixie and contributions from four other players.
The Warriors had trouble finding their shooting form in the second period but stretched the lead to 7 points going into halftime outscoring the Trojans 13-9. Dixie had 5 more points and was in double-digits by the break.
Brandon Mitchell took over in the third period scoring 8 of the team’s 16 points to help the Warriors stretch the lead to 12 points at 43-31.
In the final period, the teams traded baskets for 18 points each as the Warriors closed out the victory.
Mitchell led the Warriors in scoring with 16 points while Dixie had 14 and Justin Mitchell had 9.
“Brandon played alright. We made a definitive effort to get him the ball,” head coach Chris Nethery said.
The Warriors were just 4-of-21 from 3-point range — a troubling statistic for a team that relies heavily on outside shooting. “The 3-point percentage is definitely a concern and I hope a temporary thing,” Nethery said.
Overall Nethery thought that the team played poorly. “We didn’t play well in this game. Latin played a zone until one minute to go in the game and we made some mistakes against it,” he said. “We got wide-open looks and didn’t shoot the ball well. We have to get everybody on the same page. There was no sense of urgency in this game, it was as if we were happy with mediocre play.”
The Warriors improved to 9-10 on the season including two forfeit losses because of snow over the holidays.