The Eminence Warriors girls’ basketball team traveled to Danville on Thursday night to take on the Kentucky School for the Deaf and lost 31-26.
The Warriors started out with the first basket of the game and led 4-2 early before KSD went on a run to take the lead. By halftime the Warriors had scored just three more points and trailed 12-7.
“I was disappointed in our effort in the first half, especially coming off the Trimble game the night before,” Coach Zach Adair said.
The Warriors came out in the second half with more intensity and began to chip away at the lead.
“We pressed and played man-to-man in the second half and that seemed to get us going,” Adair said. “We got it to one or two points a couple of times, but we could never get over the hump. We got plenty of shots they just weren’t going down for us.”
Adair was pleased with the play of Shelby Claxton who was playing for the first time in several games due to an illness.
“We didn’t move the ball fast enough and find the gaps in their zone defense,” Adair said. “Shelby did try to find the gaps. She is almost one step ahead of the other players in terms of understanding the game. She played really well.”
Adair was also pleased with the performance of Lyndsay Craigmyle.
“Lyndsay also played well. She hit some shots and played hard the whole game.”
Trimble County 87 EHS 5
The Warriors took on a Trimble County Lady Raider team who some are touting as a top four team in the region this year in the first round of the 8th Region All A Classic at Carroll County on Jan 15 and found the going tough.
The Warriors scored on a 3-pointer by Craigmyle early in the game to pull within 6-3 and then did not score until very late in the contest on a bucket by Taviana West.
The Raiders shot a multitude of layups on steals and run outs in racking up 87 points.
“Trimble is a very good team – one of the best in the region,” Adair said. “We are very young and inexperienced but our defensive transition was terrible. It was just a lack of effort. We weren’t strong with the ball and they took it away from us too easily. That is also about effort.
“As long as they are playing hard, I have no complaints, but they didn’t do that in this game.”