The Eminence Warriors girls’ basketball team played Owen County in the opening game of the 31st District Tournament on Monday night in Carrollton and came out on the losing end of a 57-6 score.
The Rebels used full court pressure defense to open up a 15-0 lead after one period. In the second period Owen County backed off to half court man-to-man defense but continued to force turnovers and converted those into easy baskets. Madison Dockter got the Warriors’ first score with 14 seconds left in the first half. Owen County led going into the locker room by a score of 28-3.
The Warriors continued to struggle offensively in the second half as the Rebels man defense forced them out of their offense repeatedly. Jasmine Adams hit a free throw for the Warriors with 5:19 left in the third period and Sara Link hit a 15-footer from the foul line with 18 seconds to go to make the score after three periods 46-5.
The Warriors’ defense was better in the final period as they allowed only eleven points but Dockter’s free throw with 1:36 remaining was the only point the Warriors managed in the final period.
Coach Zach Adair talked about the Lady Rebels’ experience compared to his own team’s after the game.
“They definitely have played more basketball than us,” Adair said. “They were more aggressive than us and we didn’t block out at all. We are not good at spacing and moving without the ball and that spells trouble against a team that plays good man defense.”
Adair felt that this season was laying a foundation for the future of the program.
“This year was about organizing the program the way it should be,” he said. “Hopefully, next year, we’ll have more players and that will help a lot.”
Adair was proud of the girls who stuck by him through the whole season in his first year as coach.
“We’ve had a lot of adversity this year but they kept going,” Adair said. “I couldn’t imagine as a player coming to practice with only three players. It’s been hard but they stuck with it and I’m proud of them for that.”