“In the first half, we struggled with mistakes. We turned the ball over 15 times, and it’s tough to win a ball game against a terrific shooting team that turns the mistakes into points,” said head coach Catherine Stowe.
The Lady Cats fell behind, 14-5 in a slow first quarter, but the Lady Badgers found their shooting eye and burned the nets for 29 second quarter points to lead 43-14 going into the halftime break.
The S-T girls out-scored the Badgers in the third but just by one point, 9-8, to make it a 51-23 contest entering the fourth and final period.
The Lady Badgers created turnovers and made shots in the fourth to add another 14 points to their side of the scoreboard. The Karnes City defense was stingy and held the S-T girls to a mere five markers over the final eight minutes. The final was an easy 65-28 victory for the home-standing Karnes City Lady Badgers.
The Skidmore-Tynan girls responded well in the second half, according to their coach.
“I gave the team three goals at the half; box out on defense, rebound on offense and get better at our zone defense. I am happy with how the players responded,” said Stowe. “They did exactly what I asked of them.”
The defensive effort picked up and the turnovers were cut down to a much more desirable level. But the Lady Cats suffered one of their worst shooting nights of the year, only managing to hit 13 percent of their shots from the field.
“No explanation needed, we must do better,” Stowe said.
The field goal percentage even included a good effort from beyond the three-point arc.
“We hit 40 percent tonight from beyond the arc. That’s the best it’s been all year,” said Stowe.
The non-district schedule is winding down and the district play begins on Dec. 10 with a home game against the visiting Banquete Lady Bulldogs.
“We’re slowly getting to where I think the girls should and can be. I have high expectations as their coach—they’re learning that,” Stowe said.
“I am asking things of them they’ve never done before and pushing them harder than they’ve ever been pushed. What I love is that they’re willing to work. They don’t give up; they don’t give in.”
The Lady Cats played on Tuesday night at home against the Goliad Tigerettes before taking a short break for the holiday. The S-T girls will be back on the court on Dec. 3 when the Orange Grove Bulldogs come to Skidmore.