Greensburg Daily News
The North Decatur girls basketball team fell to hosting Knightstown 47-42 Saturday.
North is now 1-3 overall, heading into Tuesday’s home game against South Ripley.
Despite the loss, head coach Brad Bryant said the Lady Chargers made improvements offensively over the past two weeks.
“After having an entire week to work on things, our girls did show some signs of improvement,” said Bryant. “Offensively, for the most part, we did a better job of getting good looks at the basket and taking higher percentage shots.”
Bryant did note one area of improvement his team needs to make – feeding the ball to the post.
“Sometimes, though, we don’t see when our post people are open. We do still need to do a better job of getting post touches,” he said of senior Jenna Meyer and junior Anna Wallpe. “We are a team that needs to run the ball through Jenna Meyer and Anna Wallpe’s hands. Our perimeter people will find out that their looks at the basket will be better when we do this. We talk a lot about having good vision on the lane. You don’t have all day to see when a cutter is open or when the post has position. It is only there usually for a split second. All in all, though, I thought our team did a good job of getting good looks today. I think we are on the right track.”
Another area of improvement that Bryant saw was the cutting down of turnovers. North had committed 35 against South, but limited itself to seven in the first half Saturday. After leading 25-23 at the half, though, North committed 17 turnovers in the final 16 minutes.
“We did a great job of taking care of the ball in the first half. This was a great improvement compared to our 35 against South Decatur,” said Bryant. “So much of that was us shooting ourselves in the foot. However, once again, turnovers got to us in the second half today. You just cannot win close games when you turn the ball over that much. Once we learn to value every possession and start to cut down on our turnovers, we will start winning. I have no doubt.”
Bryant pointed out the consistency of the defense and its solid performance.
“We have lapses where we don’t get back on D, but in the half court, we do pretty well. We should, though, because this is a daily emphasis in our practices. We are only giving up 43 points a game, which is very good; but, we have to find a way to score. Jenna cannot be our only threat.”
Bryant said he is hoping for continued improvement from perimeter players such as juniors Myra Steele, Andrea Volk and Emma Geis, senior Veronica Yager, freshman Mary Hughes and junior Abby Lamb.
North was short-handed two players as Lamb and senior Cindy Krieger were unavailable for the game.
“I am not one that ever makes excuses, but it did hurt having Abby Lamb and Cindy Krieger out of the lineup today,” said Bryant. “Cindy is our top defender. She has an injury that goes back to volleyball that has continued to bother her. She is going to be out at least two weeks with this. Abby has been a very good scoring threat off the bench this year. She was out of the state with family for the holidays.”
Bryant was pleased to see Steele and Volk step up and improve on their early-season struggles, each scoring six points. Mary Hughes added six points, including a 3-pointer, but also played solid minutes handling the ball.
“Mary did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball, and I thought as the game progressed, looked more and more comfortable out there,” said Bryant.
Meyer ended up with 18 points, including a pair of treys and a 6-for-6 effort from the foul line.
Anna Wallpe scored four points and Geis chipped in two.
The North junior varsity squad defeated Knightstown 30-17.
Scorers were: Alison Wallpe 9, Morgan Nobbe 7, Samantha Krieger 6, Laura Haunert 4; Megan Hoover and Morgan McKinney with 2 each.
The next game is Tuesday (today) against visiting South Ripley, starting at 6 p.m.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.