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Lady Highlanders lack spark at Jeff


Floyd faulters in 64-46 loss


January 07, 2009
After staying close for the first 16 minutes, the Floyd Central Lady Highlanders suffered a second-half meltdown and took a 64-46 loss to the host Jeffersonville Lady Red Devils Tuesday, Dec. 30. Floyd coach Joe Voelker said he had concerns before the game because practice the previous week had not the been the smoothest.

"For 16 minutes I thought we played OK," Voelker said. "But it was just OK, and we didn't get it done the whole night."

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Floyd Central senior Shelby Allen came off the bench for 12 points, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Highlanders fell, 64-46. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"I thought our patience was extremely lacking in the second half," he said. "Unfortunately, we played like we practiced pretty much all Christmas break. We practiced with a lack of purpose and it showed in the second half because we had a big time lack of purpose."

In the first and second quarters, the game went as expected as neither team gained more than a four-point advantage, with the lead changing hands eight times. However, Jeffersonville ended up on top at halftime, taking a 30-27 advantage to the break.

"They're extremely athletic, and you can't practice for the athleticism they put on the floor," Voelker said. "But I think it comes back that our kids have to execute what we ask them to do. The first half, they pretty much tried to, but the second half, they stepped up on us a little bit and pushed us out and we didn't respond very well."

Jennifer Smith pulled Floyd to within one to begin the second half, but the Lady Red Devils countered with a 6-0 burst to lead 36-29.

Morgan Rookstool scored inside, but Lakin Roland dropped in a pair of freebies from the stripe. Smith pulled Floyd back, getting to within four.

Jeffersonville's Jalynn McClain hit a free throw, but Shelby Allen dropped in a three-ball for Floyd to cut the Jeff lead to two. However, Brooke Valentine scored in the paint and the Jeff lead was four heading into the final eight minutes.

Floyd's first two minutes of the fourth quarter proved to be disastrous as Jeff ran off a 9-2 burst for a 50-39 lead.

Allen hit two free throws, but Jeff countered with seven quick points to lead 57-41. Brigid Morrissey, who was playing with strep throat, tried to spark the Lady Highlanders, but Jeffersonville dominated the final minutes for the 64-46 win.

"We did kind of hit a wall a little bit, but I give credit to (Jeff)," Voelker said. "They continued to push the ball and continued to go around us. They took advantage of our inability to get back. But I really think we set this up in practice. We didn't practice well and that's where it comes."

Smith led the Lady Highlanders with 15 points, and Allen came off the bench for 12. The Lady Highlanders were just 17 of 47 from the field (36 percent) and hit 7 of 11 free throws. Floyd had 20 turnovers for the night.

"Shelby got a little upset with herself in the fourth quarter, but Shelby played one of the better games of her career," Voelker said. "I was very pleased with her play, and she was one bright spot we could point out tonight. She played like a senior and played with a purpose. She shot the ball well."

Shanice Gholston led Jeffersonville with 25 points, and Brooklyn Kinnaird followed with 15. The Lady Red Devils hit 23 of 52 field goals (44 percent) and 14 of 21 free throws. Jeff committed 14 turnovers.

"It's very disappointing because we let it become layup lines pretty much in the second half," Voelker said. "Gholston and Kinnaird pretty much went out and scored at will. When that happens, we're not going to be very successful."

"It's just one game," Voelker said. "We've just got to continue to get better and try to build on some of the good things we've done. We've got to be able to do it against big, athletic teams, and that's why I think it comes into practice. We just take too many possessions off in practice. We've got to put that kind of athleticism in and just see if we can continue to improve."

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The Lady Highlanders bounced back to win their own holiday tournament over the weekend for the second straight year, meeting one of their goals pre-season goals.

Floyd first put away the touring Austrailia Travelers in a 57-44. In the semi-final, the Lady Highlanders disposed of Castle to take on Martinsville in the championship game.

In the final, Smith led the Lady Highlanders to a 56-43 beating of Martinsville as she scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Morrissey added 14 points, and Camry Hinton followed with 11. Bailey Hubert had seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Lady Highlanders (10-2, 1-2 Hoosier Hills Conference)) will hit the road during the next week, first visiting Meade County (Ky.) Thursday night and then conference rival New Albany Saturday night.

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