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Floyd falls short to Scottsburg

November 24, 2010
The Floyd Central girls' basketball team had to go into a forest of tall timber in its Thursday night outing against visiting Scottsburg. With five Warrioettes ranging from 6-foot to 6-3, it made for a rough night for the Lady Highlanders, who succumbed 43-38.

Floyd Central 5-4 guard Katie Kaiser finds it a little tough going against Scottsburg’s 6-1 Katie Wampler in the first period. The Lady Highlanders fell, 43-38. Photo by Wade Bell
"They're huge," Floyd Central coach Joe Voelker said. "I was very concerned about their size coming in. I'm pleased with our kids in that they bodied up a lot harder than they did the other night. I think if you watched us Friday (against Evansville Harrison) and you watch us tonight, you'd think we made progress in six days as a basketball team, and, if we can keep making progress, we'll be all right."

The Lady Highlanders came out cold in the first quarter, hitting just one of their seven shots to fall behind 13-5. Both teams were just 3 of 11 from the field in the second period, but Floyd Central did manage to get a three-ball to go down and pulled within three, 17-14, at halftime.

One thing the Lady Highlanders were doing well was rebounding amongst the tall trees.

"We rebounded a ton better than we did Friday," Voelker said. "That's something we've hit on and something we've talked about. We gave up some second- and third-chance shots in the run that they had. … I think it was a 10-0 run there between the two quarters that was the difference in the basketball game.

"If you look, how many times did they make a bad pass? They had one go off the backboard and come down in their hands and get a layup. They had one go up and it bounces around and bounces off our feet, and they grab and they end up throwing it around and getting a three off of it. It's just possessions like that that we have to do."

Samantha Feather and Emily Foster put the Lady Highlanders out in front with a pair of deuces to start the second half. Floyd Central pushed its advantage to 22-17 and held a five-point edge until late in the period when Kate Wampler put away a deuce and a pair of singles to pull the Warriorettes within one, 26-25, by the end of the third.

Darion Hutchinson hit a pair of free throws to put Scottsburg back in front, 27-26, to start the fourth quarter. The lead swapped hands twice more, then the Warriorettes made an 8-0 burst to take a 35-28 lead. Taylor Pate drilled a Floyd Central three-ball to close the deficit to four.

Scottsburg, however, controlled to the end for the 43-38 win.

"We didn't do a great job of adjusting to their zone and seeing where to attack," Voelker said. "The first couple of possessions that they ran zone were nice. … It was pretty evident we're not a great shooting basketball team right now. … If we shoot a little better, we're happy and come away with a win. So, those are some of the things we've got to work on."

Kelsey Mayfield, with 11 points, was the top scorer for the Lady Highlanders, who connected on 13 of 38 (34 percent) field-goal attempts and 8 of 14 free throws. Floyd Central had 22 turnovers.

"I'm just proud of the way all of them played," Voelker said. "We played 10 or 11 kids tonight. I thought they all battled and played pretty well."

Katie Wampler led Scottsburg with 20 points. The Warriorettes also shot 34 percent from the field, connecting on 14 of 41 field-goal attempts. Scottsburg was 15 of 21 from the charity stripe and turned over the ball 19 times.

"She (Wampler) had us mismatched and played a very great game against us," Voelker said. "She was taking advantage of it in the second half where she got 12 points. They were just scoring on our lack of size."

"We've just got to keep progressing," Voelker said. "Next Friday, we've got Seymour coming in, and we've just got to keep getting better and keep trying to improve. … I'm just proud of our kids. I thought they kept battling. I thought they kept playing hard and there are a lot of good things to build on."

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