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Late turnovers costly for Floyd

January 05, 2011
The Floyd Central Lady Highlanders committed three costly turnovers in the final two minutes of overtime to allow Louisville Presentation to run ahead for a 57-51 win in the opening round of the Floyd Central Shootout last Wednesday.

Floyd Central coach Joe Voelker was less than pleased with his team's performance, mostly through regulation.

Floyd Central’s Riley Kaiser, center, goes to the floor after getting tripped while driving to the basket in the Lady Highlanders’ 57-51 overtime loss to Presentation in the Floyd Central Shootout. Photo by Wade Bell
"I really thought we lost the game in the first 20 minutes," Voelker said. "We did not play with any passion, any movement. With this group, that's how we practiced. We're 3-7 and, right now, we just like to play. We don't really like to compete. We've just got to figure out what is going on with this group."

Floyd Central began the game with tight defense and forced Presentation to turn over the ball seven times in the first period. The Lady Highlanders only converted twice, and Presentation took a 10-7 lead after the first eight minutes.

Lady Highlander Katie Kaiser drilled a three-ball to tie the game at the beginning of the second quarter. Teammate Taylor Pate later hit back-to-back three-pointers, but Presentation was also connecting and Floyd Central held just a one-point edge. Presentation finished the half with a 7-2 burst to take a 22-18 lead to the locker room.

"They just flat out-worked us," Voelker said. "They did a better job of moving the basketball. They hit a ton of 15-foot shots. They really just killed us off the backboards on the offense. They got a lot of big put-backs. We didn't go pull the ball."

Brooke Hinton swished a three to pull Floyd Central to within one to start the second half, but Presentation answered with a 6-0 run to lead 28-21. At that point Voelker made a five-player switch.

"I didn't think the first group we started with played with much effort or passion or movement, or really anything," Voelker said. "A few of those kids didn't get back in the basketball game. You've just got to play with more passion."

"There's not a big difference in my first group and my second group," he said. "My first group has not really gone out of the way to separate themselves from the second group. Because of that, if the other kids are going to play better, then they're going to play more minutes."

Floyd Central's Kelsey Mayfield and Presentation's Ashlee Kirchner traded the next four baskets. Then, with seconds to go, Emily Ziegler drilled a three and Floyd Central cut its deficit to four, 32-28.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Emily Foster hit a three to close the Floyd Central gap to two, 36-34. Presentation went back out in front by five, but Ziegler swished another three. Shelby Adams scored inside for Presentation, but Mayfield countered. Foster then converted off a Presentation turnover and the game was tied at 42.

Adams scored again with 16.1 seconds to go, and Presentation called time-out. Floyd Central had fouls left to give, and Foster and Ziegler both committed their third. Presentation missed a free throw, and Mayfield converted off of a pass from Foster to tie the game at 44, sending it into overtime.

"I know we're a little challenged in the speed department to begin with, but tonight we really played poorly for 20 minutes," Voelker said. "They worked their butts off to get back and force an overtime, but we didn't. We didn't make plays we needed to make."

Morgan Rookstool put Floyd Central up by two to begin the overtime. Kaiser then got a single to put the Lady Highlanders up by three.

However, then came four costly turnovers that led to eight straight points and a 54-49 Presentation lead. Presentation got three more free throws off missed Floyd Central shots.

Mayfield scored again, but it was too little too late as Presentation got the 57-51 win.

"We had a three-point lead and didn't act like we had a three-point lead," Voelker said. "We made a couple of key mistakes on a defensive possession and two offensive possessions, and that turned out to be the basketball game. We had them on the ropes and we let them score with the clock stopped. Then, they came down and made the turnover and it led to a layup. Then, it turned out those two possessions being the difference in the overtime."

Mayfield led Floyd Central with 12 points. The Lady Highlanders were 20 of 53 (38 percent) from the field and 3 of 9 from the free-throw line. Floyd Central had 19 turnovers, with four of those coming in the four-minute overtime.

"Mayfield played much, much better the second half than she did the first," Voelker said. "The deal with Kelsey is just try to put her in position. She's a very, very good athlete. We put her in position to be a good athlete. When we went with a man-press and get up and down and do that, it gives her position to play well."

Adams led Presentation with 19 points, and Bailey Reeder finished with 12. Kirchner followed with 10 for Presentation, who canned 20 of 45 (44 percent) field-goal attempts and 14 of 18 free throws and had 19 turnovers.

"The biggest deal is we lost in the first 20 minutes of the game," Voelker said. "When you're down seven or nine in the third quarter and not just moving or you're not competing, there's just not much to say."

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