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2nd quarter does in Lady Bulldogs

Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:16am
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Harlem's Hannah Morris and Jefferson County's Sylvia Gibbon try to get control of the ball before it flies out of bounds. The Lady Bulldogs are now 2-16 overall.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Harlem's Hannah Morris and Jefferson County's Sylvia Gibbon try to get control of the ball before it flies out of bounds. The Lady Bulldogs are now 2-16 overall.

After rebounding from a tough first quarter, the Harlem High School Lady Bulldogs fell apart in the second half.

Trailing 20-16 at the break, the Lady Bulldogs managed just four points in the second half against Jefferson County, losing 41-20.

“We struggled offensively,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Bill Madigan. “We had moments where we executed and could make shots and then we had moments when the offense became stagnant and when that happens we don’t have a person that can kind of take over and get us through that.”

The Lady Warriors (4-12) took sole possession in Region 3-AA as both teams entered with the same 1-4 region record. The Lady Bulldogs fell to 2-16 overall.

The Lady Bulldogs scored two points in the third and fourth quarters, which was more than they were able to put up in the first quarter after which they trailed 10-0.

While not much went right, including starting center Diamond Chaneyfield picking up her second foul a minute and a half in, they did start collecting fouls against the Lady Warriors, which played into a strong second quarter.

They made just two field goals in the second quarter but were able to get to the free-throw line 17 times, sinking 12. Madison Williamson sank seven of nine from the charity stripe and would lead the team with nine points.

The Lady Warriors’ zone defense in the second half forced the Lady Bulldogs to try to beat them from the outside. The Lady Bulldogs hit just one of 12 shots in the third quarter and one of six in the fourth quarter as the Lady Warriors steadily pulled away.

“We did well in the second quarter to come back and then we struggled making shots,” said Madigan. “If you can pack it in because you can’t make outside shots, there’s nothing you can do. There’s no offense when everyone’s packed in the lane, you’ve got to knock down shots.”

Madigan took a positive view of his team afterward.

“Look at Game 1 and look at whatever game we’re on now, we’ve improved,” Madigan said. “To know that everyone is coming back – we have one senior – there’s better times coming. And they play hard.”

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