The Medora girls basketball team struggled against Class 2A No. 14 Henryville, failing to register a double-digit scoring period, falling 83-17 on Thursday in the home team’s tipoff tournament.
Henryville jumped to an 11-0 lead behind six points from junior guard Reagan Hensley.
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Medora’s Jadelyn Dean stopped the run at 4:23, hitting one of two free throws.
Dean connected on a layup, and hit one more free throw, but Medora trailed 24-4 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Lillian Hatfield recorded a field goal and Kailen Flynn hit a free throw for all of Medora’s points before intermission.
Medora trailed 46-7 at halftime.
“I challenged our kids at halftime,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “I told them we were out of sync in the first half, we just didn’t look smooth. I told them to be more patient in the second half and run the offensive sets. We needed to quit making silly mistakes and hurrying shots.
“If you’re running down the floor in eight seconds and taking shots, you’re running wind sprints. I told them they didn’t like doing them in practice, so why would they want to do them (in a game).”
After forcing two Henryville turnovers, Medora’s Taylor Hunter sunk two free throws and Carley McCammon recorded a field goal to bring the score to 53-13 with 5:24 left in the third quarter.
However, Medora wouldn’t have much more offensive production the rest of the night.
“We were able to settle down in the third quarter and then we got tired in the fourth,” coach McCammon said. When you’re that physically tired you start making mental mistakes. It’s tough with a young, experienced team playing four games in five nights.”
Medora trailed 63-13 heading into the final quarter.
Henryville out-scored Medora 20-4 in the final eight minutes to run away with the victory.
Dean led Medora with six points and 10 rebounds and McCammon had three points and nine boards.
Haley Huddleston scored 24 points to lead Henryville.
Medora (0-2), who was without two players Thursday, will host Rock Creek Academy tonight before finishing tournament play on Saturday.
“These kids have a lot of heart and determination,” McCammon said. “They’re good kids and try hard. They’ve improved each night out and that’s all we can ask for
“We just want to learn and support each other as a team this year. Its been great from that point of view this season. I challenged the seniors to lift the other kids up and encourage them, and leaving with a positive attitude.”