For The Tribune
The shorthanded Medora girls basketball team faced a tough Borden squad that caused the Hornets to commit more errors than shot attempts in Saturday’s home game.
Those factors combined to result in a 56-8 loss for Medora.
The Hornets committed 13 first-quarter turnovers — mostly ball-handing and passing miscues — and weren’t able to shoot the ball until 2:29 left when Carley McCammon attempted a field goal. Teammate Lillian Hatfield took a shot later in the quarter and was fouled but missed both free throws.
The first quarter ended with Medora down 15-0.
Also in the first quarter, the Hornets were dealt a blow when their point guard, Jadelyn Dean, went down with an injured knee at the 3:18 mark. Dean stole the ball, drove the length of the court, was bumped while driving to the hoop and fell hard.
“She landed awkward,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “The trainer said she may be back Jan. 2, but she won’t be able to play Monday.”
Brad McCammon said Dean’s experience will be missed, and with his roster down to eight players, he has to play a less-experienced player in her position until she returns.
Borden scored the first two baskets of the second quarter. Then with 6:05 left in the half, Carley McCammon drove hard to the lane, scored and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but she put the Hornets on the scoreboard.
Borden then went on an 8-0 run to close the half up 27-2.
With 4:06 left in the third quarter, Medora’s Taylor Hunter hit a jump shot to make it 40-4. Borden again went on an 8-0 run to end the third quarter and led 48-4.
In the final stanza, Carley McCammon drained a 3-pointer, and Hatfield hit a free throw.
“The girls didn’t play like they are capable of playing,” Brad McCammon said. “We turned the ball over too many times. When you turn the ball over more than you take shots at the basket, then you’ve got a problem.”
The Hornets fell to 1-11 on the season.
“Give credit to Borden. They are a good ball club,” he said. “We didn’t give any effort. We weren’t going to passes. We weren’t following through on shots. We weren’t boxing out. We weren’t doing the fundamentals. Today, we were flat.”