Coach Brad McCammon said in order for the Medora girls’ basketball team to put more marks in the win column this season, it is going to have to show improvement both mentally and physically.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball at Dugger (on Friday night), we didn’t take care of it here,” McCammon said following a 67-16 loss to sectional opponent Orleans Monday night.
“We didn’t play with a lot of enthusiasm. We let them take us out of our game, and they played a lot more aggressive on both ends of the court. We were just going through the motions. If you can sleepwalk in basketball we were.”
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A rebound basket by Medora’s Kelsey Turner tied the game at 2-2, but that would be the only tie of the night as the Bulldogs scored the next nine points.
The Hornets scored back-to-back baskets for the only time in the game when Turner grabbed another one of her eight rebounds and scored. Kailen Flynn followed with a jump shot for an 11-6 score with 4:05 on the clock.
The visitors then increased their lead to 17-6 at the end of the first period.
After Orleans scored the first basket of the second period, Flynn hit a 3-pointer to make it 19-9 with 6:20 remaining in the half.
That turned out to be Medora’s only points of the second period as Orleans built its lead to 30-9 at the half, then continued to increase its lead throughout the second half as Medora managed only five field goals for the game.
“Every phase of the game we played bad,” McCammon said as the Hornets had 33 turnovers, and lost the battle on the boards 34-21.
“Our weak side rebounding was terrible,” he said. “Even if we shut them down on the first shot, on the weak side they were shooting as many times as they wanted. They made the extra pass and got good looks, and we didn’t.”
Orleans held a 48-11 lead at the end of the third period to improve its record to 4-11.
“We tried every defense, except man-to-man, which we don’t have the foot speed to play,” McCammon said. “People wonder why you don’t play man to man. With seven girls, if you don’t have the footspeed to cover in a zone, you’re not going to cover in a man-to-man.
“Offensively we tried so many different sets. We just tried to do so much off the dribble, but nobody was moving to meet the passes. We were flat. They were more aggressive in all phases of the game and it showed. That’s all I can say.”
Flynn was high scorer for the Hornets (2-11) with six points and Turner scored five.
Madi Jones topped the Bulldogs with 14, and Sydnee Moon added 13 points.
Medora will host Lighthouse Christian of Bloomington on Friday night. The girls’ varsity game will start at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ varsity game.