Patience is a must in the game of basketball, and on Friday night at Medora, neither the Hornets nor Irvington Prep Academy had it on their side.
The teams combined for 60 turnovers. That, however, didn’t stop the host Hornets from claiming a 58-36 win against the Ravens in their final pool play game of the Henryville Tip-Off Tournament.
“I think it kind of showed that we played Tuesday, Thursday and come back tonight as a young team, but with four freshmen, we are trying to work them into the lineup,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “I honestly thought we took our opponent too lightly tonight, and I tried to tell them they are physical under the basket and they get after it.”
Hannah Elkins drained her first 3-pointer and Monika Bevers hit two free throws at 6:34 of the first quarter to give Medora a 5-2 lead. After Montana Wheeler sank a basket, the Hornets led 7-4.
The Ravens then went on a 9-0 run, but Elkins scored the next five points to cut the deficit to 13-12 at the end of the quarter.
The Ravens held the lead in the second quarter until Elkins converted a three-point play at 2:56 for a 18-17 lead. The Ravens hit two free throws to lead 19-18, but with 50 seconds left in the quarter, Mariah Campbell scored her only points of the night for a 20-19 lead.
Ashley Lambert then stole the ball, made a layup — getting fouled in the process— and completed a three-point play for a 23-19 lead, and Medora never looked back.
“I told them they had to play an up-tempo first half, but I couldn’t get the girls to understand that,” McCammon said. “Jadelyn (Dean) then came in and put pressure on the ball, and I think with our guards, we were able to control the tempo how we wanted to.
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