Girls lack execution against Lady Buffs

Basketball: ‘Belles struggle to get in worthwhile practices

By Andy Atterbury
On January 28, 2011

  • Sophomore Lindsey Mahone sweeps past her defender as she makes her way down the court. Pam Belcher
  • Sophomore Lindsey Mahone sweeps past her defender as she makes her way down the court. Pam Belcher

In the fourth conference game of the season, the ‘Belle (9-7) (2-2) basketball team lost 56-65 to West Texas A&M and the fourth leading scorer in the Lone Star Conference, Jamie Simmons Saturday, Jan 22.

"We came out stagnant," sophomore guard Lindsey Mahone said. "You cannot do that against a team like WT. We had mental blocks and we just couldn't come out."

Mahone led the ‘Belles with 21 points and nine rebounds.

A scoreboard error gave the ‘Belles a 12-8 lead 10 minutes in to the first half, but the game was actually tied at 10.

Senior guard Camille Perkins had 16 points for the ‘Belles and sophomore Morgan Youngblood contributed six points and four boards.

"We never had control of the game," Head Coach Sally Brooks said. "We should have taken control in the first half when their best three players were on the bench."

WTAMU's bench out-scored the Rambelles' 24-8.

The Lady Buffs (11-6) (4-0) built a lead of 12 points with 4:31 remaining in the first half, but the ‘Belles fought back to get within three points to trail 28-25 at the break.

"In the first half we came out sloppy defensively," Mahone said.  "Offensively, we didn't execute when we needed to. We fell behind and we just couldn't get back."

The ‘Belles tied the score at 32 with 15:39 left in the game but never took the lead in the second half.

"[The girls] have all the heart you could ask for," Brooks said. "I'm extremely proud of that. That's why we're so disappointed and frustrated. We've overcome a lot of adversity and we are playing hard and sticking together."

The ‘Belles made 57.6 percent of their free throws but had a 32.7 field goal percentage.

 "It's the mental lapses that we have [that hurt us]," Mahone said. "We get down on ourselves for easy things like free throws; you can't go back and take those shots. We just have to keep our heads up and focus on the next play."

The team can't work on what they need to in practice because they only have eight active players, six of which are playing through injuries, Brooks said,

"We can't go live like we need to," Brooks said. "It is going to be about heart and will and just finding a way to win."

The girls headed to Portales, NM to take on Eastern New Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 26

"I'm looking forward to it because we need a win," Mahone said. "We need this win to get back to where we are. We're a good team, we just haven't shown that quite yet."


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