Hornets see an improvement in loss
MEDORA — Coach Roger Bane expects continued improvement from his Medora girls basketball team.
From losing 9-66 in Thursday’s season opener in Borden to losing 28-70 at home on Friday to a big and talented Anderson Prep Academy team, he saw a lot of improvement.
Bane said these games are a learning experience for his team.
“That will take it away from my children. We just have to play and figure things out,” he said. “I saw an improvement tonight. This team was 5-0 and is quite large and athletic.
“The girls worked hard. That’s all we can ask for. Aaralyn (Hackney) had a good night (19 points). We need to score a little more goals from the other kids.”
The Jets scored the first six points of the game before Hackney hit a 3-pointer at the 5:55 mark. That was Medora’s only first-half goal as they went 1-9, along with seven turnovers, and were 18-3 down going into the second half.
Hackney opened the second period with her second 3-pointer of the game before the Jets took a 26-6 lead. Jenna Bowers drove to the layup and Hackney took a free throw to make it 23-9, but Medora’s shot stayed cold the rest of the half to make it 34-9 at the break.
Medora shot 3-of-16 and had 16 turnovers in the first half, but the Hornets showed the kind of improvement Bane was looking for in the second half as they halved their turnovers and racked up 19 points.
Hackney finished her 19 points with six 3-pointers and a free throw, Bowers had seven points and Madison Reece made her first basket of the season.
“Maddy was starting to find the middle a little bit and was looking more comfortable,” Bane said. Bowers changed their game in the second half, driving and drawing fouls several times. She was 5-for-8 at the free throw line.
The Hornets struggled to hold Alivia Peoples, a 6-foot sophomore who made 11 field goals and outscored all players with 27 points, along with 12 rebounds.
Kaylynn Orr came off the bench, scoring 15 goals and catching five rebounds.
On Thursday evening, the Hornets fell back 33:3 at the end of the first half in Borden. They were down 48-8 at half time and only managed one free throw in the second half.
Hackney scored six points and Bowers had three.
There are eight girls on the list, and Bowers and Hackney are the only two to have ever attended a high school game before Thursday, as the other six girls are freshmen or sophomores.
Bane said, “We haven’t played in three years. It will take some time. These girls are of course behind, but we will keep working. They will not give up on me and I will not give up on them.”
Several times in the first half, Medora players were caught along the baseline, either resulting in a takeaway or being tied up by an Anderson player. Bane said: “They’re not strong enough with the ball and part of that is a lack of experience. They just don’t know where to go.
“They tried to dribble out of some of these traps. The problem is that they hold the ball for too long and we shouldn’t fall into those traps. I knew this team would capture the baseline. I had seen her play. That was one thing we emphasized, stay off the baseline and out of the corner.
“We were down there for the first half. They didn’t get those traps in the second half, so we improved and that’s what we want to do. As long as they can change and improve it, we look for it.”
Bane and the girls have all week to work on things since they won’t be playing again until November 29th when they travel to Madison Shawe.
Seymour beats Batesville
The Seymour girls’ basketball team defeated Batesville 60-47 away on Friday night.
The owls never followed at night. Journee Brown had a career-high 22 points to lead the Owls, followed by Kendall Sterling with 14 points, Brooke Trinkle with 11, Claire Marshall with four, Lainey Jackson with three, Greer Henry with two, Jaidyn Nichols with two and Sydney Montgomery with two .
Seymour is now 5-0 to start this season. The Owls will try to keep it going next Saturday when they play in Greensburg.
Braves roll past Mitchell
The Brownstown Central girls basketball team picked up their fourth straight win Friday night when the Braves hosted Mitchell and defeated the Bluejackets 42-19.
Kalee Borden scored 12 points to lead the Braves. Jo Brittain and Addison Darlage each scored six points, while Maddy Hackman, Kelsey Schneider and Harley Toppe each scored five. Kinzee Dean scored two and Camryn Thompson had one.
Brownstown (4-1) plays next Tuesday night in Columbus East.