Another slow start for the National Trail girls ended in a loss last week. The Lady Blazers got one game in the books last week, falling to Bethel by a 50-33 final score.
The Bees put up 12 points before the Blazers got on the board, but Trail finished the first quarter with a 6-2 run. At 14-6, it was about the closest Trail got to the lead after the first quarter. Bethel put up 14 more in the second quarter, and continued that scoring trend in the second half.
By the end of the third, the Bees’ lead had grown to 38-24, and Trail could only manage nine more points in the final period.
According to Trail coach Troy Ferguson, his team has made starting slow a habit, and that’ll have to change before his team has the success he knows they’re capable of.
“We have to continue to work to correct our habit of slow starts,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job of getting good shots and taking care of the ball. We can’t keep turning the ball over and rushing things offensively.”
Kate Deaton led the way for Trail with nine points and 21 rebounds. Rachel Sibila had six points and three assists. Allison Unger scored five points and had five boards. Miranda Mize and Andrea Hunt each had four points. Hunt finished the game with seven rebounds as well. Lexi Acton had three, and Payten Laird had two points on the night for Trail.
At 1-4, the Blazers aren’t where they wanted to be in the preseason, but Ferguson is hoping his players can take the next step and close out the season with a few more notches in the win column.
“We’re trying to correct things in practice, and we’ll hope that those will come to fruition these last two games of 2013 and working toward starting 2014 off on a good note,” he said.
This week, the Blazers traveled to Brookville on Monday, and they have a road game at Franklin Monroe on Thursday. Last Saturday’s game against Mississinawa Valley was rescheduled to Jan. 18.