North Decatur used a fast start and a strong finish to beat the Edinburgh girls basketball team 60-26 Thursday, but the glimmers of improvement for the Lancers seem to be getting brighter by the game.
The Lancers (2-12, 0-7 Mid-Hoosier Conference) continue to be challenged in the numbers game. Three prominent players have been out for most of the season with injuries, and a fourth, freshman standout Mara Cox, is out with an injury as well.
That meant Edinburgh coach Amy Macy used a starting lineup that included two freshmen (Vanessa Hoskins and Brianna Howard), two sophomores (Megan Rooks and Mariah Weddle) and just one upperclassman, senior Brianna Schooler. It also meant the team had a rotation of only six players for most of the evening.
“We just didn’t score in the first quarter, and in the fourth quarter we fouled too much,” Macy said. “We were really only six players deep because of injuries, and that caught up with us. North Decatur is a tough team to get around.”
While the Lancers lack experience and depth, they continue to have no shortage of enthusiasm. Players diving on the floor for loose balls and earning held-ball situations by tying up possessions with an opposing player were both common sights on the evening, as has been the case for much of the season.
North Decatur (9-6, 2-4 Mid-Hoosier) rolled out to a 17-2 advantage after eight minutes. For the next 2½ quarters, however, the Lancers settled down and were more competitive the rest of the way.
“Looking at the second and third quarters, we played even with them,” Macy said. “Defensively we tried to switch it up, and their two big girls are probably the biggest we have played against but I thought we did a good job there.
“We just have to get more scores,” she said.
The Lancers’ team defense, rebounding and ball movement also are getting better, Macy said, noting all three areas have been points of emphasis in practice.
“We’ve been working on the fundamentals of blocking out. This time we did a good job of making sure we find somebody in the man-to-man and in the zone,” Macy said.
Edinburgh’s offense continues to be a work in progress.
“We have to get more shots. We’re learning to, instead of going side to side, to attack the basket more,” Macy said.
Edinburgh visits Waldron on Jan. 28.