The Generals came out on a mission in the third period as they went on a 15-0 run, in what some would call two touchdowns, an extra-point and a two-point conversion. Wayne stepped up the pressure in the second half forcing turnovers by the Lady Eagles. Nichole Wormcastle had the only points for the Eagles in the third quarter, a three-pointer. Wormcastle was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with eight points on the night. Haleigh Gross pushed the ball into the Generals’ defense and was able to pick up six points for the Eagles.
Two Eagle starters, Alysa Holloway and Morgan Young, were on the bench because of illness and others looked sluggish as well. Holloway, with limited playing time, had five points and three assists. Young meanwhile saw about eight minutes of action and managed two rebounds and was 0-1 shooting. Freshman Kasey Gibson made the most of her first varsity start. Gibson contributed four points, grabbed five rebounds, stole the ball five times and had four assists.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Fairfield Friday night to play the Falcons. They suffered their third loss of the season 40-32.
Churubusco started out a little shaky on offense turning the ball over 11 times in the first quarter. The Falcons jumped out to a 10-2 lead before the Eagles could close it to 11-6 by the end of the period.
The second quarter saw the Lady Eagles battle back as Taylor Amber scored nine of her 13 points on the night in the quarter. Churubusco pulled within four at 22-18 as the half came to a close.
The Lady Eagles came out and quickly tied the game at 22 with just over one minute into the third period. The Falcons stepped it up on defense and shut down the Eagles giving up just one more point the rest of the quarter. The Falcons outscored the Eagles 7-1 in the last six minutes for a 29-23 lead entering the final quarter.
Churubusco could not get any closer as Fairfield put the game away outscoring them 11-8 in the last period.
(Alysa Holloway breaks away for a lay-up in action against Wayne. Holloway finished with five points and three assists in limited action last Tuesday.) photo by hiatt
“We turned the ball over 36 times, and you can not win a game when you do that,” commented Coach Jamie Perlich. “That’s 36 times that you don’t have the opportunity to score. Free throws, we missed eight of them, it’s the little things that are what’s hurting us. It’s not our effort, the girls are playing hard. We’ve just needed to get the confidence knowing that we can take care of the basketball.”
The Eagles were strong on the boards as they out- rebounded Fairfield 38-21. Heather Monk and Amber each had 11 to lead the Eagles.
“Monk was an animal on the boards. She’s not afraid to go in there and keeps balls alive. Amber was more aggressive tonight with the ball. Our offensive has to run through her. For us to win games, she is going to have to get her touches and score for us. Tonight I feel like she did a better job doing that,” stated Coach Perlich. “We missed Morgan Young a great deal tonight. She is our best defensive player and we missed that type of leadership on the defensive end. I’m pleased with only giving up 40 points, but I think we could have been better defensively with her aggressiveness tonight.”
The Lady Eagles return home for four games beginning Friday against Eastside. Next week they will host Adams Central on Tuesday, Fort Wayne Blackhawk on Thursday and Westview on Saturday.