Rossville girls doomed by first-half turnovers against West Lafayette
SPLITTING THE DEFENSE
Rossville freshman Mallory Roberts dribbles between multiple West Lafayette defenders during the first half Wednesday night. West Lafayette won the game 68-15.
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 1:15 pm
BY JIMMY GILLISPIE firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSSVILLE – An inability to score, influenced by a high number of turnovers, caused the Rossville girls’ basketball team to get routed at home Wednesday night.
The Hornets shot 11 percent from the field, making only four buckets during their contest with West Lafayette. A 36-point lead turned into 53-point win for the Red Devils, who defeated the Hornets 68-15.
“They are who we want to be,” Rossville head coach Michael Gick said. “I’ll be honest. That’s who we’re working to be. That doesn’t happen overnight. That’s a very well-coached team. Those girls are very talented and they’ve played a lot and they’re used to that. Everything you do, you either go in a hole or you get better. A failure isn’t a bad thing. It’s how you react to failure. I like our girls being in that atmosphere.
“You hurt for them when you get beat like that, yet, in the same rights, I want them to see that because that’s what they can be,” he added. “We just have to catch up skill wise and be on the court more. A lot of these girls haven’t played a whole lot of basketball.”
Rossville made only 4-of-33 shots from two-point range and missed both three-point attempts Wednesday night. It was also a struggle from the foul line as Rossville made 7-of-15 free throws attempts.
The Hornets gave West Lafayette too many possessions and second changes in the game. They turned it over 20 times in the first half and 10 in the second half. West Lafayette hit the boards hard, grabbing 20 offensive and 24 defensive rebounds. The Hornets totaled 26 rebounds for the contest.
“Twenty turnovers are just too many,” Gick said. “I thought we did a nice job defensively in the first quarter. I thought we came out mentally and physically ready. We did such a good job on our defense, but we got no points to reward ourselves for that.
“When we starting hitting some shots and get our offense catching up to our desire, along with our defense, you’re going to see a good team,” he added. “I saw a team that was down the whole game, but never quit and never gave up. We were very tired, but they tried to do what we talk about in practice.”
Rossville’s only field goals in the first half came during a two-minute stretch at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second. Freshman Keely Criswell, who led the team with seven points, made two buckets for the Hornets. The only other point in the half came on a free throw from junior Breanna Wainscott during the opening two minutes.
Meanwhile, West Lafayette consistently scored all night. WL went on a 12-0 run in the first quarter behind layups and a three-pointer. After Criswell’s basket to start the second quarter, WL scored 25-unanswered points. Those points came from inbounds plays, fast-break layups and three-straight shots behind the arc. WL led 41-5 at halftime.
West Lafayette continued pouring on the offense in the second half. The Red Devils grabbed several offensive rebounds and scored on second or third attempts on a possession.
Both teams scored six points in the fourth quarter. Rossville freshman Mallory Roberts scored the only Hornets bucket. Roberts also made a pair of free throws for the Hornets. Junior Brooke Hughes and Criswell each made a foul shot, too.
“If you come to our practice tomorrow, I guarantee you’d see 12 smiling faces and 12 girls getting after it for me in practice with a tremendous spirit and attitude,” Gick said. “I have no doubt. I know we’ll get back to work tomorrow.”
Rossville’s next game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tri-County. The Cavaliers beat Rossville 41-27 in the first round of the Indiana Kitchen Classic on Nov. 19. It was a two-point game at halftime before the Cavaliers pulled away late with a trio of three-pointers from star Lauren Schwab.
“We did a lot of great things in that game,” Gick said. “You watch it on film and you ask, ‘How did we lose this?’ We did such a good job defensively on them. We’ll go out and try to get the ‘W’.”