MIAMI — The Miami girls equaled the scoring total of their last game early in the second half of their game with Pittsburg (Kansas) St. Mary’s-Colgan, but still didn’t have anything to show for it.
The Lady Wardogs suffered their seventh straight loss in the form of a 41-22 setback here Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Miami Activity Center.
“They played a little bit harder, but we are still struggling with scoring right under the basket,” Miami coach Chuck Preaus. “We took 24 shots in the paint and made seven. If we make 50 percent of those point-blank shots, then it’s a different ballgame. Bottom line.”
A bucket from inside by Mary Gilbert pulled the Lady Wardogs into a 6-5 lead with 26.6 seconds left in the opening frame, but SMC took the lead for good at the buzzer when Kate Radell beat the buzzer with a bucket.
The Lady Wardogs managed only one point in the second quarter and trailed 19-7 at the half and was down 32-16 heading into the final stanza.
“Scoring only one point in the second quarter, not so much turnovers, just not taking advantage and score when we’re supposed to score and giving them opportunities to score,” Preaus said. “We had a season low on turnovers (12), which is great.
“If we can make our shots, commit less turnovers, rebound more, we have a chance to win the game. We’ve got to hit the ‘big three.’”
The Lady Wardogs managed only eight points in a 53-8 loss to Inola here on Dec. 15.
They bested that when Gilbert canned a pair of free throws in the third quarter.
The 22 points was the third fewest of the season for MHS.
Gilbert handled the bulk of Miami’s scoring, hitting 14 points.
Cali Mercer, Bayleigh Beckwith, Abby Osborn had two each and Shelby Hubbard and Taylor Elliott chipped in with one point each.
Cathy Farmer scored 15 to lead St. Mary’s-Colgan.
Miami travels to Seneca Thursday, Jan. 4 then hosts Kansas on Jan. 5.