Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Fox Creek girls basketball team suffered a tough loss against Blackville-Hilda on Friday.
The Predators (2-11, 1-3 Region 4-A) fell to the Hawks 66-21. Fox Creek only had six players available for the game, according to Richard Brady, the Predators head coach.
“We had two of our starters not playing,” he said. “One due to some family issues and she’s not going to play with us anymore and another due to the fact that her grandmother died. When you take two starters, two guards out of the picture, you’re going to struggle.”
Fox Creek was missing two starting guards in the game, which hurt them against the pressure defense of Blackville-Hilda.
“What happened in the game is what I expected to happen,” Brady said. “We didn’t handle the ball well, we couldn’t break the press. We just had some issues. Whether it was half court or full court pressure, we couldn’t handle it.”
For Brady’s bunch, having only one player who normally handles the ball put them in a tough position, as some players were forced into controlling the ball.
“We only have six girls, five posts and one guard, so that didn’t help us any,” Brady said. “We got tired, we had some girls who had to do some extra things because a couple of the people who were normally there weren’t there today. They normally play the whole game, but we just didn’t have what we needed and it shows. We played a ballgame with six girls, it was tough.”
Fox Creek will get Taylor Sheppard back for it’s next game, but will still play with depth issues.
“We’ll get Taylor back and that’ll help some,” Brady said. “We’ve just got to work on fundamentals, we threw the ball away and threw the ball right to them for some unforced turnovers. We’ve got to correct that.”
Fox Creek will next be in action in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday against Williston-Elko and will face Wagener-Salley on Friday.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.