Lady Pirates’ 3A-8 outings have been win one, lose one

Drew Central’s Lady Pirates currently have a four-year stranglehold on the senior girls’ Class 3A, District 8 basketball title. If they want to make it five in a row, coach Michael Goad said his team must play better.

Better than winning one game and losing one game as Drew Central has its first four conference outings of 2013-14. Also troubling, Goad mentioned, is that Tuesday night’s 6-41 loss to Fordyce was on the Lady Pirates’ home floor.

“We have to protect our home court,” Goad had said after Friday’s 64-42 victory over Camden Harmony Grove—also at Drew Central—and the Lady Pirates had until Tuesday.

After matching the Ladybugs point-for-point in the first quarter Tuesday night, Drew Central found itself down at the half by seven points, 31-24.

It just got worse for the hosts after intermission. Despite leading scorer Cierra Gardner evenly distributing her points between halves (10 in the first, nine in the second), Drew Central could not stop Fordyce.

The Ladybugs’ Markieta Morris scored 14 points in the second half—10 in the fourth quarter alone—as Fordyce pulled away for the win. Lacie Hulse paced the visitors with a game-high 21 points while Morris added 18 for the Ladybugs. Gardner, as she has done in every game she’s played this season, led the Lady Pirates in scoring, with 19 points.

What Drew Central failed to get against Fordyce, it got against Harmony Grove. Juniors Madison Knowles and Holly Williams helped Gardner out with scoring, netting 15 and 10 points respectively.

Gardner still led the team  with 26 points but Goad said he was happy his supporting cast came to play.

“We scored 64 points,” Goad mentioned, “and 38 of those points came from people other than Cierra. We have to have that production if we’re going to be successful this year.

“I thought we came out and played well (against Harmony Grove). They’re a real scrappy team, real physical. We’re getting used to the box-and-one because everybody plays that against us.

“Madison Knowles and Holly Williams stepped up and had good games. When you’re going up against that box, there’s going to be a lot of open shots. We just have to step up and knock them down.”

The Lady Pirates were equally good in each half against the Lady Hornets, scoring 32 points in each.

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