After Adria Costley and Anna Proctor knocked down two quick baskets on Tuesday at home in the first quarter against Moberly to give the Mexico varsity girls' basketball team a 4-0 lead, things didn't go as planned.
What did take place was Karriana Kinder and Trea Vestal combining to score the next nine points for Moberly on their way to defeating the Lady Bulldog's 45-34.
"In the first couple minutes we seemed to be more aggressive on the offensive end. Then, all of the sudden, we thought because we had a four-point lead we were done," said coach Ed Costley. "At that point Moberly turned it up and we never responded to what they were giving us. They turned up the intensity and the physical play and we didn't respond to it."
Now down 12-4 with 2:44 left in the first quarter, Reghan Smith connected for Mexico to make it a 15-6 game heading into the second. The third wasn't any kinder to the Lady Bulldogs' because, despite baskets from Morgan Bledsoe and Shelbi Shaw, the Lady Spartans upped their advantage to 38-20 at 3:14 on scores by Sydney Flood, Torey Rasmussen and Sydney Baughmn.
"(Moberly did) the same thing we expected. I didn't expect us to be standing on offense and doing a lot of watching," Ed Costley said. "I felt like off the ball we stood and watched. We just weren't doing a good job of moving without the basketball."
The fourth proved much more fruitful for Mexico as they were able to pull within 40-24 at 5:30 and 41-27 at 3:06 on field goals from Adria Costley and Logan Blevins. Raigan Playter and Shaw then came through for the Lady Bulldog's followed by a triple from Adria Costley, but their simply wasn't enough time on the clock to come all the way back.
"At halftime we knew we had to figure out a way to match Moberly's physical play. We decided to try and get some possessions, put the ball in the paint and see if we could score," said Ed Costley. "Shelbi Shaw came in and hit a couple buckets in the paint for us, but we weren't consistent in the paint on getting the ball into the block. We either need to make the pass at the right time or finish."
One thing this game did mark was Mexico's first home game since hosting Kirksville on Dec. 13. The squad did have contests scheduled for Jan. 16-17 at home, but those games were rescheduled because of weather.
"It's good to be at home, but I truly believe a lot of times when you come home there is so much more that you're worried about. The people in the stands, the fans, everybody else. Some time you can lose focus," Ed Costley said. "When you go on the road it's simple. You just play basketball. You don't have to worry about anything before or after the game."
Scoring 10 each for the Lady Bulldog's were Adria Costley and Shaw and Anna Proctor added four points.
Mexico, 6-9 overall, 2-3 North Central Missouri Conference, is at home Friday against league rival Boonville.