Sometimes when things don't go well on the court it's as much a product of good defense as anything else.
Last Friday the Mexico varsity girls basketball team went 13-for-44 from the floor, including 5-for-18 from behind the three point line at Boonville in a North Central Missouri Conference contest. As for how and why this came to be, that's hard to say, but whatever the impetus, the end result wad the Lady Bulldogs falling 52-36.
"We played a very good first half defensively to hold Boonville to 20 points. Our man-to-man was solid in first showing some toughness," said coach Ed Costley. "We started the third quarter flat and had a cold spell of shooting. Boonville has been one of the best three-point shooting teams in conference and we did a good job defending the line."
Mexico's most endearing story line was Adria Costley's 12 points, 12 rebounds and three steals, Raigan Playter had a nine point, four rebound performance and scoring four each were Logan Blevins and Reghan Smith. Aaryn Sampo also chipped in with three points, three rebounds and one steal and Makenzie Davis came through with two boards.
"Logan Blevins returned from an injury and provided some rebounding," Ed Costley said. "Raigan Playter found her shooting range but they did a good job defensively of keeping us from attacking lane off dribble. Consistent shooting in games has been our downfall most games."
Once the first quarter ended tied at 13-13, the Lady Bulldogs slowly started slipping away and were behind 20-17 at halftime and 33-21 at the end of the third prior to getting outscored 19-15 in the fourth. Mexico did have 21 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and four blocks, though.
For the Lady Pirates, they went 18-for-38 from the floor, 3-for-11 from three-point territory and 7-for-13 from the charity stripe with 18 rebounds, three blocks and two assists.
The Lady Bulldogs, 8-9 overall, 4-3 NCMC, is at Marshall on Friday.