Between gaining a little traction with the two 3-pointers Centertown tallied over Morrison, the shooting percentages were way down for the Lady Eagles as they left 20 points on the table from the charity stripe alone hitting 13-of-33.
Since Morrison only lost the contest by 2 points, 25-23, just making three more foul shots could have changed the outcome Thursday afternoon in Centertown.
“We just missed too many foul shots and it was the difference in the game,” said Morrison coach Kyle Cannon. “We will bounce back and be ready for tournament time.”
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles went 5-of-15 from the line, while the Lady Warriors were 4-of-7.
“It was a hard-fought game. We just persevered and scored enough at the end,” said Centertown coach Isaac Slatton.
Distribution of the basketball was off for the Lady Eagles, as only four players posted points. Brielee Kelsey led Morrison’s scoring drive with a game-high 13 points, 8 of which came from the charity stripe. Normally Lady Eagle Gaby Monzon earns double digits, but Thursday she found only 4 points along with Lia Wright. Wrapping up Morrison’s scoring was Alexis Whipple with 2 points.
It was a war of attrition as, although the Lady Warriors didn’t break double digits for any single player, Jaden Smartt scored 9 points. Other Centertown scorers were Maddison Johnson 5, Madison Hollis 4, Katy Mae Cantrell, Krista Chisam and Alyssa Mosley all scored 2 points apiece, and Brienna Hart scored 1 point.
Morrison will hit the road to face Boyd on Monday, while the Eastside Bulldogs will pay a visit to Centertown. Games begin at 6 p.m.