BRIDGEPORT— Coming off of a devastating loss to Buckhannon-Upshur last week, the Lady Bearcats were looking for redemption when they took on the Bridgeport Indians on the road on Friday. However, the Lady Cats found themselves struggling offensively and ultimately dropped the contest by a score of 56-23.
The Indians offense came out on fire, racking up 26 points in the first quarter alone, while the Bearcats only connected for seven points in those minutes of play.
At the conclusion of the first half of action, the Lady Indians continued to be hot, dominating the glass and heading into the locker room leading the Lady Bearcats 32-12.
Coming out of the locker room with determination to stage a comeback, the physical and aggressive Bridgeport defensive made it difficult for Grafton to find their offensive rhythm, as Bridgeport continued to lead the scoring efforts in the third quarter, outscoring the Cats 12-3.
The Lady Cats fought hard to match the pace of the Indians, and were able to put up eight points during the final quarter of the game, and only allowing Bridgeport to add 12 to their total.
Although the effort was there, the execution on the offensive end plagued the Lady Cats in the end, and Bridgeport claimed the victory.
Guard Alyssa Satterfield led Grafton in the scoring column with six points, and pulled down five defensive rebounds.
Teammates Eva Jones, Jodi Keene and Kambree Delaney each claimed five points of their own, with Jones crashing the boards and coming away with five rebounds on the offensive end and four defensive rebounds.
“Despite our loss to Bridgeport, I felt that we took a major step forward in our rebuilding efforts,” expressed head coach Andrew Moore. “We picked up our defensive intensity and have decided to buckle down and play defense the way we want it to be played. Obviously, we are still a long way away from being where we want to be, but I am proud of how they defended the other night.”
With less than ten games left in the season, the team plans on using all of those matchups to continue growing and improving in the game, working to get better on both ends of the floor.
“Offensively we struggled to find our rhythm, but we saw some things that we liked and hopefully we can watch the film, and they see those things and try to replicate them each and every night,” Moore commented.
According to Moore, Amber Smith has been an asset to the team on the defensive end during every game, and he was proud of how player Sydney Friend bounced back after struggling at the Buckhannon game.
He also noted that Sophomore Eva Jones has done a nice job lately and is starting to get more comfortable on the floor.
“I told them that success is not going to happen overnight. It’s a process, and as long as they stay true to the process they will see the results of their hard work and dedication,” Moore announced.
The team was slated to play Lewis County today, but because of learning of a positive COVID-19 case within the program, the Lady Cats have been sidelined and are on a 14-day quarantine, wiping out their schedule for the rest of this week and possibly into next week, as well.