The Lady Divers faced the Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots Tues., Jan. 5 in Hitchcock. The Divers came out strong scoring 10 points in the first quarter with strong offensive rebounding and passes underneath. The Divers took a 15-14 lead into half-time, but the Lady Patriots played some tough pressure defense in the second half holding the Divers to only four points. The Patriots also had five blocked shots and out-rebounded the Divers in the second half.
“The girls fought hard the entire game,” said Diver coach Josh Warne. “As we gain experience against great teams and learn to finish contested shots, these ladies will show they can close out tough games like this.”
Lake Preston 6 14 21 28
Hitchcock-Tulare 10 15 17 19
The Lady Divers were at home to play the Deubrook Dolphins on Jan. 7, and Deubrook’s size, full court press and experience proved to be a great challenge. The Dolphins pressure helped them get off to a fast start and build a 28-1 half time lead.
The Divers weren’t done however and came back out in the second half ready to compete.
“These ladies understand the scoreboard doesn’t tell the entire story of the game,” said Coach Warne.
“In the first half we played some good defense, created some good shot opportunities on offense and started to figure out the press.”
Whatever the team discussed at half time, it worked. They were able to make some adjustments that created more movement, better passing and open shots on offense in the second half to outscore the Dolphins 14 to 12 in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
“One thing you can count on with this team is they won’t quit,” said Warne. “They choose to compete all four quarters and seize every opportunity to get better.”
Lake Preston 1 1 6 15
Deubrook 18 28 34 40
On Sat., Jan. 9, the Lady Divers played Iroquois-Doland in Iroquois. The game was hard fought by both teams from start to finish and went down to the last seconds of the game with the Divers coming up just short of sending the game to overtime on the last play.
Iroquois-Doland jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first quarter, and the Divers were able to cut it to one before the half.
The Divers played a strong 3rd quarter and were able to build a two-point lead, but Iroquois-Doland made some big shots in the 4th that helped them pull out the win. Even though the Divers had 11 offensive rebounds and some fast break opportunities, they had several shots rim out during the game.
Coach Warne stated, “I know the girls are disappointed about this one and want an opportunity to take some of those shots again, but I am proud of how they rebounded and played defensively today. They gave themselves an opportunity to win this game because of that and have a lot of positives to build on for next week.”
Lake Preston 3 8 15 17
Iroquois-Doland 6 9 13 20