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BRONSON –The Chiefland High boys basketball team had a dress rehearsal for the 2007-08 season last Thursday and Friday in the Bronson Preseason Tipoff Tournament.
Since the games are preseason, they don't count towards the won-loss record.
Indian hoop fans, players and coaches are down with that, as CHS dropped both tilts at the Bronson High gym.
On Thursday, the Indians were edged by Taylor County, 43-39. On the next night, the Indians played with more intensity against a tough Madison County squad, but a cold-shooting second half spelled a 45-35 setback.
"It was like night and day,"said first-year varsity coach Mark Lundy. "We played a lot more as a unit (Friday). We were more cohesive. We did a better job rebounding."
Chiefland used a solid second quarter to outscore Madison 12-6 to take a 19-16 lead into the halftime locker room. A three-point goal by Marquis Jackson gave the Indians a 17-16 lead.
Jackson, a guard, led all scorers with 17 points.
While Lundy was pleased with Jackson's effort, he would have liked to have seen more scoring come from the front line.
Also, he noticed that the guards need to execute quicker, more accurate passes.
"We have to do a better job recognizing the passing lanes,"said Lundy. "A lot of passes were late. We haven't had a lot of time to work on that in practice. We'll get better as the season goes along."
Chiefland saw its lead slip away in the third quarter, as Madison outscored the Indians by an 11-7 margin. Chiefland was still in the game, trailing by just 27-26.
Madison claimed the game in the fourth quarter, as the Cowboys sank 11 of 13 free throw tries in the final session.
Jackson tried to keep Chiefland close, as he scored six of his points in the fourth quarter.
Madison's pressure also forced turnovers in the second half.
"We'll focus on the press in practice,"promised Lundy.
Tommy Sheffield scored six points and did a good job on the boards. Eugene Carter and Travis Donald each had four points. Reggie McClendon had two points, while John Manalastas and Josh Wasson had one apiece.
Against Taylor County, Sheffield had nine points, Donald eight, Casey Brown six, Jackson five, Delmar Dial four and Wasson three.
Chiefland opened its regular season Tuesday night at Lafayette County.