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Still looking for answers, Chiefland girls fell 49-36 to Ft. White Thursday. They suffered from turnovers and struggled for three quarters to put the ball in the hoop, so that even a gonzo fourth quarter couldn't save them.
“We're just not making easy shots,” said head coach Emily Gore.
Ft. White started cold as well, leading Chiefland by only 10-8 in the first quarter. They opened with a free throw and a miss by Sarah Stringfellow, and her teammate Alysa Smith rebounded the miss for a basket, putting Ft. White in the lead. Janessa Barrios answered for Chiefland, and the blue Indians led briefly when Sharnese Rome finished a rebound. Chiefland played sticky defense, keeping Ft. White off balance, but the red team opened it up with a flurry, capped with a three by Tara Miller. Kadijah Bowers got a basket off a dish by Charlene Davis and another off the inbounds play to get Chiefland back within two.
Miller found her shot with the three, and she brought the rain in the second quarter. Miller and Bregay Harris had six points each, and Nikeria Solomon had five, starting with a three as the quarter began. Unlike the first quarter when the red team went to the line four times, they didn't even try to drive and draw. They collected picks and rebounds and pulled up for quick transition jumpers.
Chiefland hustled, but Barrios and Madalyn McCray had the only field goals on the quarter, and Katelyn Allen made two free throws. Chiefland went to the half down 29-14.
The blue Indians brought renewed effort in the third quarter, as McCray and Bowers had back to back scores. Davis' free throw cut the lead to 10 and the two teams of Indians traded baskets. Ft. White abandoned the perimeter game and came back inside, getting to the line. They only sank about 30 percent, though, an opportunity for Chiefland, had they been able to take advantage.
Solomon scored first for Ft. White in the fourth, but it was Chiefland that scored the most. The blue Indians attacked the basket with real energy, getting only McCray's four points from the field but going to the line nine times and shooting about 50 percent. McCray led the team at the line, followed by Davis.
After poor shooting, the single biggest factor in the loss was turnovers, Gore said.
“We had 24 turnovers in the first half, and I told the team we're going to sprint every time we turn the ball over,” she said.
“In the second half, we had 14 turnovers. So we'll be running.”
Chiefland girls will host Bronson on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m.