Lady Flyers unable to overcome early deficit
By TAYLOR MITCHELL - TMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2013 at 7:29 p.m.
Tuesday was a rough night for the Lady Flyers.
Besides the 45-38 loss to Incarnate Word, passes went through wide open hands, balls rolled through legs, shots were being blocked left and right, and in one case, the ball smashed into one unsuspecting player's face.
Yet, St. Joseph was still in position at the end to win the game.
After being outscored 18-8 in the third quarter, the Lady Flyers shut down Incarnate Word's offense and took advantage of four trips to the charity stripe to slowly cut into the deficit.
The Lady Angels scored just twice in the final quarter of play, opening the door for St. Joseph's comeback.
With just over three minutes to play, Incarnate Word led 45-28. However, Kensey Marshall scored a quick basket and the Lady Flyers made six free throws in the next two minutes to make the score 45-37 with 1:02 left in the game.
Christine Janak and Chloe Shoemake each grabbed a steal within 25 seconds of one another, but they were unable to convert the turnovers into points.
"We finally got some intensity at the end of the game," said Lady Flyers coach Carrie Myers . "But you can't wait that long."
Marshall made one of two free throws with 28 seconds left to play, but that was all the scoring St. Joseph could manage in the final half minute of play, sealing the 45-38 victory for Incarnate Word.
"We've been off our last couple of games," Myers, whose Lady Flyers have lost three out of their last four games, said. "It's the same kids, but they're having trouble connecting with each other like they should. Our turnovers are causing easy lay ups for the other team."
Janak, who scored the first six points for St. Joseph, posted a double-double performance in the loss, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Madison Foeh scored nine points coming off the bench and Kalyn Hempel grabbed nine rebounds and also had three steals.
Marshall, the Lady Flyers' leading scorer, scored just five points, but had two assists and two steals.
"I think she just had an off night," Myers said. "Her shots weren't falling they usually do and they were on her aggressively. Everyone is keying in on her because she's been shooting well."
Incarnate Word led by just two points after one quarter of play, but an 8-2 run to end the first half extended the lead to 23-15.
Bianca Valderman led the Lady Angels in scoring with 14 points and Ashley Zawicky had 13. Valderman led Incarnate Word in rebounding with nine.
St. Joseph now sits at 1-4 in district play with three games to play against district opponents. While the door hasn't closed on the Lady Flyers making the district tournament, it is beginning to creep shut.
"It's possible for us to still make the district tournament," Myers said after Tuesday night's loss. "