Industrial edges St. Joseph in non-district action
Jan. 2, 2018 at 10:06 p.m.
Desiree Hill wasn't happy with the way No. 11 Industrial started against St. Joseph.
The three-year starting point guard wanted the Lady Cobras to finish non-district play on a high note.
"Shots weren't falling at the beginning," said the junior Hill. "We just kept at it, and we basically brought it all together as one. We did what we had to do and the shot started falling, and we took it from there."
Hill scored eight points as the Lady Cobras defeated the Lady Flyers 51-41 in a non-district game Tuesday at the Flyer Dome.
Hill and sophomore guard Caeli Taylor combined to score 13 points in the first half as the Lady Cobras took a 30-20 lead over the Lady Flyers at halftime.
Taylor finished with a team-high 10 points for the Lady Cobras.
Industrial (19-5) head coach Shannon Taylor's message to the Lady Cobras in the locker room at halftime was to keep the same mentality as the first half.
"A lot of times when teams are down at halftime, they're going to come out and give you their best shot," Shannon Taylor said. "I told them we needed to come out and pretend like the game was 0-0 and come out and give them our best shot."
St. Joseph (12-7) junior guard Maegan Marshall knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Lady Cobras lead to six, 34-28, midway through the third quarter.
"I was decent from the 3-point line," said Marshall, who scored all of her 12 points the 3-point range. "I had some good shots and I had some bad shots. We were to inconsistent at times."
The Lady Cobras pushed their lead to 12 as Skylar Lenamaon and Sarah Kusak hit back-to-back 3-pointers to go up 40-28.
The Lady Cobras led the Lady Flyers 42-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hill knocked down a mid-range jumper to start the fourth quarter and the Lady Cobras never looked back.
"We really worked hard coming back," said Hill, who finished 4-of-7 from the free-throw line. "Once district starts we have to come out strong and not let up to get teams back in the game."
St. Joseph coach Edward Ousley saw a lot of positives in the Lady Flyers effort despite the loss.
"You just have to keep chipping away during the whole game," Ousley said. " I feel like there were times that we would do some good things and then we would get away from it. You have to believe in yourself and in your teammates when you play basketball."
Alisa Novosad, who scored a game-high 14 points for St. Joseph, felt that the Lady Flyers started the game out slow.
"We didn't come out with fire," Novosad said. "We didn't push the ball and I personally made some bad passes that I shouldn't have had. I think that we just have to work on communication on the floor and being on the same page."
The Lady Flyers will open TAPPS District 6-5A play Jan. 19 against Corpus Christi Incarnate Word Academy.
"I just want to see that consistency," Ousely said. "I want to see that strong defensive play and for us to take care of the fundamentals. If we do that we're going to be a force to be recognized with. If we dont don't, we're going to struggle."
Industrial will host Edna at 6:15 p.m. Friday to open District 28-3A play.
"It's a pretty good step knowing that we start district on Friday and I feel like we're heading in the right direction," Shannon Taylor said. " The main thing is to get better everyday and we have to become a stronger rebounding team and move out feet on defense to take care of our offense. We have to get better if we want to reach our goals."
Industrial 51, St. Joseph 41
Points - (Industrial) Skylar Lenamon 3, Lexi Snedecor 2, Caeli Taylor 10, Chloe Darilek 2, Reagan Doyle 7, Desiree Hill 8, Kylann Griffith 9, Sarah Kusak 8, Chelsea Garza 2. (St. Joseph) Taylor Foeh 6, Alisa Novosad 14, Maegan Marshall 13, Maiya Tillman 6, Heidi Terry 2. Halftime - Industrial 30, St. Joseph 20. 3-pointers -
Records - Industrial 19-5, St. Joseph 12-7.