The Richmond Hill girls came so close on Friday in a 42-37 loss to the Johnson High Lady Atomsmashers.
That had to be a disappointment for head coach Elizabeth Bennett and the Lady Wildcats, and that feeling turned to heartbreak on Saturday with a 42-38 loss to Windsor Forest.
The 2-7 Richmond Hill ladies will have some consolation to take with them in to their Christmas break. They were beat pretty good the first time they played the Lady Knights, but came back from a nine point deficit the second time around and have definitely shown some improvement during the three day holiday tournament.
Against Johnson, Tyler Carlson picked up where she left off the night before with her 25 points against Groves. Her two first period 3 pointers along with a field goal of the two point variety had given the Lady Wildcats a quick head start and a seven point first period lead. The Lady Atomsmashers would change tactics at the break.
A box and one defense the next period held Carlson scoreless the second period and limited the Lady Wildcats to just six points. While a Johnson defender was shadowing the sophomore guard all over the floor her teammates struggled to shoot over the remaining Johnson defenders.
Richmond Hill was just 6 of 28 shooting from the field during the second and third periods, but a dogging, tight man defense by Richmond Hill held their opponents to just six points in the third period and they went to the final stanza up by two points.
Both teams offense picked up in the fourth period. Johnson’s Shandalyn Mitchell scored eight of her twelve points in the period and Carlson five of her 15. The lead changed hands several times as the clock wound down the final two minutes. Richmond Hill’s Dajah Davis gave the Lady Cats their final lead but a short time later Richmond Hill found themselves down by three with under a minute left and could never get another shot to fall for them.
On Saturday against Windsor Forest the ladies seemed to be still down over the previous nights loss and found themselves down by 9 points in the first period.
But defense would lead them back again.
In their previous meeting Richmond Hill played a zone defense against the Lady Knights, so Bennett switched it up and used the same pressing man defense that had worked so well the night before.
It helped to bring the Lady Cats back to just a two point deficit at halftime.
In the third period Richmond Hill went up by as much as five points but like the night before the back and forth contest just didn’t end the way Bennett and her team would have preferred. But you can’t fault them for the effort.
The ladies will travel to Liberty County after the break on Jan.4. Tip off is at 6:30 p.m. Jenkins will visit the next night at 7 p.m.