Lady Vols win despite poor shooting
Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt could have spent a great deal of time worrying about the shots that didn't go in Thursday night against Lamar School.
In the end, the Lady Volunteers made enough of them to pull out a 36-31 victory.
Schmidt knows any win her young squad can get is a good one.
"We get up in the morning on game day with the goal of winning a game in mind," Schmidt said. "That's all I said to them and all we've got to worry about. We came to school, dressed out to win a game and did, so we can leave it at that."
Starkville Academy, which evened its record at 2-2, jumped out to a 10-1 lead and got off to a good start.
Even though it looked good on the scoreboard, the Lady Vols only shot 25 percent in the first quarter so the lead could have been so much greater.
"What was scary to me in the first quarter was we were getting so many good looks at the basket," Schmidt said. "Those open shots are good looks and we've got to take them, but I would like for the other foot to be down on the floor first. They were just excited.
"You've got to catch it, the other foot has got to come down and you do need to look at the rim. We got so many open looks early that it was shocking."
Starkville Academy shot 12.5 percent from the field in the second quarter, but recovered enough to shoot 30.4 percent for the game.
As bad as the Lady Vols shot throughout the game, the visiting Lady Raiders were worse by finishing at 20 percent.
Lamar School was able to come back from the large deficit to cut the margin to 30-29 and 32-31 in the fourth quarter, but never took the lead.
"We're working on a little 1-3-1 zone," Schmidt said. "We went to it a little bit, they adjusted and we had to get back out of it."
After Anna Lea Little hit a basket to put Starkville Academy up 34-31, Sallie Kate Richardson rebounded a miss by the Lady Raiders, came down, got fouled and made both of her free throws on the other end with 29.1 seconds remaining in the game.
Richardson recorded a double-double for the Lady Vols with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Little added 11 points.
Starkville Academy remains at home Tuesday when it takes on Jackson Prep in varsity action only beginning at 6 p.m. with the girls game.