The offensive woes of the Starkville Academy boys' basketball team continued Saturday night.
Lamar School out-dueled the Volunteers 41-33 at the Starkville Academy Gymnasium.
The Volunteers were coming off a 19-point performance against Hilcrest on Friday night.
SA boys coach Mark Alexander wishes his offense stepped up a bit more.
"We played OK," Alexander said. "We were dismal on offense and just dismal. We couldn't hit a shot. Same thing last night. We had 19 points last night and (33) tonight. You do the math. Eight quarters of basketball and you add that up that's not very good. We can't buy a basket."
Although the the Vols struggled offensively, they still had a chance to win the game. Starkville Academy cut the Raider lead to three at 36-33 on a 6-0 run with 2 minutes remaining in the game.
The Vols quickly fouled and sent Lamar to the line. The Raiders missed, but his teammates were able to get the rebound a stuck it back in.
"We cut it to three there at the end, fought back," Alexander said. "We got them to miss a free throw and then we didn't block out. One possession game, we get the rebound, we got a chance to come down and tie. We weren't able to get the rebound, they kick it out, they go into shoot the layup and it goes from a three-point game to a five-point game. Essentially, it was over at that point."
SA had chances all night to get over the hump and take the lead, but the Raiders held them back.
Alexander does not want to blame back-to-back games in back-to-back days, but it was obvious to him that his team was tired.
"I think we were a little tired and fatigue from playing last night against Hillcrest," Alexander said. "Two games in two days, but that's no excuse."
The Raiders never trailed and took a 14-10 lead into the second quarter and a 24-20 lead into the locker room at intermission.
Both teams struggled offensively in the third quarter. The Volunteers opened up the second half with three quick points by Carnail Minor. He was able to knock down a free throw and then followed it up with a layup.
The Raiders scored the next six points in the quarter, but that would be all the scoring that was to be done in that frame.
"Really just embarrassed right now," Alexander said. "Lamar is a quality team, not taking anything away from them. It's just embarrassing. It falls on me. I have to do a better job of coaching and getting my team ready. That's the bottom line."
Jorden Andrews scored a game high 22 points to lead Lamar.
The Volunteers were led by Jon Michael Robinson with 12 points. SA dropped to 7-11 for the season.
Starkville Academy 57,
Lamar School 13
It didn't take long for the Lady Vols to establish their dominance and take over the game.
SA opened up the game on a 13-0 run, before Natalie Williams made a free throw for the Lady Raiders. The Lady Vols turned around and ended the quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 23-1 at the end of the first quarter.
"We played pretty good the first quarter," Starkville Academy girls' coach Glenn Schmidt said. "In the whole game, everybody that played, I feel like played hard. We are playing our game in the flow of our game."
Schmidt was happy to see her team take over very early in the game. She was afraid her team was going to play a little sloppy due to playing the night before.
"We had a really good game in here (Friday) night," Schmidt said. "(We) had a good offensive night and defensive night, and I was a little worried we would come out flat. And then knowing what I knew about that team, that their point guard was injured and that they had lost a couple of kids lately. I was afraid we would see that and not play hard."
The Lady Vols limited the Lady Raiders to only 17.9 percent shooting from the field (5-for-28).
"We played a lot of zone tonight," Schmidt said. "We don't normally play that, but we played a lot of zone. We need to work on it. For obvious reasons, we played a zone."
Nora Kathryn Carroll opened up the game for SA scoring the first eight points and Schmidt likes for her to take the first shot of a game.
"Nora likes to take the first shot of the game because she usually gets it first," Schmidt said. "The way we play our transition game, the defensive end to the offensive end, it usually goes in her hands first if she is not guarded. She is probably going to take the first shot of the game and I like it when she hits it."
SA got 25 points from its bench. Schmidt was glad to see players coming in and contributing big.
"I thought (Maridee) Higginbotham came off the bench and played well," Schmidt said. "Lauren Temple came in and blocked a ton of shots.
"I just thought we looked good. Sometimes you play differently based on who you're playing and I thought we stayed in our game well. As a coach when you get to play everybody and everybody has success, it is a good feeling because everybody works hard and deserves to play."
The Lady Vols were led by Carroll and Anna Lee Little with 12 points each. They improved their record to 18-3 for the year. The Vols and Lady Vols will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Columbus to take on Heritage Academy.View more articles in: