Losing by 9 points, the final score of 43-32 doesn’t tell the whole story of the Lady Warriors’ game against Elyria Christian School Friday at Peabody.
“It was a two-point game for a while,” coach Travis Schafer said. “We rebound well and played with confidence offensively. Our post players were taking it to the hole and everyone stepped it up.”
Schafer said the Warriors also passed the ball well, which opened up shots throughout the game.
In the first quarter, Elyria Christian outscored Peabody-Burns 9-6, and at halftime the Warriors trailed 21-19.
Scoring was even in the third quarter.
“They threw the halfcourt trap at us all game and we handled it well except for a couple key possessions in the fourth quarter where we turned the ball over several times in a row,” he said.
The Lady Warriors also failed to move their feet quick enough a few times in the fourth quarter, which resulted in fouls and put them into foul trouble.
It was a blow to the team when Christa Elliot fouled out, Schafer said, because she is team captain and a leader on the court.
Anna Lubbers led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 7 points, followed by Cheyene Shaw and Rylie McDowell both with 6 points.
Schafer said McDowell and Katie Benson led the team in rebounding, but Schafer could not recall the numbers.
“I’m very proud of the way we competed,” he said. “We are starting to gain confidence as a team.”
The Lady Warriors defeated Little River 39-27 Tuesday in Peabody.
In the first quarter, Peabody-Burns lead 7-6 and by the end of the second quarter the Lady Warriors had augmented their lead by seven points 19-12.
With two 3-pointers from Elliot in the third quarter, the Lady Warriors more than doubled their lead 34-16.
In the fourth quarter, little River pushed back, scoring 11 points but PBHS had already sealed the deal and the win.
“We did a great job all around -- everybody contributed,” Schafer said. “We did a nice job defensivel, jumping passing lanes and turned them over.”
“Katy Benson sparked the offense by turning her great defense into offensive points for us,” Schafer said. “Rylie McDowell did a great job rebounding and led the team in points.”
McDowell had 13 points, followed by Elliot with 12 points, and Benson with 10 points.