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Lady Owls lose Miller for season, Owls register a pair of victories

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:50 am

The Silex Lady Owls are regrouping following the loss of Leah Miller to a knee injury.

Leah Miller sustained a knee injury and will be out for the rest of the season, a big loss for the Lady Owls.

Leah Miller sustained a knee injury and will be out for the rest of the season, a big loss for the Lady Owls.

“Following the Clopton Tournament, we learned that Leah Miller tore her ACL and MCL and will be out for the remainder of the season,” said Coach Ryan Flanagan. “In her absence, we have had to figure out what our identity is as a team. We are going to have to have other people step up and fill the hole left by Leah.”

They lost to Barat 49-38. Brittany Howard scored 12 points in the game all the while being in foul trouble.

“After the game the girls were a little down because we were up 25-19 at half,” said Flanagan. “We came out in the second half and the energy wasn’t anywhere near the level it was in the first half and that lead to our demise.”

They next played Van-Far at their Homecoming.

“We told the girls that we need to play hard and focus for four quarters and we came out and took care of business winning 53-36.”

Anna Hopkins lead the team with 15 points, three from three point land. Brittany Howard and Elly Boothe also contributed 13 and 10 points respectively.

“Against Van-Far we did a much better job passing the ball which lead to us shooting the ball extremely well from three, netting six three’s in total,” said Flanagan. “This game is a prime example of how we need to play the rest of the season. Brittany Howard has been our most consistent player since the injury to Leah and she is going to have to step up and become a more pivotal player for us if we wish to continue to be very competitive. Along with her we have to have others step up, in this game it was Anna Hopkins and Elly Boothe. However, contributions will be needed from the rest of the team as well.”

Also, in the Barat game, the depth took another hit when Marcie Norton suffered an injury to her shoulder and her status for the rest of the season is questionable.

“Overall I remain very positive because the girls show the desire to compete at a high level. We have the ability to compete with any team we play from here on out, but we will need our role players to step up and take on a bigger roles,” said Flanagan.

Meanwhile, the Owls played Orchard Farm and lead most of the first half. “We forgot to play the second half and they got hot late in the third and early in the fourth,” said Coach Chad Twellman.

Strunk lead them with 12 points followed by, Miller eight, Barnhart/Mudd six, Lasater/Mueller four and Huber three.

They beat Warrenton 59-55 in overtime. “We played well in the last three quarters except for turn overs late in the fourth,” Twellman added.

Leading scorers were Lasater and Huber 16 pts.each, Mudd 12, Strunk and Paulsmeyer six pts. each and Barnhart three.

They played at Van Far and held them to seven points in the second half. “Our defense was solid and Cody Mudd had another great night off the bench and seems to be getting better everyday,” said Twellman.

Mudd scored 13 and Huber chipped in 10 points to lead the offense.

They lost to Elsberry, committed 23 turnovers in game. “We didn’t have school and we forgot to show up to the game,” said Twellman. “We got off to a bad start and they buried us with pressure and finished their plays.”

Miller lead with 13 points.