Recently, Silex Lady Owls played Fort Zummwalt North on the road and lost 38-31.
“We played the best game we have defensively all season,” said Coach Ryan Flanagan. We got up and pressured the basketball in the full court and were able to create 20 turnovers which lead to easy transition buckets.”
Brittany Howard lead the team with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and five steals. She was accompanied by Anna Hopkins who had a great game defensively creating six turnovers and getting many more deflections.
“Defensively we have become better at anticipating passes and going to get them and that was demonstrated against Fort Zummwalt North,” said Flanagan.
In another game, Silex also played North Callaway and lost 49-34.
“We had cut their lead to 11 with 1:30 left in the game and we were forced to foul and take our chances with them at the free throw line,” said Flanagan. “Again I thought we made improvements in this game. North Callaway did not struggle in our press and it turned into a half court game the rest of the way. In the half court I thought we did a good job anticipating passes defensively to get deflections. In this game it didn’t result in a bunch of turnovers but it did take them out of their rhythm.”
Michele Norton lead the team with 10 points and four steals. “She was very active on defense and worked extremely hard to create turnovers,” added Flanagan. Anna Hopkins attributed seven points and four steals. “Her defensive effort is has vastly improved over the last three weeks of the season which has lead to her getting more steals,” said Flanagan.
On Feb. 18, they played Clopton on the road and lost 64-34.
“Clopton is a very good opponent with a lot of ability and a coach that understands the game and the importance of fundamentals,” said Flanagan. “I really thought we played hard the entire game and had them a little nervous early. We played hard defensively made some good decisions with the basketball which lead to us getting layups or the free throw line. With that being said, we made a lot of fundamental mistakes. Such as not dribbling with our heads up, grabbing loose balls, crashing the offensive boards, ripping the basketball, squaring to the basket, and using the glass. From my perspective, if we would of done the fundamental things which we work on in practice this game would have been much closer. However, attention to detail, particularly when it comes to our fundamentals, is what separates us from Clopton. If we will focus on those fundamental aspects of our game I expect to give Clopton a run for their money in districts,”
Brandi Peasel played her best game of the season last night scoring ten points. “Her shot is really starting to come along and confidence is a big factor in her success. If she remains confident she could be a big contributor in a late season run,” said Flanagan.
The Lady Owls were seeded sixth in the district at Clopton. They will play third-seed South Shelby at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24.