The Silex Lady Owls are seeking the right keys after losing a top player, Leah Miller, for the season due to injury
They lost the first game of the tournament to Mark Twain 56-36.
“We really struggled in the first half,” said Coach Ryan Flanagan. “Mark Twain’s length gave us a lot of problems because we got scoring opportunities inside and weren’t able to draw fouls or hit the shots we had. We failed by not being able to keep them off the offensive glass. We finally had some success in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 points. Our success could be attributed to finishing shots around the basket making their defense suck inside which opened up the perimeter for our shooters.”
Anna Hopkins led the team with 10 points, netting three, three point attempts.
Next Silex played Van-Far in the consolation side of the bracket and defeated them 40-25.
“We played much better in the second game of the tournament than we did in the first,” said Flanagan. “We limited Van-Far much of the night to only one shot and we got scoring opportunities inside which led us to the line where we went, 9-14. This was a stark contrast to our performance at the line against Mark Twain. Also, this was Marcie Norton’s first game back from a shoulder injury and she helped attribute to our dominance on the glass.”
Michele Norton led the team with 11 points and went five-six from the free throw line.
Silex faced Winfield in the consolation championship game. They had a lot of early success getting to the line and getting scoring opportunities inside. However they lost the game 42-47.
“Winfield was much improved from the first time we played them this year,” said Flanagan. “Their athleticism combined with their ability to shoot the three and make free throws was very difficult to keep up with. I feel like we left too many scoring opportunities on the floor, missing at least six scoring opportunities uncontested at point blank. At the end of the game, with two minuets remaining, when trailing by 13 my girls left it on the floor. We created three late turnovers which lead to scoring opportunities on the other end.”
This late surge was led by Brittany Howard. She ended the game with 16 points, leading the team. “Her heart is always on showcase every night we play, you can truly see how bad she hates losing,” said Flanagan.
Michele Norton also had 15 points.