In the first half of their game against the Wabash on Friday, the Madison-Grant Argylls stuck right with the Apaches, playing great defense and allowing just 17 points.
However, in the second half, the Apaches pulled away, outscoring the Argylls 35-12 in the final two quarters to hand Madison-Grant a 52-29 loss.
“I thought we played one of our better halves of basketball in the first half Friday night,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brandon Bradley said. “We were beating their press and getting into offense, but we still missed some easy shots and free throws, and with our offensive limitations, we can’t afford to do that.
Madison-Grant shot just four-for-23 after halftime and turned the ball over 18 times. For the contest, the Argylls were just 10-of-43 (23.3 percent) from the field.
“In the second half, they intensified their pressure a bit and trapped harder, but we also got sloppy with the basketball,” Bradley said. “Everyone deals with attrition through the season, so we aren’t going to use illnesses or injuries as excuses, but we did have a couple of starters who were battling head colds, and a couple of others battling recurring injuries/soreness from the Oak Hill. Like I said, not an excuse, but it did affect those players, and it affected our rotations/lineups.”
After starting the season 2-0, the Argylls have dropped their last four games. Even so, Bradley is pleased with the direction his young team is heading.
“At this point we are just going to keep working on developing a culture,” Bradley said. “We have good kids who work hard in practice and in games, but we need to turn that corner at some point and compete to win not just to be better than last year, play with a sense of urgency and not just play hard, and start believing we are capable of being successful and not shy away from success.”
Azmae Turner and Blayklee Stitt each scored seven points for Madison-Grant, while Gracey Fox collected five points and seven rebounds off the bench.