For the second straight game, the Mississinewa Indians suffered another lopsided loss, as the Northfield Norsemen used a big second quarter to pull away and ultimately secure a 74-48 victory.
A plethora of giveaways, combined with some misses on high-percentage looks, doomed the Indians from the start.
“Again, there were [too many] turnovers,” head coach Omega Tandy said. “We had 21 turnovers tonight, and we just didn’t execute in certain areas. We got a lot of shots, but we didn’t make those easy layups that we needed to make.”
The Indians trailed by only one point, 18-17, after one quarter of play, but the Norsemen outscored the Indians 18-7 in the second quarter to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Throughout the season, Tandy has stressed the importance of playing four good quarters in each and every game.
So far, the Indians have been inconsistent in that area, and that was the case once again on Thursday.
“We just have to put four quarters together,” Tandy said. “We put together two good quarters tonight, but the second and third quarter just weren’t good enough.”
Erika Foy and Ally Hewitt finished with 25 point and 12 points, respectively, but no other Indian scored more than three points.
“It’s a consistency issue,” Tandy said. “They are still learning the game and how to play it the way we want them to play. We had two players in double figures tonight in Erica Foy and Ally Hewitt, but we need other players to step up and put the ball in the basket. We’ve always said that we need five players in double figures for us to be successful. We didn’t have that again today.”
Going forward, Tandy just wants her team to play confident and determined basketball on a more consistent basis.
“Mentally, they really need to focus in on what their role is,” Tandy said. “As each of them becomes successful in their role, it will make our team successful. I like when we see glimpses of it, because it helps them to understand that what we are telling them is true. They can do it, and now, it’s going to be a matter of making that decision to be confident in what they do.”