In what has become the theme for the Eastbrook Panthers’ 2019-2020 campaign, their offense struggled to score, and that, combined with a strong performance from Adam Central’s Carly Holley, led to Eastbrook’s 10th defeat – a 39-28 loss to the Flying Jets last Tuesday night.
Eastbrook struggled to get shots up in the opening two quarters, and when they did, they failed to knock them down as the Flying Jets took an 18-14 lead.
“We got shots, really good shots [in the first half,]” Eastbrook Head Coach Jeff Liddick said. “But only hit 29 percent of them. In the second half, it was kind of the same deal. We ended up shooting 32 percent for the game.”
While the Panthers shot marginally better after halftime, they were unable to overcome their deficit, and a lot of that had to do with Holley. The Adams Central star scored a game-high 18 points and outplayed the Panthers on the boards.
“Holley dominated the offensive glass,” Liddick said. “We couldn’t keep her off the offensive glass. She got numerous second-chance opportunities where she was putting them back in, or we were fouling her and putting her on the free throw line. That was the difference in the game – not being able to contain her. She ended up with 13 rebounds, and eight of those were offensive.”
While Eastbrook’s offensive woes continue to be a major issue, Liddick and his coaching staff plan to work tirelessly to help the team find their way out of this collective shooting slump.
“We will continue to work,” Liddick said. “I watch these girls hit shot after shot in practice, and I don’t know why it isn’t transferring over to a game situation. The way I see them shoot in practice is nice and controlled, [but] it totally changes once they get in the game. They look so uptight and so tense. We will continue to work on that shooting like we have been.”