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Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Fox Creek girls basketball team has struggled in its first 11 games, but is bringing consistent effort on the floor.
The Predators (1-10, 0-2 Region 4-A) fell to Silver Bluff 55-31 on Monday night. Head coach Richard Brady’s team fought to keep the contest close, but “lost focus in the early going.”
“We seem to lose focus and intensity for a little while (in games) and it gets away from us,” he said. “Then, once we refocus, we’re already behind the eight-ball.”
Two Predators put up nine points and brought the effort Brady is looking for from his team.
“Keiana (Green) had a good ball game, she’s always hustling, she’s a gamer and she works hard,” he said. “Dominique (Moore) did well rebounding and getting to the basket.”
While Fox Creek is showing good effort on the floor, there are some things Brady would like to see his team improve on, including the transition defense.
“We’ve got to improve our defense,” he said. “We need to get back better on defense. Tonight we got beat a dozen times. We’ve got to get back and stop the ball to get some of those fast-breaks stopped.”
Other improvements for Fox Creek could be made with a consistent practice facility, according to Brady.
“We’re getting good effort, but we’re making way too many mistakes,” the coach said. “We’re so young, without a gym to practice in on a regular basis, we can’t work on some of the minor things we need to work on. Some of the things we’re doing wrong is not their fault, it’s my fault for not getting it done. We’ve got some work to do, we’ve got a lot of young girls who get frustrated easily. We play hard, extremely hard, we just make way too many mistakes. A lot of it is my fault, I haven’t taught them to not make those mistakes.”
Fox Creek’s game with Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, which was scheduled for Tuesday night, has been rescheduled to Jan. 13. The next game for the Predators is scheduled for Friday at Ridge Spring-Monetta.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.