“A few mental breakdowns in the third quarter were the difference in the game,” NHS coach Nichole Copeland said. “One of the threes came on a missed block out on a free throw, and on the other, we lost her in transition.”
Despite the loss, the game represented progress for an NHS squad that was playing with an ailing Bethany Cox who missed Tuesday’s loss to Westmoore with the flu. In that contest the Tigers played “on an island,” as Copeland put it, and didn’t play as a team, an issue that manifested itself in the form of missed defensive rotations and missed passing opportunities on offense.
On Friday, the Tigers played as a cohesive unit, demonstrated by the fact that 12 of the Tigers’ first 19 points came off of assists, something that Copeland characterized as a step forward.
“I was proud of their effort tonight,” she said. “They looked to share the ball and they sold out to the game plan. It’s a step in the right direction.”
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