They started slow and couldn’t shake the sluggishness, and those are two bad ingredients for any team in the midst of a playoff game.
The Lady Lions (6-17) were unable to get any rhythm on offense in their Conference 23 playoff opener versus visiting Handley High School, falling to the Judges 24-43.
“The snow days have definitely taken away from our chemistry,” Louisa head coach Jarred Soles said. “That’s no excuse, because most of the teams we’ve played went through snow days too, so we’ve got to fix that going into next year.”
It wasn’t pretty from the opening tip for Louisa. The Lady Lions didn’t score until the 2:35 mark of the first quarter, and guard Anna Grace Agee’s running floater in the lane with a minute left in the opening quarter was the team’s only field goal of the period.
At halftime, the Lions trailed 9-22, and their hopes for a comeback were quickly trampled by sloppy passes and defense that just wasn’t tough enough. Judges guard Alyssandra Worrell scored nine of her game-high 23 points in the third quarter, and did it in impressive fashion. In four straight possessions, she scored in four different ways – on an and-1, a 10-foot jumper, a layup, and two free throws.
There were some bright spots for Louisa. Agee, who is just a freshman and was pulled up from the junior varsity team for the game, had a productive outing, scoring a team-high six points and making a few flashy – and unexpected – no look passes, perhaps giving the Louisa faithful a glimpse of things to come.
“She played good,” Soles said. “I feel like all of the junior varsity players that have come up have held their own.”
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 20 edition of The Central Virginian.