Clear Fork deals Lady Tigers 41-point loss

JON KLEINKNECHT Inquirer Sports Editor

December 18, 2013

BELLVILLE — It was ugly from the beginning.

Galion struggled at both ends of the floor in a 63-22 defeat to host Clear Fork in a Tuesday night independent girls’ varsity basketball game.

The Lady Colts held the Lady Tigers to less than 10 points in every quarter and had leads of 18-3, 38-12 and 54-13 at the end of the first three periods, respectively. The foes played to a 9-9 draw in the last eight minutes.

“There is not much to say about getting beat by 41 points other than the fact the we did not come to play,” first-year Galion head coach Bryce Lehman stated. “We had a terrible shooting practice on Monday and it carried over to Tuesday night. Once again, ‘you play like you practice.’ Clear Fork is a good team, but we made them look like a Final Four team tonight.”

The Lady Orange-and-Blue were a poor 7-for-22 (32%) on 2-point shots and a horrid 2-for-16 on threes (13%). On foul shots, they were 4-for-8 (50%). They grabbed 19 rebounds and turned the ball over 27 times.

“We can not stand behind the 3-point arc and chuck up bombs,” Lehman noted. “Attempting only 22 two-points in 32 minutes of action will never win a game, along with turning the ball over 27 times. Also, scoring single digits in every quarter will get us nowhere in a hurry. We took a step backwards tonight.”

Scoring for Galion — which has a 1-5 record this season — were: Ramonda Dorsey, 11 points; Kayla LaForest, 6; Robin Barnes and Raven Crawford, 2 each; and M’Lynn Gwinner, 1.

Mattie Van Orman was the game’s leading scorer with 12 tallies for the winners.