Offensive struggles lead to loss
MARION CENTER — The Punxsy girls' basketball team scored just seven first-half points and turned the ball over 23 times during a 54-23 loss to Marion Center Friday night during the Marion Center Tip-off Tournament.
The Lady Chucks (0-1) return to the court at 2:30 p.m. today when they take on Central Martinsburg in the tournament's consolation game. The championship game — between Marion Center and Westmont Hilltop — will follow at 4:30 p.m.
Punxsy — which lost three starters from last season, with only seniors Shawnna Crago and Jenna Reitz returning — struggled on the offensive end, whether it turned the ball over or missed its shots.
"We played a very experienced team tonight. It really showed our inexperience," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "We had a lot of turnovers, and Marion Center has a lot of good athletes and made us rush our shots. We just couldn't convert."
Junior Alex Magill led Punxsy with 10 points, nailing a pair of three pointers. Freshman Taylor Newcome came off the bench to score five points.
Crago added four points and 15 rebounds, and Reitz hit a three for three points.
Leading the Lady Stingers were Amy Fairman with 11 points and Bridget McClure with nine points.
"We need to work on all facets of the game," coach Reitz said. "Our defense wasn't as bad as our offense, but it needs work, too."
Westmont Hilltop took care of Central Martinsburg in the first game of the tournament. Central Martinsburg will have the height advantage over Punxsy.
"They're big," Reitz said. "I feel they'll play us with a zone, so we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and moving into the open spots."
Prior to the start of the season, Reitz expected offense to be a struggle for Punxsy early on, considering it lost its No. 1 scorer from last season.
After winning its season-opener last year, Punxsy hopes to bounce back today in order to avoid an 0-2 start.
"Hopefully, we can build off it (the loss) and learn from it and get better," Reitz said. "As far as the loss, we have to move on and correct the things we did wrong."