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Turnovers, poor free-throw shooting doom Lady Governors

posted Dec 20, 2016, 12:01 PM by Kathy Hughes   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 12:01 PM ]
Courtesy of Nelson County Times

The Lady Governors couldn’t quite finish things out late in each of their games last week, suffering losses to Rappahannock County and Dan River on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

During the 51-45 loss to Rappahannock, the Lady Governors played well, going into the fourth quarter tied at 36. But with about three minutes to go, coach Dee Shaver said her team was gassed.

Kalin McGarry led the Lady Governors with 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting. She made 4 of her 8 free-throw attempts. Tristin Lucas added eight points and six rebounds.

During the 34-27 loss Friday against Dan River, Shaver said she made “a more concerted effort of rotating and keeping kids fresh,” but turnovers and poor free-throw shooting doomed her team.

The Lady Governors finished with 35 turnovers and left nine points at the line, hitting only 3 of 14 free throws.

“I just think we just have to turn that corner,” Shaver said. “It’s coming down to turnovers and free throws every night.”

Nelson eventually solved the Wildcats’ constant full-court press, getting it past half court without too much trouble, but the Lady Governors looked frantic transitioning into their offense. Passes got sloppy, and they stopped attacking the basket.

Dan River’s Aliyah Fitz had 19 points, including three 3-pointers to lead all scorers.

Going forward, in addition to fixing things on the offensive end, Shaver said she and her team will continue working on upping the pressure and switching up defensive looks between the 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense.

“We’re still continuing to learn about each other and grow together,” Shaver said. “… I still think we’re perfectly fine. We’re 1-3, so that’s alright. It’s still very early in the season, and there’s still room to grow. I just think they have to believe in themselves. We were [telling them], ‘Don’t be content with just being close in the game.’ The ability is out there to win, it’s just making it happen on the scoreboard.”