Lady Rustlers go winless over opening weekend
Posted By Carl Carter
Lloydminister Meridian Booster
October 15th, 2008
The Lady Rustlers basketball team opened their season with two home games against the Grande Prairie Wolves this past weekend, but turnovers left the Lakeland ladies winless to start the season.
In the first game Friday night, coach Chris King thought the Rustlers really controlled the tempo and played their game, but still came out on the short end of the scoreboard, 53-52.
"I don't think we penetrated well, but that being said we played a bad game and we had the chance to win it at the end," said King. The Rustlers were led by Elizabeth Lowry, who played well in her first regular season start with the team, and finished with 16 points. Brittany Partington also played well off the bench with 13 points, but also had five of her team's 25 turnovers on Friday.
Turnovers would prove to be an even bigger factor for Saturday's rematch. The Rustlers did almost everything right, and dominated in most statistical categories – finishing with 43 rebounds, and shooting over 40 per cent from the floor – but turnovers were again the nail in the coffin for the Rustlers, as they turned the ball over 40 times and the Wolves came up with 21 steals in the match, as the Rustlers finished their weekend with another loss, 71-61. Lowry also wasn't able to put together the same performance she did the night before, finishing with five points and eight turnovers.
"Turnovers were a huge deal, if you can't get the ball up the court you can't score," said Michelle Huber, who was the Rustlers player of the game Saturday, with 22 points and nine rebounds. "We have a lot of younger girls bringing the ball up, being our point guards so of course there's going to be a few mistakes but it's to be expected."
King expects those mistakes will clear up as they get more game time, but altogether he wasn't to displeased with the effort the team put in, as they still kept the games very close even with the turnovers.
"It is the beginning of the season and that is a perennial playoff team, and I think it is a good lesson for some of our girls that are young in the league," said King. "(They) kind of had an awakening to (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) basketball ... I would expect more from them as the year goes on and their confidence comes up."