Ladies Come Up Short Against Lufkin 59-35

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles hosted the Lufkin Lady Panthers Friday night and gave their best effort but came up short, 59-35.

The final score does not tell the full story as Oak Ridge continues to give maximum effort fighting every second of the way. This effort was paying dividends early as the girls were down just 12-10 after one quarter of play. At the half, Oak Ridge was still in the game against this very athletic Lady Panther contingent, 25-20.

However, as is their downfall, Oak Ridge turnovers allowed Lufkin to capitalize as they were able to create some separation and were ahead 36-24 after three quarters of play. The Lady War Eagles were able to score just four points in the third stanza.

In getting it back together in the 4th quarter, Oak Ridge played Lufkin about even the rest of the way but could not overcome the 3rd quarter debacle.

Celeste Rypien and Brandi Lawson led Oak Ridge with six points each. Dani Scibek tallied five to go along with three steals. Kali Bass contributed five points and five boards.

Coach Molly Gibson showed her emotions after the game, “I think the most important thing that comes to mind is that I want so much for the hard work that my kids show day in and day out, and the heart that they give every single game, to produce wins for them. I couldn’t be prouder as a coach even through the losses. We will continue to work on our weaknesses and work toward getting some wins in the second round of district.”

In order for Oak Ridge to beat the upper echelon teams in the district such as Atascocita, The Woodlands, College Park and Lufkin they will need to cut their turnovers in half. The big difference in the Lufkin game was all about Oak Ridge’s 29 turnovers to Lufkin’s 5. That’s 24 to the bad and a potential 48 points lost. You don’t win games by giving them away.

Worthy of Note: The first half of this game was quite physical and tempers were flaring as evidenced by a double technical late in the 2nd quarter. To Coach Gibson’s and Coach Winfred’s credit, there were no incidents in the 2nd half. No doubt the halftime speeches had something to do with that.

With three minutes to play in the game, the girls started showing some wear and tear as their intensity was slacking off just a little. Have no fear as Tatiana Jackson’s mom let them hear all about it and it was right back to going all out the rest of the way. The game ended with Christian Beeman successfully fighting for a rebound. The coaches do their best to get the girls to play with everything they’ve got. When they slack off just a little, expect the parents to have the coaches backs.

The Lady War Eagles (1-5 District) are at Kingwood on the 21st.

STATS:

January 14, 2011 (7:20 PM)
League Game at the Eagles Nest

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Lufkin 12 23 11 13 59
Oak Ridge Girls Basketball 10 10 4 11 35
Team Stats Lufkin Oak Ridge Girls Basketball
Points 59 35
Field goals 23-52 (44.2%) 12-38 (31.6%)
3 point field goals 1-3 (33.3%) 2-8 (25.0%)
Free throws 12-18 (66.7%) 9-12 (75.0%)
Rebounds (Total-Off.) 11-4 17-6
Assists 4 6
Turnovers 5 29
Steals 9 12
Total fouls 17 20
Points in the paint 30 14
Bench points 7 11

Lufkin (* denotes starter)

Player MIN REB AST STL BLK TO F PTS
* #11 #11 . 32 0 2 2 2 1 2 19
* #25 #25 . 28 2 1 0 0 0 4 16
* #5 #5 . 28 1 0 2 0 1 1 14
#22 #22 . 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 7
* #10 #10 . 30 5 1 2 2 1 1 3
#24 #24 . 12 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
#23 #23 . 19 1 0 2 0 2 5 0
#15 #15 . 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
#12 #12 . 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 11 4 9 4 5 17 59

Oak Ridge Girls Basketball (* denotes starter)

Player MIN REB AST STL BLK TO F PTS
#15 RYPIEN, C. 19 1 0 2 1 4 2 6
#1 LAWSON, B. 24 0 1 0 0 3 2 6
#23 SCIBEK, D. 18 1 0 3 0 6 2 5
#20 BASS, K. 17 5 0 0 0 1 5 5
#33 JACKSON, T. 17 3 1 0 1 2 1 4
#4 SCHMIDT, N. 19 2 2 3 0 8 5 3
#24 MANNING, J. 12 0 0 1 0 2 0 2
#10 FRANCO, C. 14 2 1 3 1 0 1 2
#34 BEEMAN, C. 13 3 0 0 0 3 2 2
#12 BATTLE, L. 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 17 6 12 3 29 20 35
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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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