Missy Bilderback may have left the PCS girls basketball program, but new head coach Matthew Lofton seemed to have the Lady Bobcats on the right track as they blasted Lamar Christian, 62-37, Thursday night in Purvis.
Ten Lady Bobcat players scored at least a field goal in the game. Led by Allyn Tice and Shaye Sullivan, who each finished with eight points, the Lady Bobcats got the first points of the game and rushed out to a 17-6 lead.
PCS (3-2) suffocated the Lady Lions in its full court press. Several untimely turnovers also crippled Lamar Christian (1-3) in the first half. The Lady Lions continued to fight as Laura Chatham and Rachel Engle put up four points apiece in the first half, but at halftime, the Lady Lions trailed 27-16.
Coming out of halftime, it was more of the same as PCS continued to hit shot after shot and forced more Lady Lion turnovers. One of the biggest factors in the game was PCS’ depth, as several starters were able to rest due in part to terrific bench play by the Lady Bobcats.
Still, the Lady Lions showed heart and finished the game strong, but in the end it was not enough as they dropped their third game of the season. Lack of depth and insufficient rebounding hurt the Lady Lions as they could not claw out of an early hole.
Both teams have dropped some tough losses so far, especially PCS, who dropped close games against Picayune (39-33) and Pass Christian, (35-29). The win could not have come at a better time for the Lady Bobcats.
“We’ve had two really close losses to some good basketball teams,” Lofton said. “And our seniors just got in the locker room and said, ‘Hey, let’s focus on one possession at a time, let’s just focus on everything we have,’ and I think you saw that tonight.”
After getting a big win over Sacred Heart, Lamar Christian and coach George Coll will have to go back to the drawing board and fix some key errors, one of them being rebounding the basketball.
“We go after the ball, but we don’t block out,” Coll said. “You can go after the ball against some teams and control the boards, but when you play a good, fundamentally sound team, you have to get a body on somebody. It’s something we’re working on, but we’re not quite there yet.”