COSHOCTON – Despite making three more field goals than Claymont and holding a 6-point third quarter lead, the Coshocton girls basketball team lost to Claymont 26-21 Saturday afternoon.
The difference: Free throws.
Coshocton went 0-3 from the line, while Claymont went 11-22. Six of Claymont’s 11 came in the fourth quarter.
“There is no reason with the post kids we have and the way we are getting it into the post that we should only shoot three foul shots. We should be shooting more than three foul shots,” coach Paul Bowman said.
Entering the fourth quarter, Coshocton held a 19-15 lead, but were outscored 11-2 in the 8-minute period. A scoring margin, Bowman said shouldn’t be the case.
“We aren’t that bad of a basketball team that we should be scoring two points in a quarter,” he said. “I don’t care if we are playing one of the best teams in the league. We have enough kids who can shoot it and handle it to score more than two points.”
The Redskins offense went dry in the fourth, but in the third quarter, it looked as if the Redskins had figured out how to score on Claymont. A quick 5-0 run began with a Cassidy Cantrell 3-pointer and ended by a Madison Jackson score. But, even when they weren’t scoring, the ball was moving better than it did earlier in the game.
“When we moved it we couldn’t ask to do any better than we did,” Bowman said.
But things changed in the fourth. The ball was being moved, but too slow to rotate the Claymont defense.
“I don’t think any of our kids looked to score the basketball today,” Bowman said.
The stagnant offense is surprising for a team that scored 49 points or more in their first two games, which they won.
“I don’t think we are moving the basketball and getting as good of shots we were getting against those first two teams,” Bowman said.
It boils down to effort he added.
“We have to practice and play with more effort. Not saying Claymont is a bad team, but I think we are a better basketball team than Claymont. Are we a great team? No. But we have the skill kids where we are better than they are,” he said.
Coshocton will travel to John Glenn and look to get back to its winning ways.
“We have to practice harder and start playing harder. We need to stop being comfortable with where we are, because this is not where we want to be we don’t want to be 2-2 right now. We want to be 4-0,” Bowman said. “We can’t go back and play those games again, but we are not going in the right direction.”
Claymont 2-4-9-11 — 26
Coshocton 6-6-7-2 — 21
Claymont: 7-31 FG, 11-22 FT, 1-12 3pt. (Harman 1) 22 rebounds (Turner 6), 11 turnovers, Steals 6 (Turner 2). Scoring: Barber 2 6-8 10, Harman 1 3-6 6, Zurcher 2 0-3 4, Herron 1 1-2 3, Fisher 1 1-2 3
Coshocton: 35-10 FG, 0-3 FT, 1-4 3pt. (Cantrell 1) 26 rebounds (Jackson 8), 18 turnovers, 5 Assists (Zimomra 2), Steals 4 (Jackson, Livingston, Woods, Haley 1). Scoring: Zimomra 3 0-0 6, Jackson 3 0-3 6, Woods 2 0-0 4, Cantrell 1 0-0 3, Haley 1 0-0 2