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Teams struggling to scorePosted Thursday, January 20, 2011, at 2:45 PM
Although the old adage about sports is "defense wins championships," you still have to be able to outscore your opponents to win.
There wasn't a lot of offense from area girls basketball teams in recent games. But when more than half the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference is averaging less than 38 points per game, including White River Valley (26.1 points per game), Union (Dugger) (35.5) and Shakamak (37.1), I guess that is not a surprise.
Only six area players -- Bloomfield's Alley Gilliland (14.5 ppg) and Brittney Combs, Linton-Stockton's Savannah Mason (13.5), Shakamak guard Jade Gambill (11.8), Eastern Greene's Brittany Igel (11.7) and Sam Reed (10.5) -- are averaging in double figures.
Bloomfield and Eastern Greene are the only area girls squads to have two players average double digits. As a result or by coincidence, Bloomfield is 10-5 and Eastern Greene is 10-6. I bet that Carmela Roeschlein and Brielle Drelick both score in double figures for a 12-6 Clay City team that leads the SWIAC standings at 7-0.
Union (Dugger) is led in scoring by Cheyenne Goodman, Shayna Nicol and Morgan Stanifer, all who average between 8.9 and 9.5 points per game.
Marisa Miller paces WRV at 6.8 points per game, with a season-high of 15.
Taylor Resler and Maddy Dyer also have scored in double figures at least once this season.
Shakamak coach Troy Fougerousse has been talking lately about needing to have players other than Gambill step up and score consistently.
Gambill scored 14 and Kelsey Pilant, who averages 8.8, added 13 in a 39-30 victory at home over Washington Catholic Tuesday night.
In a 52-23 loss to South Knox Tuesday, Alexa Pearson led the Lady Wolverines with nine.
Shakamak only managed 23 points in a 40-point loss to Tecumseh, 11-3 and ranked No. 9 in Class A, Saturday. Gambill scored all but seven of the points amassed by the Lady Lakers.
WRV lost to Mitchell 46-25 Saturday at Switz City. Dyer had a season-high 12 in the loss.
The Lady Miners only scored 37, but beat Washington Catholic by 12 Saturday.
Union (Dugger) also needed just 37 points to beat Palestine-Hutsonville, Ill. by eight points at home Tuesday. Stanifer was the lone Lady Bulldog in twin digits with 11, although Nicol had nine and 15 rebounds.
Stanifer had 19 and Goodman 16 as the Lady Bulldogs won 51-36 at Oblong, Ill.
Even Eastern Greene, who scores over 50 on average to lead the SWIAC, came up with just 34 in a 28-point setback at Class 4A Martinsville Saturday. Alexis Ray, who was sick before the game, led with 13 points. Igel and Reed only combined for nine. Igel had scored a career-high 28 against North Knox on Jan. 8.
The Shakamak boys only managed 40 in a loss at Marshall, Ill. Saturday. The Linton-Stockton boys scored 34 in a 38-point loss at Eastern Greene Tuesday. They had more turnovers (29) than field goals attempts (28).
So what do all of these numbers mean?
According to basketball stat guru John Harrell, girls basketball scoring has dropped by eight points per game over the last 10 seasons -- four by the winning team and four by the losing team.
Could it be because of more sophisticated defenses or could it be because of poor free throw shooting or could it be because of too much emphasis on the 3-point shooting, which brings field goal percentages downs?
A friend of mine said it could be because of poor officiating, but those guys get blamed for enough already.
As Gene Hackman, playing the role of coach Norman Dale, said in the movie Hoosiers, the baskets are still 10 feet tall and the free throw line is still 15 feet from the hoop, just like our gym back at Hickory.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12.
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