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Lady Hatchets bury Bloomfield

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bloomfield's Emily Bucher (left) looks for a Lady Cardinal teammate while facing a host of Washington defenders in a high school girls basketball game Tuesday night at Glover Gymnasium. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
BLOOMFIELD -- Bloomfield girls basketball coach Chris Hitchcock summed up his team's performance in a 62-21 loss at Glover Gymnasium to visiting Washington in one statement -- lack of inspiration.

"Nothing's going to change," he said. "We're very young in a lot of ways but if we don't find a way to find motivation and find a desire to play, we're going to see the same result."

That lack of motivation the coach saw led to a whole lot of negatives. His Lady Cardinals were almost non-existent offensively shooting just 17 percent (8-for-45) from the field while getting out rebounded 37 to 23 and giving up a game-high 23 points to Washington junior Ally Hunsinger.

Alicia Hasler (12) of Bloomfield takes the basketball to the basket Tuesday night in a high school girls basketball game against Washington at Glover Gymnasium. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
She also hauled in a game-high seven rebounds while dropping 8 of 13 shots from the field.

Hunsinger was joined in double-digits by fellow junior Audra Stallman who finished with 12 points and four rebounds.

Meanwhile Bloomfield countered with points from only six sources. The best of which were the nine points put up by senior Elena Weddle who connected on 3 of 11 shots from the field and was 3 for 4 from the charity stripe.

To make matters worse, if they could have been, the Lady Cardinals coughed up the ball 19 times and were victimized for 15 steals by the Lady Hatchets.

"The X's and O's aside," Hitchcock said. "It's hustle, it's energy, it's sprinting, it's want-to and it's not there."

But he didn't just lay blame on his squad for their lackluster showing.

"It starts with me, that's my fault," he said. "I've got to get the kids to buy into what we're doing and that's not happening right now.

"So I take full responsibility for that. I want to get it better, but they've got to want to also."

Buried among all the gloom in the final result, Hitchcock credited freshman Emily Bucher for night. She finished with two points and just two rebounds, but Hitchcock pointed out that she gave a positive result in other ways.

"I liked how she went out and rebounded," he said. "She tried and gave it a lot of effort -- it's just not clicking for her right now.

"So I see growth from her big time."

Early in the game the Lady Cardinals appeared to be ready to challenge at least early. But they were hampered by poor shooting and the Lady Hatchets' ability to quickly take advantage of the Bloomfield miscues and build a double-digit lead.

"Early in the game I thought we got some good looks that didn't necessarily fall," he noted. "Once the score got away we sulked a little bit.

"To start the lead we cut it to eight, we cut it to 10. So there were some runs early, those were the positives I saw."

Washington (9-5) extended a 16-6 first quarter lead to 31-12 at the half and 50-15 after three quarters, all the time increasing the lead to it's final margin.

"If we are struggling, we can't get out hustled," Hitchcock said. "I can walk out of the gym and live with getting beat and not being able to knock down shots or executing plays.

"But when you just get beat up and down the floor and on the boards it's very frustrating."

Bloomfield, who fell to 4-10 on the year, returns to action Thursday when they host Clay City in a conference game.

The junior varsity contest went to Washington by a 31-27 tally. Meaghan Bond and Averi Workman led BHS with six points each while Madison Toon added five, Kylee Moody four and Marisa McIntosh, Shelby Patton and Mariah Long added two each.

WASHINGTON (62) -- Audra Stallman 5-7 2-4 12, Ally Hunsinger 8-13 7-9 23, Hannah Mason 3-7 0-0 6, Audra Lane 1-4 0-0 3, Lupe Perez 4-6 0-0 8, Emily Mahan 0-0 0-2 0, Izzy Waggoner 1-1 0-0 2, Shawna Webb 0-0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Jones 2-3 0-0 4, Jenna Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Kristen Lundy 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-46 9-15 62.

BLOOMFIELD (21) -- Elena Weddle 3-11 3-4 9, Cheyenne Wikle 1-2 0-0 2, Emily Bucher 1-6 0-0 2, Alicia Hasler 1-14 2-2 4, Kristin Hall 1-3 0-0 2, Averi Workman 0-1 0-0 0, Shelby Patton 0-0 0-0 0, Marisa McIntosh 0-4 0-0 0, Meaghan Bond 0-0 0-0 0, Kylee Moody 0-0 0-0 0, Kari Schulte 1-2 0-0 2, Madison Toon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 8-45 5-6 21.

Washington 16 15 19 12 -- 62

Bloomfield 6 6 3 6 -- 21

3-point shooting -- Washington 1-7 (Lane 1-2, Hunsinger 0-3, Mason 0-2), Bloomfield 0-13 (Workman 0-1, Hasler 0-6, Weddle 0-1, Hall 0-1, McIntosh 0-3, Bucher 0-1). Rebounds -- Washington 37 (Hunsinger 7), Bloomfield 23 (Weddle 3, Schulte 3, Toon 3). Steals -- Washington 15 (Perez 6), Bloomfield 8 (Hasler 3). Blocks -- Washington 2 (Lundy, Stallman), Bloomfield 2 (Toon 2). Turnovers -- Washington 15, Bloomfield 19. Total fouls -- Washington 7, Bloomfield 11. Fouled out -- Bucher. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Washington 31, Bloomfield 27.

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I truly enjoyed reading this article. The reason is that the coach took some of the responsibility for the team's outcome. You don;t see this happen to often. Way to go coach

-- Posted by phockman on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:49 AM

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