Lady Warriors bashed by Boone

By Jeff Birchfield

   It started out bad and got progressively worse for Happy Valley's Lady Warriors in a 72-24 bashing handed out by Daniel Boone Friday night at Bayless Gym.
   "We just have to put this game behind us," said HV head coach Ben Godsey. "Obviously, we're disappointed with tonight, but we have to keep our heads up and be positive.
   By the end of one quarter, Boone had built a 21-6 lead. At the half it had swelled to 40-9 thanks in part to six made attempts behind the three-point line. The Lady Blazers scorched the nets with 10 treys in the ballgame.
   "This was one of our better games," said Boone head coach Tim Campbell. "We shot it good and when we shoot it good, it's like tonight. We had four players right at double figures and that is huge.
   "We've got great depth, but it's kind of rare to have all 13 kids play well. We put in a new system and it all came together tonight."
   The defense also clamped down on the Lady Warriors holding them to only 2 field goals, one each by Brandi Morgan and Kandra Roberts, the entire first half. The third quarter offered a repeat of the first two with HV offering little in the way of offense.
   Whitney Crowe, Amy Clark and Leanna Howell all had buckets and free throws in the final eight minutes to make things more respectable for the Squaws.
   Overall, the Lady Warriors found themselves in a quandary with Boone controlling both the boards and action on the inside, in addition to burning it up from three-point land.
   "We're not getting any points inside," lamented Godsey. "The offense we're trying to run is to get the ball inside. We haven't had anyone who has decided to step up and score for us. Kandra Roberts is the only person that we're getting points from. We have to utilize her and wait for somebody else to step up and score for us."
   If there was a bright spot for Happy Valley, it was Roberts, who paced the team with nine points and five rebounds. She showed gritty determination until the final buzzer coming up with a steal and lay-up when it was clear this game was well out of hand.
   "We're a better team, we just can't get it together right now," said the senior guard. "If we play like we have these first few games, it's going to take a while to get things together. Eventually, I think we will come together as a team and play good. We played very good at camp.
   "We're going to play strong. We might be down a little bit, but, we will come together."
   Guards Alicia Dick and Kortney Goulds also gave good efforts in scrapping for rebounds and loose balls.
   Boone had plenty to celebrate including the play of Teddy Frazier. Frazier was the culprit in four of those shots behind the three-point line to lead the Lady Blazers with 16 points. Jessica Bacon served up nine points and five boards, while Jamie Perry added eight points and six boards. Allison Langrel was also a terror on the inside, grabbing eight rebounds for DBHS. As a team, Boone grabbed 14 more boards than the Lady Warriors.
   "We do the Superwoman rebounding drills," Campbell gave as a reason for his team's dominance of the glass. "Two of the kids take it as them being Superwoman themselves. They really go out there hard and it's kind of been like a disease where everybody has caught onto it. If you go to the boards, you get rebounds. This team has caught onto that."
   Happy Valley, who lost to Triple-A powers Science Hill and Sullivan South prior to this game, hope to end their three-game skid against the Lady Cyclones of Elizabethton on Tuesday night in their Watauga Conference opener.
   "We're looking forward to the conference schedule next week with Elizabethton and Hampton," said Godsey. "We're going to try to come out and get a win over Elizabethton. That's what our goal is right now."