HV girls watch game slip away in second half

By Travis Brown

STAR Staff

   MOSHEIM -- Despite an even first half of play, the Happy Valley Lady Warriors simply could not keep the momentum Wednesday night as they fell to the West Greene Lady Buffaloes 53-35.
   Warrior skipper Ben Godsey was a little disappointed in his troops, citing a general lack of concentration as the downfall.
   "We were not ready to play," said Godsey. "We played hard at times, but we were too up and down."
   The first quarter started off rough for the Warriors, as a slow start saw them trailing by six points after one quarter of play. With both teams playing sloppy, the Warriors stepped it up a notch in the second quarter.
   Improved defensive play along with solid foul shooting closed the lead by a pair. Heading to the locker room the score stood 18-14 at the half, with the Lady Warriors showing signs of life.
   However the second half would not be kind to the girls in maroon. With an improved effort on the offensive side of the ball, the Buffaloes outscored the Lady Warriors 17-5 in the third quarter. Pesky turnovers and poor shooting were just too much for the Warriors to overcome as the game began to get out of hand.
   The fourth period would bring no reprieve for the Lady Warriors as mediocre foul shooting would be enough to seal the deal, as the Lady Buffaloes locked in the 18-point victory.
   Godsey is looking for his team to improve as the season goes on however, recognizing that he has a young team. He hopes that some hard work and return to the fundamentals will spell the answer.
   "We are going to work on the fundamentals and get better," said Godsey. "We were unable to score inside and we have to do better outside as well."
   With the Christmas break now upon us, the latter half of the season still shows promise for the Maroon and White.
   "We are somewhat inconsistent, that is due to our youth," said Godsey. "If we continue to do the things we are doing, things will pick up as the season goes along."