By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
DANVILLE ? The New London girls had their hands full on Tuesday night in a road game against a tough Danville squad.
The Tigers, who are currently short-handed with injuries to Alisha Boles and Ashley Birdsell, had trouble keeping up with the up-tempo pace of the Bears in a 75-31 loss.
New London stuck with Danville early on in the first quarter, but the Bears began to pull away later in the period and held a 17-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was rough for the Tigers, who had trouble breaking a tough Danville press. The Bears forced a handful of turnovers and used a flurry of fastbreak layups to take a 48-13 lead into halftime.
Alexa Wenger was the star of the first half for the Tigers. She had four points in the first quarter and four in the second quarter to lead the squad with eight points at the break.
New London could never bounce back from the big Bears? run. A seven-point second half from Sydni Coleman led the Tigers, but Danville continued to pull away with their up-tempo style.
After the game, Tiger head coach David Streeter said his young squad is still showing some growing pains.
?You?re always going to have trouble with the young team you have, and the inexperience,? Streeter said. ?That all comes with game times. They?ll learn from the first half, and the second half will be better.?
Wenger scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the loss to lead the team. Coleman finished with nine points and three assists. Kristen Rohdy and Kara Krieger each netted four points.
New London fell to 1-9 on the year. They will have a long break before their next game, which will be in New London against Holy Trinity Catholic on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m.