NEW LONDON -- The New London girls had their hands full on Tuesday night in a SEISC South Division game with Central Lee. The Hawks came in with just two losses all year, and they proved their worth by knocking off the Tigers 59-22.
New London started out well, getting a handful of inside points early and keeping Central Lee relatively at bay. New London slowed the game down in the first quarter and trailed by just two points, at 9-7, thanks to four early points by Alisha Boles and three points from Layney Loyd.
“We’ve played all year long that we’ve got to be a slower, patient team,” Coach Chad Wahls said after the game. “Some of it is because we have only seven girls, and some of it is that we’re not at the point that we want where we can get up and down the court quicker and take faster, tougher shots. Our shooting percentage isn’t horrible, but isn’t great, and we’re not a team that gets a lot of second and third chance points either, so the ones we take, we want to make count.”
The Tigers were able to keep it slow to start the second quarter, but eventually Central Lee found their offense. The Hawks outscored the Tigers 19-9 in the second half and took a 28-16 lead into halftime. Ashlyn McSorley had five points in the second quarter for New London.
The Tigers had a lot of trouble scoring in the third quarter. New London put up just five points in the third period and trailed 46-21 after three. Central Lee held New London scoreless in the fourth quarter and scored 13 points of their own.
Boles’ six points led the Tigers in the loss. McSorley and Loyd both finished with five points. Marah Hartrick scored three, and Kara Kreiger finished with two.
New London is now 2-9 overall, and 2-8 in the South Division. They’ll look for revenge on Friday, Jan. 11, when they take on a Danville team that stormed back to beat them by nine in the Tigers’ home opener.
“We’ve got to forget about tonight and move on,” Coach Wahls says. “We’ve got a game that we can compete and play in on Friday against Danville. It’s a huge rivalry. We thought we had one here and they took it away from us. We’ve got to go try and take one away from them, instead.”