By Sam Jack
The Eisenhower Tigers girls basketball team continued to plow through a tough early-season schedule last week, losing at Andover 38-24 and then at Derby 47-21.
At Andover on Tuesday, poor field goal shooting doomed the Tigers’ efforts.
“We shot the ball 1-for-18 from three, and the rest of our field goal percentage was like 23 percent, which is absolutely terrible,” Tigers head coach Matt Brumley said. “That’s not a good recipe for success. We just didn’t come to play, and that showed.”
Eisenhower: Carly Dameron 7, McKenzie Henry 6, Taylor Burkholder 4, Karlee Ford 3, Sydney Crees 2, Catherine Eddy 2.
At Derby on Friday, the Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead.
“We were cooking just fine, and then we go into the end of the first quarter, it was 10-10. We go in at halftime down 22-16, so we’re within 6 points, and we missed quite a few bunnies that we should’ve made,” Brumley said. “But I think it’s that old adage, ‘Let sleeping dogs lie.’ I think we kind of got their attention, and they came out in the second half and went on a 25-5 run and pretty much put it away.”
Brumley is satisfied with his team’s defensive play, holding teams like Andover and Derby to relatively low point toals.
“We’ve just got to focus on the offensive side of the ball: Who’s going to step up and take that role as the offensive go-to person. We still haven’t figured that out yet.”
The Tigers return to action on Friday, Jan. 7, when they host Arkansas City. Their second game back will be Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Goddard High School facing the district rival Lions.