Coming in to Friday’s matchup the Mineola Lady Jackets had a tall task in front of them as they tried to get their first win over the Edgewood Lady Bulldogs. At the time Mineola was playing some of their best basketball of the season as the team was on a six game winning streak.
While the Lady Jacket’s were able to stay in striking distance in the first quarter it was a second half attack that created too much separation between the two teams as Mineola lost 54-40.
As both teams tried to get a feel for the other the first quarter ended with Mineola down 10-17. Both teams applied their usual man-to-man defense but Edgewood gave special attention to Mineola’s Sabria Dean as they attempted to double team her almost every time she touched the ball.
As the second quarter got underway Dean began to go to work as she got a drive and assist to Tiara Stephens who scored a layup, then Dean scored on back-to-back jumpers before making two free throws after being fouled.
However the Lady Dogs hounded the Jackets on the offensive glass as they repeatedly got second chance opportunities after missed shots. Edgewood’s Katy Pool then responded as she scored four straight points as the Lady Dogs took a 31-24 lead into the second half.
In the third quarter both teams exchanged blows as Pool scored again on a drive to the basket, and Meghan Brewington hit Mineola’s first three-pointer of the night in the quarter. Edgewood then took a 38-27 lead in to the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter Mineola couldn’t make up the double-digit deficit as they struggled to find any success scoring from the perimeter. While Brewington would hit another three in the fourth quarter that wasn’t enough as Edgewood continued to score inside and punished the smaller Mineola team on the glass.
Head Coach Tony Riley said he felt his team’s inability to hit shots ultimately did them in.
“The biggest reason (we lost) is we couldn’t knock down any shots. We got some open looks and couldn’t make anything. Edgewood executed very well offensively, knocked down threes, killed us on the glass, and they also forced us to turn the ball over which resulted in easy points for them,” Riley said.
The Lady Jackets now have a 10-3 record in the district and are comfortably positioned for a playoff spot. They will hope to rebound in their next game which will be a first round playoff matchup to be announced this weekend.