“That night we just had problems with passing and hitting,” RHS head coach Tarricka Quarles said “They all were close games.”
The Lady Panthers returned home Tuesday to face the Lady Eagles. The Lady Panthers were looking to defend their home court and to avoid a two game losing streak.
After a slow start the Panthers jumped to an early 7-5 lead in the first game and the two teams were about as even as even could be. But the Lady Eagles started wearing down the Panthers and used a 9-2 run to push it to 14-9. The Panthers tried their best to keep in the game, but hits weren’t falling in bounds, passes weren’t as crisp and some miscommunications let the Lady Eagles take the first game 25-16.
“We have our up and down periods, in some games we’ll be all happy and moving our feet the beginning and then the other half of the game we’ll be like we just lost our best friends,” coach Quarles said.
In the second game the Lady Panthers tried to even up the score and force a game three. But Ohio county wouldn’t allow any of that and sprinted out to a 5-0 lead. The Lady Panthers would close the game to 5-4. But for the rest of the game the Lady Eagles looked like they were doing just enough to win. RHS would continue to bite into the lead, but everytime it got close the Lady Eagles would use another 4 point run to keep RHS out of reach. With the score 22-11 the Lady Panthers had a 7-1 run to close the gap to 24-18 but it was just too little too late as the Lady Eagles closed the game 25-18.
“We have the ability to look really good on the court, we just have to build up a measure of consistence,” RHS assisstant coach Eric Gorham said.
With the loss their record is now 4-10. The Lady Panthers will look to rebound Monday at home against Fort Campbell and snap this little two game slide.