This year’s Lady Wildcat team is nothing if not entertaining. It seems like every game comes down to the last few possessions and Tuesday night’s 50-47 loss to Carl Albert was no different.
Things started off well for Piedmont as the Lady Wildcats took a quick 5-0 lead over the Lady Titans. Piedmont was able to keep that lead throughout the opening quarter thanks to a strong defensive effort.
The second quarter was much of the same for Piedmont. Rebounding and strong defense lead to Lady Wildcat points. Piedmont’s lead would stretch to as many as 12 before Carl Albert was able to start putting things together. The Lady Wildcats took a 29-20 lead into the half.
Piedmont’s lead slowly started to evaporate in the third quarter. The Lady Titans slowed down the pace and, on defense, kept Piedmont from getting the ball in the paint. Piedmont’s nine point had evaporated into a 38-36 Lady Titan advantage.
The teams traded baskets for most of the fourth quarter. Turnovers plagued Piedmont late in the quarter but a Breanu Reid layup with 22 seconds cut Carl Alberts lead to one. The Lady Wildcats fouled on the inbounds but Carl Albert hit both free throws to go back up three. An errant three point attempt later and the Lady Titans were celebrating the narrow victory.
“That was the most unselfish we have played offensively all year,” Coach Amanda Tims said. “We have to learn to play to win and not not to lose. We have to finish. Whether that’s a shot, a rebound, a last minute free throw; we just have to finish. I’m hoping games like this pay off big time. We are getting a lot of experience by being in these situations. These experiences are priceless. Of course, we wish we could win games against easier teams earlier in the season to build confidence but playing in these types of games will help us learn vital lessons.”
“We can’t get satisfied with where we are,” Sarah Parker said. “We have to go hard all 32 minutes and come out in the second half playing like it’s still 0-0. We have to be able to keep that lead, not let them come back to where we have to fight back.
“All these close games will help us. It’s never ok to lose, but losing early on is better so that we can learn from them. We see that competition and get the confidence that we can play with them.”