Myra Smith came off the bench and scored 10 points while Noni Singleton and Kiara Wilson each posted nine, but Battery Creek’s girls lost a lead late in the third quarter and fell to Bishop England 48-36 in Region 8-3A play Friday night at the Palace.
“Very tough loss,” said coach Lonnie Kluttz. “That’s a win we should’ve had. We’re definitely improving and the girls played very well. A few mistakes here and there but definitely an improvement.”
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After Bishop England opened on a 9-0 run to open the game, Creek’s defense came into play, only allowing four points the remainder of the opening quarter. The Dolphins’ first three points all came from the charity stripe before Singleton kissed one off the glass for the first field goal of the night.
BC’s defense continued to press the ball during quarter two, forcing six BEHS turnovers while outscoring the Bishops 5-4, closing the gap to three at the half.
The Dolphins took their first lead of the evening after Singleton drilled home a triple from the wing, making the score 20-19. She drained a second moments later to increase the lead. But the Bishop England went on an 18-3 run over an eight-minute span to take a commanding 14-point lead with just over four minutes to play.
Creek cut into the lead late in the fourth, but BE’s Ally Dominiak connected on both ends of a one-and-one to push the lead to 12.
“We can’t continue to shoot 30% from the field, 30% from the free-throw line,” said Kluttz. “So we are constantly working on our shots and we’re getting better.”
Battery Creek hits the road on Tuesday, squaring off Oceanside Collegiate. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Written by Brackin Lambert / Photos by Gabriel Jenkins