Hopkinsville head coach Anthony Babb said he wanted to see more effort from his team after the loss to Henderson County.
While he believed they gave more effort on the floor, offensively the shots weren’t falling as the Apollo E-Gals defeated the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers 60-32 in Tiger Gym on Friday night.
“As a coach, you always want more,” Babb said. “I think we played pretty good defense. They made about four threes. A lot of them were because of the effort I’m talking about. When they move the ball well, our rotations and second efforts, they’re standing and watching. I think we gave 85% effort, we just couldn’t get the ball in the hole. You can’t win games missing shots right up at the goal.”
While Babb still wants to see more effort, he felt like the team’s inability to make shots on the night was the real difference.
The Lady Tigers didn’t have a field goal in the game until two minutes into the second quarter, thanks to a three from Lashanti Wilson.
Babb said his team struggled to get into a rhythm all night and he attributed that to missing easy shots and disrupting the rhythm and flow of the game on the defensive end.
“We lost rhythm because we were out of position (on defense),” he said. “When you’re out of position, you create fouls. We teach getting there early and they were getting there late and committing fouls. That takes you out of the flow of the game. Mentally we’ve got to be strong enough to know how we need to play this game.”
While the game was relatively within striking distance for the majority of the third quarter, a strong ending to the third and a great start to the fourth from Apollo put the game out of reach.
“We took some quick shots,” Babb said. “The ball was just not going in the hole. It seemed like it was covered with a net. It’ll get better and we’ll continue to get better.”
Babb said he is excited for his team though, as he expects Shaterrea Bellamy and Lakayla Samuel to return to the floor soon, which will bring a big boost offensively moving forward.
“Players like that you’re always happy to have back as a coach,” he said. “I’m happier for the team. They’ve put in the work. With the leadership that they bring and their work ethic, our game can do nothing but go up.”
Hoptown will return to the floor next Tuesday against Graves County.
APOLLO 60, HOPKINSVILLE 32
AHS10 17 17 16 — 60
HHS2 9 12 9 — 32
AHS: Kassidy Daugherty 19, Amaya Curry 15, Jenna Dant 8 (12 rebounds), Gracie Survant 5, K’Asia Palmer 5, Zoe Floyd 4, Addison Carter 2, Jennifer Lee 2
HHS: Lashanti Wilson 9, Jakayla Epps 8, Shiyah Forte 7, Donnisha Flowers 4, LaTaijha Cherry 2, Faith Dansbury 2