Experienced Patriots too much for Scout girls

December 20, 2018

The David City girls basketball lost to Clarkson/Leigh 64-23 on Dec. 11 after being outscored 42-12 in the first half and only shooting 27 percent from the field. The Scouts made just 8 of their 30 field goal attempts.

Freshman Neely Behrns was the most efficient player for David City. She scored seven points, making two of her three shot attempts.

Head coach Nathan Wall felt that poor preparation was the main factor in a disastrous start.

“Clarkson/Leigh is a very good team,” Wall said. “I feel like they’re a team that will be in the state tournament come March. They’re very experienced. They’re talented. They’re tall. They’re well coached. We didn’t play well.

“We did not prepare well yesterday in practice, and confidence comes from preparation and we did not prepare well yesterday. How you play will have a direct correlation to how you practice, and we practiced poorly yesterday.”

The Patriots scored almost 20 points in each of the first three quarters while never allowing more than eight.

“We played hard during the fourth quarter when the game was well over by then,” Wall said. “I thought we did some good things on our press. We did put together a nice fourth quarter.”

Sophomore Lauren Vanderberg grabbed six rebounds to lead David City.

Wall said he hopes that his team learns about the importance of practice from this defeat.

“The learning experience is you need to come everyday ready to work,” Wall said. “Nothing is given, everything is earned. We didn’t come yesterday ready to work and therefor there was nothing for us to earn today.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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