Central defeats girls 43-30

Central 43

Sweet Home 30

Central defeated the Husky girls basketball team 43-30 Friday night at Central.

“Neither team was playing well,” Coach Mark Tyler said.

Central took a 10-6 lead in the first quarter. The second quarter, Sweet Home scored the only three points of the quarter to trail 10-9.

Central led 25-17 after three.

“There’s just no other way to put it,” Coach Tyler said. “We should have won that game.”

Central has a new coach, a new system and lost a number of girls last year, he said. Central over-rotated a 2-3 zone that night opening the bucket up for Sweet Home, but the Huskies couldn’t get shots to fall and still had a hard time penetrating the defense.

The Huskies shot 13-37 from the field and 1-8 from the free throw line.

“We were taking a lot of inside shots, and we still did not get them to go down,” Coach Tyler said. The second quarter, the team took six or seven shots total.

“It’s like a two-edged sword,” Coach Tyler said. “We could have taken shots all night long, but we took an extra pass and turned the ball over.”

The Huskies had a number of shots but didn’t take them this time, Coach Tyler said. “That was just a huge loss for us. We should have had that game. It’s a tough loss any time you have the opportunity to take a game like that and don’t. It’s going to bite you down the road. I’m hoping we can overcome that one.

“I’ve seen this team play. They’re more than capable of playing (referring to an overtime win over Pleasant Hill). It’s just a matter of getting it together on the same night.”

Last week, the Huskies also defeated Madison from Portland 53-39 to set a 3-8 overall record and an 0-1 league record.