The Gainesville Lady Leopards had a tough time fighting an uphill battle against Celina. The Lady Cats were coming off three consecutive district losses to Aubrey, Melissa and most recently Sanger on Jan. 29.
Against Gainesville on Friday, Feb. 1, the Lady Cats were on a mission as they throttled the Lady Leopards 75-24.
Gainesville head coach Shaun Weaver said Celina was solid in several areas.
“Celina is fundamentally sound and is in the right place at the right time,” Weaver said. “They’ve got some shooters and every one of them can hurt you. Across the board, the ran the floor very well and then got a lot of offensive rebounds. Then, when they got the defensive rebound, they push the ball.”
Weaver said he thought her team had a strong start to the game, but they had trouble finishing on the offensive end.
“We always start good defensively,” Weaver said. “We have pretty good defense, but like I was explaining to our kids, we’re not technically sitting in the zone to stop the shooters. We just can’t stay in front of anybody man-to-man, so we stayed in the 2-3 zone to keep people out of foul trouble because we have been getting into early foul trouble. It was the second-chance shots that hurt us.”
The Lady Leopards have struggled to put all parts of their game together this season. Offensively, they have had trouble finishing off plays and defensively, they had trouble closing the door on opposing team’s possessions.
Weaver said to remedy those problems is going to take full buy-in from the team in the offseason and over the summer.
“That goes back to when you’re not in season,” Weaver said. “What you do in the offseason, what the kids do in the summer, you know what they’re willing to do with conditioning, strength building and open gym and they haven’t had that around here. But I’ll take the blame this year. I’ve really got to continue to get them fundamentally sound because we’ve just got to be able to put some quarters together.”
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