Bulldogs’ experience withstands Lady Cats’ scrappy effort
THREE RIVERS — A rough patch against a more experienced basketball team can be fatal for a younger ballclub.
Three Rivers’ learned that lesson the hard way in a 48-41 Wolverine Conference South Division loss at home Friday to rival Vicksburg.
Down by eight 29-21 at halftime, Three Rivers rallied to tie the game up at 29-29 during the first four minutes of the third quarter.
But the last portion of the stanza belonged to Vicksburg, a team dominated by seven seniors on its 13-player roster.
Vicksburg finished the period by outscoring Three Rivers 11-0 to grab a commanding 41-29 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
“We had some spurts tonight where we were able to be successful playing in transition,” Three Rivers coach Jason Bingaman said. “That’s the game we have to play. We had some first-game jitters and struggled with some fundamental things. After we made our run in the third their best player (Steele) made key plays.
“I think the girls scrapped, but we have some athleticism. Once we get better with court awareness and learn our roles better I think we can be more successful.”