Bulldog breakdown

Published 10:36 pm Friday, December 11, 2009

It was just one of those nights at Pike County High School on Friday.

As Barbour County came into town, both the boys’ and the girls’ teams were looking to get back on track – however neither could tame the Jaguars.

The boys were coming off a 30-point loss to Carroll and like that game, the offensive could not find its rhythm, as the Bulldogs fell 61-34.

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“Nothing would fall for us tonight,” PCHS head coach Will Moguel said.

“We got a little lazy on defense in the first half and that allowed Barbour County to hit some 3-pointers, which put us behind.

“We were never able to recover,” the coach added.

BCHS hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter alone that allowed the Jaguars to jump out to a double-digit lead and one PCHS would not be able to recover from.

After eight minutes of play, the Jaguars led 20-6.

The 3-pointers continued in the second quarter, and with a little over five minutes remaining, BCHS had a 22-point led.

The Bulldogs’ offense was only able to put 12 points on the board heading into the half and trailed 33-12.

“It seemed like [BCHS] his all their shots, especially 3-pointers,” Moguel said.

“The two things I preach the most is hustle and defense, and we just didn’t do a good job of either tonight,” the coach said.

The first field goal for PCHS in the second half came at the 4:24 marker, thanks to a Josh Parker layup.

The Jaguars continued its offensive assault scoring 17 points in the third quarter and 11 points in the fourth to course tot he 27-point win.

For the game, the Bulldogs shot just 33 percent from the field, hitting 14 of 42 shots, while connecting on just one 3-pointer out of 13.

David Foster led the way for PCHS scoring 11 points, while Parker finished with seven.

“This season is still early though and I thought we played better than we did in earlier games,” the coach said after the game.

“It may take a little time for this team to get to know each other – we have a relatively new team from last season.

“But I know we have good group of shooters and good ball handlers – our shots will start falling, I’m not worried about that,” Moguel said.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 1-3 on the season, but the coach said he believes this team will be ready to compete soon despite the record.

“I really feel like we are going to get better. Everyone is still learning each other for the most part, but this team will be ready to play and compete,” Moguel said.

PCHS will be in action again on Tuesday Dec. 15 when the team plays host to Andalusia.

Like the boys’ team, the PCHS girls’ team struggled to find the back of the net in its game against BCHS.

After a nine minute-plus scoreless streak, the Bulldogs were finally able to put points on the board thanks to a Monique Mills 3-points, however by that point, the team was trailing 14-3 and were never able to match the Jaguars.

Mills’ points were the only scored for the Bulldogs in the first half as the team fell behind 19-3.

PCHS would put 10 points on the board in the third quarter, but BCHS’ 22 points extended the lead to 41-13.

The Bulldogs would find the bottom of the net one final time in the game, as the Jaguars cruised to a 46-15 win.

The loss dropped PCHS to 0-2 on the season.

Tierra Hall led the way for the Bulldogs with five points.

“Coming into the game, I knew [Barbour County] was really good,” head coach Tellis Stone said after the game.

“I told my girls, win or lose, I just want you to hustle – and they did the entire game.”

“[BCHS] was bigger, more athletic and better overall, but they didn’t out hustle us. We were still playing hard and going after the ball late in the game, and I am proud of my team in that aspect,” the coach added.

PCHS will be in action again on Tuesday Dec. 15 when the team plays host to Andalusia.