Trojans drop game to Jaguars

Published 12:10 am Saturday, December 19, 2009

Earlier in the season, the Charles Henderson boys’ basketball team got the best of Barbour County.

When the two teams met again on Friday night, it was a different outcome.

The Trojans and the Jaguars met last night at Charles Henderson for the second time in less than a month.

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Barbour County was the home team however because its gym was unable to be played on.

Similar to the first meeting, the home team won, as the Jaguars defeated the Trojans 45-37.

“It’s a loss after a layoff,” head coach Carl Hollis said following the team’s loss.

“They worked hard – but at the same time, made bad decisions.”

The layoff the coach was referring to was the two-week period CHHS had in between games.

“When you are point for point in a ball game every possession matters and we just did not take advantage of our opportunities down the stretch,” Hollis said.

“We were trying to force a lot [Friday night], we have to learn how to be patient.”

The loss is the Trojans’ second in a row, and drops its record to 4-4.

What plagued CHHS on Friday were the same things that have done so in previous losses – turnover and free throws.

The Trojans committed 20 turnovers against BCHS, and while it shot 62 percent from the charity stripe, the team only got their eight times.

“We had a lot of players not playing the way they usually do – getting in foul trouble early and not stepping up,” Hollis said.

At halftime, CHHS led 21-20, however in third quarter, the team was outscored 16-9, giving BCHS a comfortable lead and one it would not give up.

The Trojans would eventually cut the lead down to just five points early in the fourth quarter, but that would be the closest the team would get as the Jaguars were able to score four quick points and then milk the rest of the clock down until game’s end.

Junior Michael Zackery led the way for CHHS with 12 points, while senior Jaquani Toney added 11 more.

As a team, the Trojans shot just 33 percent from the field, 10-30, and just 18 percent from behind the arc, 4-22.

Six Trojans were held scoreless in the game, including starters Justin Davis and Mike Jones, who both fouled out.

Hollis said the layoff was not the team’s biggest problem coming into the game – it was the team’s preparation during the two weeks.

“Their failure to be committed during the layoff is what cost us the game tonight.

“Not getting rested and being smart hurt us. They played like they were fatigued all night long,” he said.

As for the game, the coach said there was one aspect his team was unable to respond to.

“Defensively, we sat back and never attacked the ball.

“They did a good job of stalling the game late and we didn’t respond well, at all,” Hollis said. “I hope this loss makes the team see that they have to play harder,” he said.