CHHS falls big to St. James, season comes to end

Published 11:35 pm Thursday, February 14, 2013

India Blakely looks for room to drive to the basket against St. James. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

India Blakely looks for room to drive to the basket against St. James. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

She saw the Lady Trojans’ season come to an abrupt end on Thursday night as St. James knocked off Charles Henderson 51-39 in the sub-regional round of the playoffs at Betty Wagoner Hall.

“We had a bad, bad, bad night shooting the ball,” Jones said. “Everything that we put up wouldn’t fall, and everything they put up, went it. It was just one of those nights when nothing seems to go right.”

Charles Henderson forced turnovers on St. James’ first four possessions, but had trouble getting comfortable themselves on offense. St. James utilized an offense that is different from a lot of the teams Charles Henderson has seen.

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St. James runs an offense full of screens and ball fakes, something that Jones had to make adjustments to.

“We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for there scheme,” said Jones. “We played just two days ago, and only had one day of practice. Their offense is something that takes getting used to and a lot of learning, to identify the screens.”

Charles Henderson cut the large lead to 11 early in the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run, but never could get back in the game down the stretch.

Jones said that the large lead got the player’s spirits down.

“Every time we were able to cut their lead down, something would happen and our heads would go right back down,” saind Jones. “They played hard all night and never gave up, and that is one thing you, as a coach, have to be proud of. They never quit.”

India Blakely lead Charles Henderson on offense with 23 points.

The loss ends the season for the Lady Trojans, but Jones said she is proud of her team.

“They have a lot to be proud of this year,” said Jones. “Their record was great, and they won both area titles. We have a lot to build on next year.”