Charles Henderson struggles in second half, falls to Headland

Published 10:37 pm Monday, February 10, 2014

HEADLAND — After a night like Monday, Charles Henderson head coach Carl Hollis is thankful to have a playoff game in his back pocket.

The Trojans had close to 30 turnovers, and dozens of missed opportunities in a 64-46 loss to Headland Monday night in the area tournament championship game.

“We didn’t play,” said Hollis. “We didn’t execute. We didn’t run half-court offense. Their press wasn’t trapping us. They were just pressing us to keep us out of our zone. You have to keep working the ball down, and be patient to get where you need to be and we didn’t do that.”

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Charles Henderson led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, but got outscored 41-22 over the next two quarters.

The Rams, who led by eight at the half, went on a 6-0 at the start of the third quarter to gain a commanding lead that they would never relinquish.

“We didn’t protect the basketball, plain and simple,” said Hollis. “I told them that Headland wasn’t going to lay down. Headland is quick, and all the players on the team can shoot, and put the ball on the floor.”

Josh Noel notched a double double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with five blocks. Jalente Smith finished the night with nine points, all coming from beyond the arc.

Noel and Jermaine Parker were named to the All Tournament Team.

Charles Henderson will travel to Montgomery for the Sub-Regional round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Playoffs to meet either St. James or Brewbaker Tech on Friday.

“Brew Tech and St. James both lost some players, and are still back in the mix,” said Hollis. “We will have to be mentally prepared to play hard for 32 minutes.”