LAURINBURG — Scotland’s offense disappeared in the second half of Thursday’s game against Laney, as the Scots lost 46-22 after a low-scoring first half.
Scotland coach Janie Hodges said Laney simply wanted the game more than her team, which could not find any open shots in the second half.
“We gave poor effort tonight and the score reflected it,” Hodges said.
The visitors led 18-12 at halftime after a very slow-paced opening two quarters. But then Laney took over after the break and dominated the rest of the game, outpacing the Scots 28-10 over the final two quarters.
Scotland shot 36 percent as a team from the field, but only attempted 22 shots as Laney was content to take its time and keep the game at a slow pace.
“We needed to push up the tempo, but you’ve got to put everything out there and we just didn’t do that tonight,” Hodges said.
And when the Scots did get the ball from Laney, they often turned it back over. As a team, Scotland turned the ball over 21 times. The Scots had a disastrous night of shooting from beyond the arch, as they went 0-for-7. They also went 0-for-8 from the free throw line. Only one Scotland player, Khasiya Sellers, made more than one shot. She finished with six points. ShanQaylia Stanton had three assists and Destiny Campbell had five rebounds.
Despite the defeat, Hodges said
“We’ve just got to get into the game and work on it. We can’t harp on last night’s loss or this night’s loss. Basketball is a game of chance and any given day anybody can win,” Hodges said. “They came to play and came to win a game and we didn’t. That just shows that we’ve got to do better”
Scotland (1-3) is off until New Year’s Day. They will then travel to South Florence High School for a Christmas tournament that lasts from Jan. 1-4. Their next home game will be Jan. 14 against Pinecrest.