Back-to-back loss for the Kodiaks
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 14:51
The Kodiaks women basketball team’s two home games against Lakeland College and Kingston University had similar trends resulting in two similar losses.
In both games the women would find themselves giving up an early lead, then be forced to play catch up, and at some point fight back to tie the game. In the end they fell short in their comeback attempt.
On Friday night the women started strong, exchanging basket for basket with Lakeland until Natalie Johnson’s three pointer would give them the early 13-10 lead.
It was short-lived as the Kodiaks would give up multiple turnovers to Lakeland which led to an 11-0 run as the visiting team would convert on their opportunities and turn them into easy layups to close the quarter out on top 21-15.
To start the second quarter, head coach Avery Harrison would elect to switch to the half court pressure defence to in attempt to claw back, which worked for the majority of the quarter.
The Kodiaks would once again give up crucial turnovers that Lakeland capitalized on to extend their lead to double digits to end the first half.
“Well in the first half I was very frustrated with our turnovers, you know, we had 15 at halftime. Our goal was 16 or less for the game. We made the adjustments there, we turned the ball over just five times in the second half, but that buried us in the first.”
For the entire third quarter the women’s defence would once again tighten and they would manage to chip away at their deficit to get within two points to end the third quarter 55-53.
With eight minutes left in the fourth the women would complete the comeback and tie it up at 62 off of Lindsey Pierson’s free throw.
The Kodiaks fell cold on the offensive side which allowed Lakeland to develop double digits with four minutes left in the game and eventually the victory as the Kodiaks’ last minute heroics fell short. Lakeland won by a score of 81-66.
Kodiaks top scorer for the game was Natalie Johnson who finished with an impressive double-double consisting of 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Just like the night before the Kodiaks would once again find themselves behind early and forced to play catch up in their Saturday game against Kingston University. They would capitalize on the Kodiaks’ missed shot and build a 10 point lead to end the first quarter 17-7.
Like the night prior the Kodiaks’ defence would tighten as they fought back in the second quarter to overtake the lead by some three pointers from guard Mackenzie Meeks. Some stiff defence limited Kingston to only eight points, as they took the lead 27-25 to end the half.
“I thought early on we just weren’t hitting our shots, so we dug a deep hole,” said Avery Harrison.
“Second half we played much better. I was very happy with the effort. 25 points in the first half defensively I thought was just exactly where we wanted to be.”
The women started out the third quarter exchanging a pair of baskets with the visiting Eagles. Their lead would be relinquished as they became reluctant offensively to need the full 24 second clock on a bunch of possession to get a shot off.
Their lead disappeared with under five minutes of play as Kingston’s Sam Tennant’s pair of three point shots late in the quarter would allow the visiting squad to build a three possession lead to end the third on-top 46-37.
The fourth quarter would be no different for the Kodiaks as they would continued to struggle to make their shots and saw the game eventually slip away as another three pointer by Kingston’s Sam Tennant would push their lead to 18 and put the nail in the coffin.
Despite Natalie Johnson late pair three pointer’s which came a little too late, Kingston would close out the game and pick up the win by a score of 65-48.
Mackenzie Meeks was the Kodiaks top scorer with 16 points.