The Sr Tigers went into uncharted waters Tuesday night to take on the Cedarville Pirates. The result was yet another thriller but unfortunately was also another close loss dropping to the Pirates 53-49. Ethan Stovall led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points followed by Jacy Griffin putting 9 points on the scoreboard. Layton Howard, Codi Chick, and Colton Stipins combined for 22 points against the Pirates as well. The Tigers have been literally “IN” every game this season but have been unable to finish off their opponents. The Tigers are 4-12 overall and 1-7 in conference play with 6 of those losses coming by 10 points or less.
Coach Keith Dake said “I feel like we fought hard in another extremely physical matchup with a tough conference opponent. The biggest struggles we have faced is turnovers and being consitant on defense. We are averaging an astronomically high amount of turnovers at 20.3 per game. That’s about 40 points per game that we are giving away. The defense is working hard and our offense is getting good looks, but our decision making isn’t always the best. There’s no doubt that the last 3 games we have steadily gotten better and better. We are looking to capitalize on our improvements and focus on getting hot going into postseason play. Everyone knows that February is when games really matter in high school basketball and we are looking to play our best basketball going into that.”
Mansfield’s Lady Tigers also took on a tough Cedarville team Tuesday night falling to the Pirates 54-26. Cedarville’s smothering defense kept the Lady Tigers in check for almost all of the game. The Lady Tigers had trouble rebounding which led to Cedarville getting extra opportunities to score. Maggie Strunk led the team in scoring with 10 points and in steals taking the ball from the Pirates 3 times. Mikayla Strutton led the Lady Tigers in rebounds and deflections with 5 each and also put 2 points on the scoreboard. Mikayla Harrison, Amber Elmore, and Rylee Weaver combined for 14 points in the game.
Coach Joshua Bryan said “Cedarville came to play. They pressured us just enough for us to throw errant passes which led to many turnovers. I see that our biggest obstacle so far is our inexperience. We have many girls who can and will be playmakers on our team. We just need to gain more experience, and the only way to do that is to compete.”
The Tigers will play at Lincoln on Friday, January 18 with Jr High starting at 4 pm.