BAINBRIDGE – On the opening night of the Paint Valley Classic, the Minford Lady Falcons finished on the positive side of the scoreboard, defeating Washington Courthouse 46-41. The Lady Falcons picked up their first win in as many tries on the opening night of their season.
“I was very pleased with our girls effort tonight,” Minford Lady Falcons Coach Scott Caudill said. “Washington Courthouse was well coached, very physical and made some adjustments that we struggled with.”
The game was close most of the time, and actually saw Washington Courthouse winning three of the four quarters.
“Honestly, we were lucky to get out of that gym with a win,” Caudill said.
By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Falcons were trailing Washington Courthouse by five points, 16-11. However, Minford would respond with a big second quarter on both offense and defense.
The Lady Falcons outscored Washington Courthouse 14-2 in the second quarter, the only quarter Minford outscored their opponent.
The second quarter would end up telling the story of the game, and also gave a preview of just what the Lady Falcons are capable of on the court.
Washington Courthouse simply couldn’t put together a big quarter, like Minford, during the remainder of the game.
After three quarters, Minford led 35-29.
Despite the win, the Lady Falcons weren’t playing to their full potential.
“A few of our girls were just having an off night offensively, but made up for it on the defensive end,” Caudill said. “That’s basketball. Those same girls will put up double digits any night of the week.”
Minford sophomore Erin Daniels had a spectacular night on the court against Washington Courthouse.
“She was phenomenal tonight,” Caudill said. “She played with all heart tonight on both ends of the floor.”
Daniels finished the contest with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
A couple of seniors stepped up big for the Lady Falcons on Friday night as well. Ali Hammond and Mary Pica both had several big plays for Minford, and were essential for the Lady Falcons victory.
“Ali seemed to hit a couple buckets at the right time,” Caudill said. “Mary was very physical defensively.”
In all, Caudill was pleased with the performance of his team Friday night at the Paint Valley Classic.
“It was a good win for us, and we are looking forward to making adjustments to prepare for South Webster on Monday,” Caudill said.
The Minford Lady Falcons will face the South Webster Lady Jeeps on Monday, November 23rd. The game will be played at South Webster and has a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
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