Lady Bulldogs Drop Second Game

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Turnovers and poor offensive efficiency resulted in a second straight loss for the Athens Lady Bulldogs as they fell 64-26 to the Lady Raiders of Morgan.

The Lady Bulldogs committed over 20 turnovers in both of their games, with 22 in tonight’s contest. Athens committed 35 turnovers in its game against Warren last Tuesday.

When the Lady Bulldogs did manage to hold onto the ball, they still didn’t have much to fall back on.

“We lost track at 17 missed layups,” coach Paul McNeal said. “We have to do a better job with our concentration, and I have to do a better job of getting them prepared to finish.”

Morgan’s Braydee Smith led all scorers with 11 points. Taylor Gregory led the Lady Bulldogs with six points on the night.

Despite its offensive woes, Athens performed well on defense. Morgan’s Kaylie Apperson canned 10 of 17 3-point shots in Morgan’s last game, but was held to only seven points against the Lady Bulldogs.

“We did some good things defensively,” McNeal said, “but we need to continue to work on our defense in practice. There are some things we can hang our hats on, but we need to get keep getting better.”

The Lady Raiders’ offense revolves around the ability to shoot the three ball, but Athens held them to 25 percent shooting behind the arc.

Morgan’s biggest advantage of the night came in the rebounding category, where the Lady Raiders outrebounded Athens 41-28. 16 of Morgan’s rebounds came on offense, and those second-chance opportunities proved too much for the Lady Bulldogs’ defense to handle.

Baylee Krigbaum of the Lady Raiders nabbed 13 rebounds, five offensive. Claire DeBruin pulled in seven total rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs.

Athens (0-2) looks to snag its first win of the season as it opens up conference play on Thursday at Nelsonville-York.