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Rider sinks Decatur; Cold shooting hurts Lady Eagles in loss

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014

After a stretch of five games in five days, the Decatur Lady Eagles (15-3) couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end of the court Monday in a loss to Wichita Falls Rider.

Beating the D

BEATING THE “D” – Shelby Drews dribbles past the Lady Raider defense. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Coming off a 2-2 performance at the Whataburger Tournament over the weekend, the Lady Eagles couldn’t keep up in the second half, falling 51-34.

“The first half we just missed some easy shots and in the second half I think we let that affect us and our defense wasn’t as good,” Decatur coach Billy Garner said. “These next eight games are the ones that are going to count, so hopefully they’ll come ready to work and get ready for Gainesville.”

MOVE TO THE HOOP – Decatur’s Traci Hale makes her way to the basket during the Lady Eagles’ 51-34 loss to Wichita Falls Rider Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Rider opened the first quarter on a 9-0 run, before Decatur had their biggest offensive splash of the night. A 14-0 run by Decatur gave them a brief lead that extended into the second period.

Nothing went right from that point offensively for the Lady Eagles. They went ice-cold from the floor and Rider responded with an 11-2 run to close the half.

Decatur’s offensive struggles continued in the third period, when they scored their only two field goals of the quarter with under a minute to go.

Rider took a 38-22 lead into the final frame.

Murphy Graham led Decatur with eight. Traci Hale and Shelby Drews each had four.

Katie Isham finished with four.

The Lady Eagles open up district play Friday when they host Gainesville.

Decatur wrapped up the Whataburger Tournament with a 51-44 win over Dallas Life Oak Cliff Saturday.

“Our kids did a great job at the tournament,” Garner said. “We gained some valuable experience against quality teams. Hopefully that will lead to good things for the rest of the season.”

Graham led the way with 15 and Macen Stripling had nine.

Isham added eight.

Decatur dropped two games on Friday, ending with a 60-39 loss to Jim Ned.

Graham had 15 in the win. Isham and Stripling each finished with eight.

Earlier in the day, Decatur dropped their first game of the season, 53-41 to Abilene Wylie.

“We got a great effort from our kids, we just turned the ball over way too much in the second half,” Garner said.

Stripling led the way with 12 and Graham scored 10.

Drews tossed in seven and Isham had six.

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