YATES CENTER — Offensive struggles plagued Yates Center High’s girls from start to finish Tuesday.
The Wildcats mustered only four points in the first quarter and 12 in the first half of a 39-26 loss to visiting Eureka High.
The loss drops Yates Center to 1-6 in Tri-Valley League play and 6-7 overall.
“The girls played good defense,” Wildcat head coach Abby Collins said. “We just have to be more aggressive offensively and take better care of the ball.”
Eureka led 11-4 after one period and 24-12 at intermission. They pushed the lead to 19 points, 35-16, with an 11-4 third-quarter spurt.
“We missed a lot of close-in shots,” Collins said. “We have to finish those shots.”
Cherokee Shaffer and Kassy Reynolds share team high-scoring honors with eight points apiece. Reynolds also had eight rebounds.
Taylyn Schwartz led the Tornadoes with 14 points.
Yates Center travels to Caney Valley on Friday.
Yates Center (4-8-4-10—26) (FG/3-pt): Hartwig 1-0-2-2, Spencer 0-0-2-0, Reynolds 4-0-5-8, Douglas 1-1-2-3, Adams 0-0-1-0, Shaffer 4-0-0-8, Baker 1/1-0-2-5. TOTALS: 11/1-1-14-26.
Eureka (11-13-9-4—39) (FG/3-pt): Barrett 0-0-1-0, T. Schwartz 5-4-0-14, McKenzie 3-0-5-6, Pitko 3/1-0-3-9, A. Schwartz 2/1-0-1-7, Rader 0-0-3-0, Ibarra 1-1-4-3. TOTALS: 14/2-5-17-39.
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