2012-02-16 / Sports

Lady Eagles Bumped by Rogers

by Mike Organ

The Lexington Lady Eagles were literally bumped, pushed, shoved, hacked, and jumped on by the host Rogers Lady Eagles last week. The referees were intent on letting Rogers play rough defense, while the Lady Eagles were to play, somewhat, by the rules. Rogers’ full court pressed the first three quarters, and Lexington was not functional in their press attack. Yet, by the end of the first quarter, Lexington had been assessed 10 fouls and Rogers one.

Rogers had the better team as they made three-point shots almost at will, and when Lexington came out to stop the trey, they passed the ball inside to the post players. Even with the foul disparity in the first quarter, Lexington was only behind 15-8 at the end of the initial period. Point guard, Mackenzie Brown, had two fouls early in the first quarter.

Rogers kept pressing, and Lexington began to master it, until Brown received her third foul. Lexington went to the halftime locker room down 35-22, which is not an insurmountable amount.

Racheal Beard gets fouled as she drives up the side line. Was it called? NO! 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Racheal Beard gets fouled as she drives up the side line. Was it called? NO! PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The third period proved to be Lexington’s Waterloo, as it has been during several games in district action. Rogers put up 27 points, and Lexington managed only four. The disparity in fouls really began to take effect. The non-calls on knocking players out of bounds, pushing them out of the way under the basket, and hacking them on shots, provided Rogers with the ball, and many more chances to score, which they did.

Rogers dropped out of press, and Lexington’s offense started to click, a little. Christin Schneider hit a couple of threes, and Brown got to shoot free throws on plays that had been no-calls. Lexington still lost the last quarter 15-19, but it was much more recognizable basketball, and not rugby. The final score was 71-41.

Brown led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 12. Schneider was right behind with 11.

Lexington ends the season with an 11-19 record.

The Lady Eagle JV also lost to Rogers 29-16. Megan Sanders led the scoring with six points.

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