By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion girls basketball team defeated Charleston 66-17. Jocelyn Turner led the Braves in scoring with 18 points.
Earlier in the season, the Braves defeated the Trojans 59-24 on the road. This time in Mt. Zion the score was nearly a 50-point win who also had three scorers with double-figures. Along with Turner, Maddie Kendall scored 13 points and Denver Anderson scored 10 points.
“Our effort, intensity and execution was very lacking in the game and was not acceptable to me how we played overall,” Head coach Steve Marvel said. “We did not do little things that are important at all. We were 9-21 from the FT Line, our Shooting percentage was bad, we missed too many paint point opportunities, we had too many careless and unforced turnovers, and we had far too many players not sprinting back on D and giving a full effort on D. Issues that will cost us games down the road against high level competition if we don’t correct them now. We discuss all the time that we must do the little things well so the big things take care of themselves. We did not do little things well overall as a team last night. I was very pleased with the way
Maddie Kendall attacked the rim last night. Two games in a row she has been excellent at attacking. Something we need her to keep doing. Was also pleased with how Jocelyn Turner ran the floor and finished overall. Alex Smith and Naomi Schmahl had active defense and did the little things well for us.”
The Braves improved to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in Apollo Conference play. This week the Braves will face St. Teresa and Maroa-Forsyth.
“We are going to focus on the little things we didn’t do well last night over the next 8 days and we are going to get in some scouting as a team,” Coach Marvel said. “We will be focusing on defense with a lot of Drill work in that area as well as continuing to ensure we are being active on the offensive end and aren’t stationary. Everything we do moving forward is two-fold: 1. Ensure we are focusing on the little things in Drill work and Scrimmages that matter and that we need to carry over and transition to game settings. Doing this helps us continue to move toward accomplishing our team goals of 20+ wins, top three conference finishes and compete for a regional championship. 2. We will watch game film on our upcoming opponents for next week and will work on our game plan for each as the specific game draws nearer. I’ve scouted Maroa in person and have a scouting report on St. T. We will also be preparing for Mahomet-Seymour and MacArthur who we play early the following week. Both those games are critical for seeding considerations for Regionals. I’ll scout both of those teams live this week to help with preparation.”