Second-period meltdowns doom Lady Indians

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 3, 2008

YORK-Southampton High probably wishes it could have the official scorekeeper void the second and fourth quarters of its 56-34 loss to York in girls basketball action Thursday night.

The Lady Indians scored 26 of their 34 points in the odd periods – but only four points each in the even quarters, when they were outscored 25-8.

It was a disappointing loss for Southampton, which could have moved into fourth place with a win over the team ahead of them in the Bay Rivers District standings.

&uot;Bottom line, we got outplayed,&uot; Southampton coach Aronda Bell said. &uot;They were more aggressive. We didn’t come to play tonight.&uot;

After falling behind 10-2 to start the game, the Lady Indians rallied behind Anita Ricks, who scored six straight points to bring Southampton within two.

York led 14-10 after the first quarter.

Then came the disastrous second quarter when the Lady Indians went cold from the field, while turning the ball over on three straight trips down the floor.

The deficit swelled to 12 points during a three-minute stretch when Southampton barely attempted a shot. A put-back by Samantha Urquhart ended the surge, but by that time Southampton was behind 28-14 to end the first half.

Two 3-pointers by Rachel Lamb gave York an 18-point third-quarter lead, and the treys took the spirit from the Southampton comeback. York took a 15-point lead into the final period, and the margin got no closer than 17 points the rest of the game.

Ricks scored 18 points for Southampton despite picking up her fourth foul late in the third quarter. Ricks and Urquhart combined for 30 of Southampton’s 34 points. Urquhart also grabbed eight rebounds, while Nelodi Bradshaw finished with seven boards.

It was a totally different result from the first game between the two teams in December, when Southampton held York to only 23 points in a 13-point home win. The Lady Indians lost their third straight game on the road and fell to 8-6 in the district and 8-8 overall.

The teams could possibly meet a third time before the basketball season is complete. If both teams keep their position in the district race, they will face each other in the first round of the Bay Rivers playoffs.

Bell is hoping for a better effort. &uot;I hope that they will be ready,&uot; she said. &uot;We have to play better.&uot;