"We came out flat again tonight. I thought their press hurt us again a lot more than it did the first time we played them," said NMCC coach David Crockett. "We just didn't handle the pressure and they got up on us. We just kind of started facing adversity and when we do that sometimes we struggle and right now we're struggling."
While NMCC (5-7) was having problems getting into the flow of the game, the Donettes took advantage of 17 Lady Eagle turnovers in the first half and took a 28-12 lead heading into the locker room after the second quarter.
"I just thought we started the game good and that we wanted to come out and play," said Doniphan coach Jimbo Blackwell. "We had some energy when the game started. A lot of time in a (consolation) game at 3 o'clock that's not the case but I was proud of our energy when we came out."
Trailing 28-12, the Lady Eagles didn't quit in the second half and cut the Donette lead to 35-26 when Jasmine Flennoy scored under the basket with 2:15 left in the third quarter.
"We didn't really make any adjustments other than I just told them we got to play harder. We come out and they decided they wanted to play harder," Crockett said. "If we wanted to do that for four quarters we could compete with just about anybody we play right now. We have the talent, we just have to get the intensity for four quarters."
Doniphan never wavered however and went on a 9-1 run to go up 44-27 with 7:20 left in the game and the Lady Eagles could never get the game back in single digits.
"We talked about trying to match their intensity level in the first two or three minutes of the half and we didn't do that," Blackwell said. "We were just able to hold on."
Doniphan was led by Jaysa Blackwell who finished the game with 18 points and also controlled the game for the Donettes from the point guard position.
"She's our point guard, a four year varsity player," Blackwell said of his daughter. "Her role is a little different than it has been. (This year) she has to score more but I thought for playing as many minutes as she did and as physical they were, I thought it was a gutsy performance."
"Blackwell played phenomenal tonight," said Crockett. "Last time we kind of held her in check, she struggled shooting the ball but tonight she didn't. She's a heck of a ball player and good players are going to rise when they have to and that's what she did."
NMCC was led by Flennoy who finished with 13. Shameika Williams chipped in 12.
"Every time we get adversity on us we're really having a hard time and we just have to keep our heads about us and play four quarters like we played the last half," Crockett said. "I thought we played pretty well intensity wise in the second half but we just didn't have it in the first half and we buried ourselves and we just couldn't fight out of it."
NMCC is off until Jan. 3 when they host the Malden Lady Wave at 6 p.m.