(Photos by Matthew Bain, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles basketball team fell to the Lady Bulldogs of Notre Dame 68-28 Monday night in New Madrid.
The Lady Eagles were able to keep it close in the early going, but Notre Dame began to pull away in the middle of the first quarter off of two quick 3-point shots by Alex Fowler. Fowler finished the game with 23 points.
Notre Dame head coach Rene Peters was pleased with her squad.
"Overall, I thought we looked for each other well," Peters said. "We played a good up tempo game. We did commit a few turnovers, which I didn't like. They (NMCC) also did a better job than us rebounding at times. They (NMCC) did a good job offensive rebounding. Overall though our girls played hard and played to the level they needed to get the win."
NMCC (1-3) put up a valiant effort, but could not keep pace with Lady Bulldogs.
"We played hard for four quarters," Lady Eagles head coach Dave Crockett said. "Our girls never gave up. That was our intent coming in. We are in a tough part of our schedule right now. We just wanted to play hard and stay positive and we did that. I'm proud of the way my girls played tonight. If we can put in four quarters of hard play every game then the other things will come along."
Crockett saw rebounding and the ability to create turnovers as bright spots, but that his team's execution needed improvement.
"We are a good sized team and have active hands," he said. "But, We have to learn to finish on turnovers and rebounds. They (Notre Dame) did a great job finishing those things tonight. If we keep working hard, we can be there one day as well."
NMCC returns to action Thursday night when they will visit Dexter. The game will begin at 6 p.m.
Notre Dame won convincingly in junior varsity action, beating the Lady Eagles 65-4.