(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
BROSELEY -- The Charleston Lady Bluejays' only two losses on their season was at the Lady Royals Holiday Classic tournament. Their second loss came at the hands of the Kennett Lady Indians on Saturday as Charleston took home a sixth place trophy.
"We didn't get after it tonight," Charleston head coach Michael Minner said. "Last night (Friday) we picked it up in the second half but, we really didn't pick it up tonight (Saturday). We didn't have the intensity tonight whether that's from playing back-to-back days or what have you, we just didn't get after it."
A long scoring drought by the Lady Bluejays ended up being the difference in their 43-36 loss to the Lady Indians.
After going into the half with a 26-22 deficit, Charleston was able to fight back and tie the game at 28 points a piece with 4:25 left in the quarter. But, the Lady Bluejays were unable to convert another bucket until 3:24 left in the fourth quarter.
Kennett held a 12-point lead after that bucket from Cedrica Rodgers.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Rodgers and Jerquawnda Sherrell cut the lead to six points with a little over two minutes left in the game, but a made free throw from Kennett's Alexandra Brown would be the only scoring done within the last two minutes.
"I feel like they got the bulk of their points rebounding," Minner said.
Kennett snagged 31 rebounds to Charleston's 35 but most of the Lady Indians boards came from the offensive side which they were able to convert a score with a put-back.
Brown grabbed 13 rebounds for Kennett while Brittney Williams had 11 boards and also scored 14 points. Jerica Wheeler scored 9 points and had five steals. Hope Sparks added eight points that included two 3-pointers.
Rodgers led the Lady Bluejays with 11 points. Kasuela Cooper chipped in with six points and 13 rebounds.
"We're going to get better," Minner said. "That's what we've talked about all along. I hope we don't hang our heads. We're excited to come down here and get a trophy. This is the best showing we've had down here in awhile. We're going to take the positives out of it and build for this upcoming week."
Charleston (7-2) will take on the Malden Lady Greenwave tonight at 6 p.m.