Lady Tiger basketball coach Faye Baker knows Beach High girls coach Ronald Booker is going to bring a disciplined and talented team. The longtime, friendly rivalry between Baker and Booker has produced exciting girls’ games, often deciding region championships and state berths. But Tuesday, the Lady Tigers fell short of expectations and the Lady Bulldogs dominated, 59-29.
Baker said Beach was tall, strong, aggressive and shot the ball well, but her team’s demise boiled down to one problem — lack of teamwork.
“We are not playing together and we are not going to be successful until we do,” Baker said. “It’s my job to find the right people that are going to do that. We aren’t generating offense and the main reason for that is that we are not running our sets at all. We are too individualized, we are not patient enough. We are not passing… We are not playing team ball at all.”
Baker said she adjusted to a 2-3 defense and was able to contain Beach in the third to 11 points.
“But on the flip side of that we only scored 4. So we are not capitalizing when we do have defensive stops. We have to believe in our system and we have to play together and quit playing individually. I just have to find the people on the floor that will do that and that is what I’m searching for right now,” she said.
The girls fell to 0-5 with the loss and are scheduled to be on the road tonight at Glynn Academy and tomorrow at Statesboro.
BI: 6|12|4|7 – 29, Leitia Leiataua 10, Shaquioa Crockett 9
Beach 12|18|11|18 – 59, Jada Young 21