Butler County Times Gazette
  • Lady Orioles struggle from the floor in loss to Andale

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  • There might have been an invisible lid on top of the rim that Augusta's girls basketball team didn't know about.
    No shots would go down for the Orioles the entire first half of Friday night's game against Andale, save for four free throws. Layups, 3-pointers and jumpers alike narrowly would miss and bounce out.
    "I thought for the most part, we took better shots than we've taken," coach Tracy Anderson said. "I still think we rushed some shots, shots that were wide open."
    Andale was able to make plenty of shots, including some tough, contested shots in the paint. The Indians ran away with a 56-21 loss.
    Anderson said she at least got the girls to laugh a little about not making a single shot in the first half. The offense actually looked its best so far this season. The Orioles were getting easy looks, setting screens and making clean passes most of the night.
    "I saw some really good team offense that we hadn't seen before," Anderson said.
    Augusta just couldn't make any shots. Kalie Robinson quickly buried a 3-pointer early in the third quarter for Augusta's first field goal. She and Bre Burkett finished tied for the team high with six points.
    Despite all the missed shots, Augusta wasn't out of it after the first quarter. Andale hit two quick runners in the lane in the opening minute, but Augusta's defense kept the Indians in check. They only had a 9-2 lead.
    Andale had a 13-point second quarter, but Burkett added two more free throws to Augusta's total.
    Bailey Reichardt, who can be one of the team's best shooters, hit a pair of long-range jumpers in the third quarter and finished with four points. Morgan Kirk hit a 3-pointer for her points and Taylor Childers added two.
    Augusta drops to 0-4 and will host Collegiate Tuesday night.
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