Springwood boys swept by area opponent Glenwood

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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In the first matchup just seven days ago, the Springwood boys team had a chance to defeat Glenwood on the road, but it fell short. Tuesday’s matchup would not go the same way for the Wildcats, as they lost by 12.

The Wildcats started the game off fast, as they were able to take a first-quarter lead. They were able to convert their easy looks inside. Part of the reason they were able to get inside was forward Francis Okeyia was the primary ball handler. He was able to drive inside while having the ability to kick out to point guard Louis Morrison.

The Wildcats led by five at the end of the first quarter.

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“We made some adjustments based off the last game, and we took away their inside,” Springwood head coach Lisa Sampson said.

The game quickly changed at the start of the second.

The Wildcats struggled to shoot in the second quarter, as they were only able to knock down two shots from the floor. The Gators started to figure out a successful way to attack the basket in the second, leading to a three-point Gator lead at halftime.

The Wildcats’ lack of success carried on in the second half, as they could only score 15 points the entire second half.

“We talked in the locker room, and we said ‘you’re not going to make shots every night, so you’ve got to adjust,” Sampson said. “I don’t think we did a very good job of that. We didn’t get the ball inside like we could have.”

To Sampson, the Wildcats’ main problem on offense in the second half was the lack of moving without the basketball.

“With anything we’re doing offensively, there’s got to be more movement,” Sampson said. “We did a lot of standing around. That never works out well.”

Okeyia was the only Wildcat in double digits, finishing with 16 points. Morrison finished with nine points.