SPRING VALLEY — Putnam County and Hall high schools’ ladies met Thursday night in what turned out to be a messy basketball game. Given that, Putnam County was able to produce enough offense in the second half to secure a 39-20 win.
Both teams passed the ball errantly in the first quarter. They also took some bad shots that didn’t find their way anywhere near the hoop. With just under three minutes left in the first, there were only two points on the board. However, the Lady Panthers’ Daniela Pavlovich was able to push her team toward a 14-point lead by halftime.
Pavlovich led the team with 15 points overall.
“I told the girls after the game we can’t have two of these games. We’ll just get into practice tomorrow, see the ball go in the basket, and make the adjustment,” PC coach James Barnett said.
In the second half, PC was able to stretch its lead by spreading the ball around more.
“That’s what we look to do all the time. We are constantly looking to everyone as an option. Not just one person,” Barnett said. “We have instances where we have a player like her or Carly (Gonet) that we can kind of go to if we’re not scoring and tonight it was her (Pavlovich) early. She kept us afloat and kept us in the lead. But we always want to go back to our team oriented offense. And they’ll get their shots out of it as long as they are cutting and passing and doing the things that they should.”
First year Hall coach Mike Struna said the Lady Devils had too many turnovers and not enough shots.
“We had 22 turnovers and at halftime we only had 14 field goal attempts. You do that and it’s pretty tough to win,” he said. “They’re a good team. I was happy we held them to 17 in the first half. Geez, if they would have scored on half the turnovers they would have had 22 points.
“So, even though we turned it over a lot, 17 points at halftime was pretty good. I thought we rebounded real well to limit their second chances, but they are a good team and they have two really good shooters. They played well.”
Hall’s leading ladies, Jacquie Wallaert and Kaylee Golden, had seven points each.
In the final quarter there was a moment where Putnam County had five players on the court with points. Hall on the other hand had one person in the game with a basket. That being said Putnam’s poor shooting and own turnover woes made it look like getting back in the game was a possibility. However, Gonet drained a couple of late threes to squash any hopes Hall may have had of coming back.