WAXHAW, N.C — The Nation Ford Lady Falcons dropped a close game to the Marvin Ridge Lady Mavericks 46-39 as turnovers played a key role in the loss.
Nation Ford had 18 turnovers in the game, while Marvin Ridge had just eight.
Lady Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he is still trying to learn who can play where for this year’s team.
“We are working on learning each other,” he said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well. We didn’t have the team to be as aggressive as it needed to be.”
Marvin Ridge opened the second half on a 4-0 run to extend its five-point halftime lead.
The Lady Mavs started hitting from outside and building a bigger lead about midway through the third quarter.
Toward the end of the quarter, the Lady Falcons’ Jessie Raniszewski got hot from the field and was able to help pull Nation Ford back into the game as they pulled within two at 28-26.
Raniszewski nailed a 3-pointer to start the fourth as Nation Ford pulled within one. That rally was short-lived as the Lady Mavs went on a 5-0 run with the help of another Lady Falcons turnover.
Turnovers lessened for Nation Ford as the game wore on, but still proved to be costly with Marvin Ridge converting.
Both teams played a slower pace to start the second quarter. Nation Ford still struggled with turnovers, after committing seven in the opening quarter. The Lady Falcons switched to a full-court press to try and slow Marvin Ridge down, but the Lady Mavs were able to break the press and establish its offense.
Free throws kept Nation Ford in the game in the second quarter as they went 5-for-7. The team struggled from the field going 1-for-10.
The Lady Falcons struggled early with turnovers to start the game. Defensively, the team did well getting stops on the Marvin Ridge side. But the Lady Mavs started getting easy looks at the basket leading to lay-ups.
Nation Ford was able to keep pace, as Marvin Ridge started shooting and missing 3-pointers instead of going to the hoop.