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Lady Stags lose at Goose Creek, win at Timberland

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dan Brown/Independent Erica Broughton drives on Berkeley’s Jill Funk.

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There are good games and there are bad games and last week the Berkeley Lady Stags played one of each.

The Lady Stags fell to Goose Creek 70-29 on Dec. 11 but bounced back on Friday to down Timberland 45-38.

“Goose Creek is a good team,” said BHS Coach Crystal Peace. “We made some poor decisions in regards to executing, reading the defense, and just taking care of the ball in order to break the press. The girls and I had a long chat about how important it is to apply the things that they are learning in practice to game situations.”

Berkeley didn’t record a bucket from the floor until late in the second quarter, with their first 10 points coming from the foul line.

“I’m struggling now with getting the girls to come out and play intense in a game the way they play in practice,” Peace said. “They know what they have to do to win, now it’s putting it all together and becoming one cohesive unit. One of the girls said it best, ‘We all have to come ready to play, not just two or three people.’

“We’re four games in, but we will pull this together. We watched the game film and they saw their lack of intensity. They are committed to hard work.”

Shakea Joy and her 18 points led a contingency of four Lady Gators to score in double figures for Goose Creek. Zeleria Simpson added 12 points and Mariah Laney and Erica Broughton each chipped in 11 points.

Jill Funk led Berkeley with 7 points.

The Lady Stags bounced back on Friday against Timberland for a 45-38 win.

“I was proud of the girls,” Peace said. She said her team was able to take a lot of positives from the win.

“We just have to build on those positives and keep moving as a team,” she said.

Peace cited Jill Funk as being the team’s most consistent player in the season’s early going.

“Jill was consistent last night as well,” the coach said. “She might not have a ton of points every night, but she’s putting in work consistently. Jill leading by example. The girls are catching on.”

The Lady Stags were to play at Cane Bay and at Stratford this week before shutting down for the winter break.

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