By BRYAN URBACH
PALESTINE — Free throws ultimately decided this close match between two good squads.
The Palestine Ladycats played with promise in the first and last parts of each quarter, but the middle of each quarter is what got to them in the 47-41 loss against the Jacksonville Indians.
Keeping the game close this early in the season can be hard, but Palestine coach Joseph Baker said the kinks in Palestine’s game play are still being fixed, for it is early in the season.
“We’re just trying to get things situated,” Baker said. “We have a lot of young guards and we’re trying to put that part of our package together.
“Defensively, overall, I thought we played a pretty good game,” he added. “We’re improving every week. Shooting was a lot better tonight. And we’re just looking for an overall improvement as we go each game.”
With it being early in the season, coaches have a lot of high expectations at the start, and Baker said he is no exception to this.
“I’m expecting great defense out of them this year,” Baker said. “I also am expecting them to have a great amount of hustle. Basically, I want them to have a lot of unity, and that’s what we’re learning right now is how to put stuff together. Once we do that, we’re going to be fine. But the free throws definitely hurt us tonight.”
Coming up for the Ladycats is a trip to play Madisonville on the road on Friday.