H-P Sports Editor

The Palestine Ladycats opened the season Friday night looking like a team who only has practiced for three days.

The Ladycats struggled with turnovers against a pressing Athens squad, falling 52-41.

“We have a long ways to go but we will get there,” Palestine head coach Andy Snider said. “We have new personnel, some new stuff in our system and new responsibilities that we have to learn.”

Palestine had a lead only twice in the game, once in the opening two minutes when the Ladycats were up 4-2. The next time Palestine had the lead was in the third quarter when Anjelica Deckard made a three pointer from the wing top give Palestine a 30-29 lead.

Athens responded with a basket to regain the lead and then the Lady Hornets went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter leading 43-33.

“I thought that we stayed competitive and stayed in the ball game,” Snider said. “We are learning on the move and were doing stuff we did not cover in practice.”

Palestine was led in scoring by Jazmine Cashmere, who had 13 points, including two three pointers.

Allison Reed scored 10 points while Deckard added nine.

Palestine will play at Fairfield Tuesday.

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