The Cimarron Lady Jays girls basketball team fell to the Meade Lady Buffaloes Saturday.
The 48-31 loss came in the championship game of the Cimarron Invitational, hosted by Cimarron, meaning the Lady Jays finished 2nd, while the Lady Buffaloes finished first in the girls tournament.
Offense was hard to come by in the game, particularly in the first quarter.
“Both teams were struggling from the field, and I say that’s a credit to how hard both teams had to play yesterday to get here to the championship game,” Meade head coach Tyler Flavin said. “Hats off to Cimarron and us, it was a real gut-check, real physical game. Points were tough to come by throughout the contest.”
Meade led 9-5 after the first quarter, and 17-8 at halftime.
Cimarron head coach David Ediger said the biggest difficulty for the Lady Jays was getting shots to fall, not the Meade defense.
“Really their defense wasn’t a problem,” Ediger said. “If you look at the stats, we missed seven or eight two-footers that was really uncontested. We around (the defense) and we just missed ‘em.”
Even when the Jays got fouled, they often missed the free throws, Ediger said.
“We missed nine free throws the first half,” Ediger said. “So if we make half our free throws and two of those seven or eight two-footers, we’re ahead.”
The defense, Ediger said, played well in the first half.
“(To) only give them 17 points is good,” Ediger said. “But we just couldn’t get the ball in the basket so that changed the complexion of the game.”
Ediger said that was difficult for him as a coach. At halftime he said he asked the players what he could draw up to help them score better, but he wasn’t sure what the team would do if the shots wouldn’t fall.
“They didn’t try to miss ‘em, it was just a deal where we couldn’t get the ball in the basket,” Ediger said.
It won’t be the last time the team plays their rival, Meade. In fact the teams will play again when Cimarron heads to Meade on Tuesday to start league play.
Ediger said he as a coach wants to play Meade again after the loss.
“Our girls I believe will respond, I think they’ll be ready to go when we go down there, so we’ll see what happens,” Ediger said.