The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 2, 2013

50-50 plays don't go Southern's way

From staff reports

HAYS, Kan. — Center Kate Lehman and guard Katelyn Edwards scored 14 points apiece to lead Fort Hays State past Missouri Southern 62-55 Saturday afternoon before 2,275 fans in Gross Memorial Coliseum.

Lehman, 6-foot-4 sophomore center, made 5-of-10 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws while Edwards, 6-0 junior guard, was 5-13 from the floor and 4-of-4 at the line.

Nicole Hartzog, 5-7 sophomore guard, sank 5-of-10 field goals and 3-of-4 charities for 13 points, and she made three steals for Missouri Southern (10-9, 4-7 MIAA). Dominique Mosley, 6-1 junior, also reached double figures with 12, and freshman guard Sharese Jones had seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Lions dominated the rebounding 40-28.

The Lions shot 34 percent from the floor and made 15-of-19 free throws while the Tigers (14-5, 6-5) hit 42 percent and converted 20-of-30 free throws.

“We knew we were going to have to make as many free throws as they attempted,” Lions coach Maryann Mitts said on her postgame radio show. “We made 15, but how many more would we have attempted if we had a little fight in us. We do play hard, but we have some kids who need more grit in them and more toughness.”

The Lions, who lost their sixth straight game, took their only lead, 5-4, on Samantha Soyez’s 3-point goal and Shonte Clay’s bucket. They cut a 26-22 halftime deficit to two points twice in the first three minutes of the second half before the Tigers pushed the lead back to seven points.

Shatara Stone’s two free throws and layup, two charities by Jones and Hartzog’s three-point play pulled Missouri Southern within 48-45 with 6:35 left, but Lehman converted a three-point play. A Hartzog three-point play got the Lions within 59-55 with 1:28 to play, but they didn’t score on their last two trips.

“When we followed the game plan, mainly in the post, I thought we did a great job of forcing the shots we wanted (them to take),” Mitts said. “Then when we got caught on the high side, they were able to score in the post at will.

“This game, especially in the second half, was made on 50-50 plays. We get a stop when we’re down by four, and instead of grabbing a loose ball, we dribble a loose ball and get outhustled. There were 50-50 plays that should have been ours that weren’t.

“Those little things — the game situations — are the things really hurting us. We take poor shots and quick shots instead of reversing the ball and getting good looks at the basket.”