Tuesday, Feb. 05 2013 12:34PM
Tigers overcome slow start to beat Titans
By Ryan Weaver
Special to the Journal
Lee’s Summit overcame a slow first quarter, but Lee’s Summit West did not as the Tigers came away from the Jan. 31 game with an ugly 34-24 win.
Neither team consistently connected on shots and both teams turned the ball over.
“I felt like we were really soft,” Lee’s Summit West head coach Kristy Guffey said. “We showed our youth. We showed our immaturity. We’ve got a lot of growing to do on and off the floor.”
The two teams struggled to a 5-5 end of the first quarter, with six of those 10 points coming from the free-throw line. Titan Amaka Ofodu hit the only two baskets from the field in the frame.
The Tigers started to find the basket from close range in the second quarter, going into halftime with a 20-12 advantage.
“We have a new offense that we put in and kind of getting settled in, I guess, on the offense with movement,” Tigers’ head coach Jessica Crawford said. “We were very stagnant in the first quarter. In the second quarter we started to move.”
Micah Wilson started to get hot for the Tigers, scoring six of her eight points in the second quarter. Mo Mosier led the Tigers with nine and Bailey Baird also added eight.
Mosier canned the only three-pointer of the game midway through the second and followed with two free throws to give the Tigers a 16-6 lead.
Turnovers plagued the Titans, and it started early with three in the first three possessions of the game.
“Fifteen turnovers and only 12 points in each half,” Guffey said. “Not a single positive from this one, I don’t think, which is disappointing because I think every game we’ve been able to find something positive that we can take from and this was a game we’ve got to get back and practice and recognize the life lessons.”
Only two Titans scored more than four points: Ofodu scored nine and Madi Belanger added six.
“We played a lot better defense than we did the first time we played them,” Crawford said, “and we’ve been dealing a lot with injury and sickness and all that and we’re starting to get back healthy. Our defense won the game. Obviously a 34-2-something game, there’s a lot of defense on both ends.”
The last time the two teams met, the Titans came away with a 44-40 win in the Truman Invitational Jan. 16.