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CC inaccuracy from floor costly against West Point

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:52 am

In an outing just two days earlier, Charles City’s Lady Panthers shot a dismal 8 percent from the floor in the first half and never recovered in a loss at New Kent. Returning to the friendly confines of home on Dec. 6 to take on West Point’s Pointers, the same scenario played out.

Again, the Lady Panthers shot 8 percent for the first half and watched as the visiting Pointers scored the game’s first 19 points. And again, the hosts could not get back in the game, dropping a 58-21 non-district basketball decision.

“We’ll have to work on shooting the rest of the year,” Lady Panther coach Andre’ Jones said after his team fell to 2-2.

“We did all right on defense, but on offense it’s just a question of team continuity,” he said. “We have a new point guard and everybody needs to step up.”

West Point had a shutout going until point guard Toni Harris’ lay-in with 14 seconds left in the opening quarter broke the ice for Charles City.

Jasmine Binford added the hosts’ second field goal of the half as Charles City connected on only two of 24 shots from the floor. By the break, the Pointers were up 30-9 and firmly in control.

For the half, Charles City managed just one offensive rebound.

“There was just a size mismatch inside,” Jones said. “Even their point guard is taller than our entire starting lineup.”

That point guard, Kiera Gaines, led the Pointers in scoring with 15. Center Kristen Medlin finished with 12 while guard Paige Rowlett added 11.

Harris topped Charles City in scoring with seven points while Shana Brown finished with six. Amanda Adkins tossed in four followed by two each from Shana Braxton and Binford.