The Outlaw ladies traveled to Oakland with their vaunted defense on Feb. 23 looking to climb the next rung on the state championship ladder. They sadly learned that defense isn’t everything as they held Oakland to 34 points, but forgot to load their six-shooters as they managed only 23 points, shooting only 22 percent from the field.
No player managed more than five points.
Coach Mike Crawford hated to end the season on that note.
“We could have played so much better than we did offensively, but we played a great defensive game,” he said. “We did not get off the bus offensively.”
Crawford noted that only six points separated the teams for much of the game while the Outlaws watched their shots roll off the rim to the side.
“No matter what we did, we could not make a hard run at them,” Crawford said. He noted that Oakland played patient ball and only committed a few turnovers.
“There’s a reason they’re the number three team in the state.”
The Outlaws took only 37 shots in the entire contest and sank only eight. The ladies were 6 of 8 from the free throw line and were 1 for 7 outside the paint.
Senior Reece Christman shot 67 percent from the field, sinking two of three shots, but her closest competitor shot 29 percent and more than one stalwart shot a flat zero percent. Karli Bedard blocked two shots and hauled down 12 rebounds in the effort.
“What’s most disappointing to me is that I know there’s teams in the final eight we can beat,” Crawford said. “It’s really frustrating.”
The Outlaws are losing four seniors, but the junior varsity looks good and has some likely prospects for next year’s squad. Also, the Outlaws will have a bigger league, which should help them.
“I’m going to also have a good core of players back,” Crawford said. “We’re going to be pretty tough and be in the same mix we were this year. We’re going to compete again.”