WINSTON — Members of the Douglas High School girls basketball team realize there’s plenty of work ahead following a disappointing performance on their home court Tuesday night.
Coming back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter proved too much to overcome for the Trojans, who committed 26 turnovers in a 37-26 nonleague loss to Pleasant Hill.
Senior guard Hannah Way led the Billies (1-1) with 17 points, eight coming in the second quarter. Victoria Lewis chipped in nine points.
Douglas (1-1) cut Pleasant Hill’s lead to 30-25 on a fallback shot on the left baseline by Amy Dickover with 6:25 left in the fourth period, but couldn’t get any closer.
“Our biggest problem was we couldn’t relax on the perimeter of the 3-point line,” Douglas senior wing Kaylie Hall said. “We needed to make better passes and smarter decisions. We have to wait a little longer for our cutters to go all the way through until we give the ball away.”
Dickover, the daughter of Douglas coach Jason Dickover, led the Trojans with 10 points but didn’t get a lot of shot opportunities with the Pleasant Hill defense focusing on her. Hall, who injured her ankle in the third quarter but later returned to the contest, added eight points.
“We have trouble handling the ball,” Amy Dickover said. “We’re definitely getting better (at moving the ball). We’ll get to the point where we can run the offense well, inside and out.
“They executed better. I still think we’re a better team, but we had a few more mistakes than they did. We need to play through the frustration ... we were frustrated we weren’t scoring a lot of points, but also played good, hard defense.”
The Billies committed 18 turnovers, but shot .733 (11-for-15) from the charity stripe. They outscored Douglas by nine over the last two quarters.
“I feel like we gave up in the fourth quarter,” Hall said. “Our girls got their heads down when we should’ve stayed in it. We need to keep our heads up.”
Pleasant Hill used a three-quarters press which bothered the Trojans.
“We need to keep better spacing on offense, and create better angles for ourselves,” Jason Dickover said. “It seemed like we zigged when we should’ve zagged. That whole first half we had girls moving the wrong direction when we were attacking.
“We just need to get on the same page, get a lot more reps going. We’re early in our phases of putting together a man-to-man offense and it really showed tonight. We had a good system set up to break the press. I was more disappointed in what we did with the basketball after we broke the press. We didn’t punish them for extending past half-court.”
The Trojans return to action Friday, hosting 5A Ashland. The Grizzlies (2-1) won 41-37 at Roseburg Tuesday.
PLEASANT HILL (37) — Hannah Way 17, Martin 2, Lewis 9, Ellis 2, Hoyt 2, Yeo 5, Rupnawar. Totals 13 11-15 37.
DOUGLAS (26) — Amy Dickover 10, Parson 4, Hall 8, Phillips, Snuka-Polamalu 3, Perez, Davis, Thorp 1. Totals 10 5-10 26.
P. Hill 5 8 15 9 — 37
Douglas 8 3 9 6 — 26
3-Point Goals — P.H. 9, Dou. 1 (Hall). Total Fouls — P.H. 12, Dou. 16. Fouled Out — Phillips.
JV Score — Douglas 40, Pleasant Hill 29.