“We missed 27 layups Friday night. Routine baskets and everything,” said Lady Tigers head coach Calvin Sinkfield. “I think it was the pressure of playing at home and all the homecoming festivities this week. We’ve got to do better.”
Sinkfield also lamented the fact that the Lady Tigers, 1-1 on the season, gave up several easy baskets to East Georgia College Friday.
“We didn’t really play good defense. We didn’t box out well for the second straight game and that hurt us also,” Sinkfield said.
Sinkfield said the focus will be back to basics during practice before Tuesday’s game against Chattahoochee Technical College in Smyrna, Ga. at 5:30 p.m.
“We will be working on making our free throws, layups and boxing out on defense,” he said. “The good thing is that hopefully we’ve got these bad habits out the way early and we’ll be okay from now on. We’ll have to work on our continuity.”
Sinkfield said on the injury front, former Spalding High point guard Shay Williams tweaked her right knee (the opposite one of the surgically-repaired knee) Friday, but she went back in the game in the second half much to the delight of Sinkfield and the current Spalding High girls basketball team, who were in attendance at the game.
“Well, we’ve experienced both sides of a blowout so far — we’ve blown a team out and gotten blown out,” Sinkfield said. “We’ve got to work out these kinks and get better.”
The SCTC men lost again to fall to 0-2, but Sinkfield said hometown Tigers player Joseph Tarver energized the crowd with a barrage of 3-pointers late in the game.
“The crowd went wild when Joe started making shots,” Sinkfield said. “The guys really hustled early and late.”