LIMA — It is never a good sign when you have more turnovers than points in a game.
Lima Senior and Lima Central Catholic are heading in different directions in the early girls high school basketball season and that trend continued as the Spartans claimed a 56-28 victory Saturday afternoon at Msgr. E. C. Herr Gymnasium.
Lima Senior improves to 3-4 on the year while LCC falls to 0-7.
The Thunderbirds continued a season long problem with committing turnovers and struggling to put points on the score board and they ended the contest with 32 turnovers while scoring only 28 points.
The Spartans were well aware of the T-Bird weaknesses and pressed their way to a 15-5 advantage after the first quarter of play.
That Lima Senior pressure forced 11 LCC turnovers in that opening stanza and the second quarter saw more of the same as the Spartans outscored the T-Birds 20-10 in the second period to take a 35-15 lead to the halftime break.
“We knew they were having trouble handling the ball,” Lima Senior coach Vince Halliday said. “We had a goal of forcing more turnovers than points allowed.”
The T-Birds came out in a 2-3 zone defense to open the third quarter and it slowed the game as the Spartans struggled and the stanza ended with a 6-4 Lima Senior advantage, giving the Spartans a 41-19 lead going to the final period of play.
The Spartans placed three different players in double digit scoring, led by freshman point guard Nikaya Sigmon with a game-high 14 points that included four 3-pointers. Junior Talor Washington added 13 while fellow junior Destiny McDonald finished with 12 points.
“Three in double figures is always good,” Halliday said. “Our defense was good but we struggled against their zone.”
LCC was led in scoring by junior D’Ayra Hurley who finished with eight points coming off the bench.
“I thought we did a better job when we spread the floor and that allowed us to get the ball up the court.” LCC coach Ron Williams said. “Once we got the ball into the half-court defensive pressure takes us out of our offense; we just have to keep working at it.”
Lima Senior wasn’t lights out offensively as the Spartans connected on 19-of-53 from the field for 35 percent shooting. However, they did connect on 8-of-20 three-point shots.
LCC managed only 20 percent shooting as the Thunderbirds finished the contest hitting 9-of-43 from the floor.
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