The Hannibal girls basketball team managed just two field goals during the first half Monday in a 51-25 loss to Macon at Korf Gymnasium.
The Hannibal girls basketball team fell by 26 points to Macon on Monday night, but Lady Pirates coach Ben Jamerson feels his team took a step forward after an even tougher loss three days prior.
When Mexico handed Hannibal a 65-30 defeat Friday, there was little to no response from the Lady Pirates when they were knocked in the mouth.
Although Hannibal (3-6) managed just two field goals during the first half Monday in a 51-25 loss to Macon (7-2) at Korf Gymnasium, Jamerson was pleased with the fight of his team.
“We had a tough night on Friday, and today started off similar and it ended up similar as far as the point spread goes, but to be honest this felt a lot different,” Jamerson said. “Just the way the girls carried themselves, the way they played through some of the adversity. We just chalk it up to shots not falling, too many turnovers, but other than that, we played a lot harder and we processed things tonight.
“If you can be proud after a 26-point loss, I would say I’m about as proud as I can get after that kind of loss.”
Macon never trailed as it surged on a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes, 15 seconds of the first quarter to lead 11-2.
Megan Cashatt, who finished with a game-high 15 points, drained a 3-pointer during the spree before Paige Hawkins capped the run with two points off the glass.
“We’re trying to play a lot of girls and really keep the other team running a lot,” Macon coach Ben Sontheimer said. “Hannibal came out and played well in the first quarter, but we were able get some things going and get the ball down the court like we like to do.”
Hannibal couldn’t take the lid off of the basket, making just two of its 19 shots over the first 16 minutes of play. Kaylee Falconer and Keri Bareis provided the lone Lady Pirate buckets in the first half.
Hannibal entered the break with 10 turnovers and finished with 15 on the night.
“We were doing things right, we just weren’t finishing the play,” Jamerson said. “We were throwing it away at the last second or not completing the layup or the drive to the rim. It wasn’t working out in our favor tonight even though I feel like we were doing a lot of good things.”
Macon took a 27-7 lead into halftime.
Four Hannibal players scored in the third quarter, when the Lady Pirates heated up to shoot 5 of 12 from the field.
“When you go into halftime down by 20-plus, the tendency is to close up shop and wait for another day,” Jamerson said. “But they came out and fought in the second half.”
Autumn Bigsby, Emma Deien and Falconer all scored in the first 1:55 of the third quarter to pull Hannibal within 16, but Macon countered with a 13-0 run as the final blow.
Deien led Hannibal with six points, while Bigsby finished with four points and six rebounds. Falconer and Mariah Strong each added five points a piece.
Hannibal hosts Kirksville on Thursday night.