JESSIEVILLE - The Gurdon Lady Go-Devils can’t catch a break from playing some of the top girl’s basketball teams from around the region.
Starting off against state tournament contenders Camden Harmony Grove, state semifinalists Genoa Central and state quarterfinalists Jessieville in a row hasn’t been the easiest task for the Lady Go-Devils with two hard losses. On Tuesday night in Jessieville, the trend continued in a 63-18 defeat.
“For the senior high, we need to perform on our outside shooting and learn how to handle the opponents press,” Gurdon Lady Go-Devils head basketball coach Edna Cooper said. “The height and depth of the other team was overwhelming, but overall, I think the girls performed well with what we were up against.”
Kira Accor led the Lady Go-Devils with eight points, Daesha Ivory had five points, while Alicia Anna and Antwonette Laster put in two points each and Latrice Haynie had a free throw in the game.
Gurdon scored five points in the first quarter against Jessieville with Accor hitting a 3-pointer and Laster put in a basket. The Lady Go-Devils scored five more points in the second quarter with Anna putting in a basket, but also getting into foul trouble. Ivory put in a basket and one of two free throws.
The second half wasn’t much easier against Jessieville as the Lady Lions held down the Lady Go-Devils to only two points, which was a basket from Ivory.
Accor put in a basket and a 3-pointer and Haynie added a free throw for all the scoring for Gurdon in the fourth quarter. Shayla Anna, Quashia Dickens and Mya Hatley played in the game, but did not score.
Jessieville junior Lady Lions 40, Gurdon junior Lady Go-Devils 34
Makayla Mayfield scored 17 points and Haven Cooper added 11 points as the Gurdon junior Lady Go-Devils almost overtook the Jessieville junior Lady Lions, but eventually fell 40-34 on Tuesday night.
“We need to stay focused and need to make simple shots under the goal,” Gurdon junior Lady Go-Devils head basketball coach Edna Cooper said. “We have to play as hard as we do in the third and fourth quarter, like we do in the first and second quarter.”
Cooper scored two baskets and added one of two free throws for five points in the first quarter for Gurdon. Mayfield added a basket to give Gurdon seven points.
Mayfield put in two baskets and a free throw in the second quarter, while Cooper added the other basket for seven more Gurdon points.
Cooper added a basket, Mayfield added basket and Kenzie Harper scored a basket for the Lady Go-Devils as the game tightened. Mayfield broke out for four baskets in the fourth quarter, while Cooper added a basket, Harper scored again and Ky’tisha Harper put in a basket. The Lady Go-Devils had cut the lead down, but Jessieville pulled away by six points.
“Michaela Mayfield did an outstanding job with the ball by making points when we needed them,” Cooper said. “We need to limit our turnovers and gain confidence on our outside shooting.”