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Lady Govs lose to Harrisburg

December 14, 2017 GMT

The Pierre Lady Governors basketball team did not the best of luck offensively, as the team was defeated by the no. 2 ranked Harrisburg Tigers 56-38 on Tuesday night in Riggs High Gymnasium.

The visiting Tigers roared out to a quick 17-9 lead after the first quarter. They would expand on that lead in the second quarter, and went into halftime with a 32-15 lead. The Lady Govs started to get back on track, but still trailed 50-25 after three quarters. They would outscore the Tigers 13-6 in the fourth quarter, but their comeback efforts fell short as Harrisburg came away with the victors.

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Lady Govs coach Scott DeBoer said that he thought the first half difficulties his team faced were crucial to their loss.

“I think we didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities that they gave us in that first half, but especially in the first quarter,” DeBoer said. “We weren’t really sharp on either end of the floor. We were able to stay in the game, get some looks and hit some free throws here and there. We just missed too many opportunities early. We can’t let a team that is that skilled get away from us that much in the first half.”

The Lady Govs were lead in scoring by junior guard Emily Mikkelsen, who had 12 points. Junior forward Kylie Kessler added 11 points. Meanwhile, freshman guard Brecli Honner led the way for the Tigers with 13 points, while junior forward Jeniah Ugofsky had 10 points

When it comes to things that the Lady Govs need to improve on, DeBoer said it starts on the defensive end.

“Defensively, we knew we had to get sharper in the month of December. We’re rotating a little quicker to spots and learning how to anticipate some things. We’ve got some kids who are playing longer minutes than they did in the past or are fresh to a varsity uniform. Those are things that will come around more when we get more practice time and get into more situations where we have to anticipate things defensively.”

The next time the Lady Govs will be on the road as they travel to Yankton to play the Gazelles. Tip-off is slated for 4:15 pm. According to DeBoer, Yankton is not a team to be taken lightly.

“They’ve got kind of a new look with the kids that they’ve got. They’ve got a lot of young faces and new kids. They’re a talented group, so we’ve got to be ready to go. They’ve got some kids that can shoot it, and a really nice post player who can get to it on the boards. They’ve got a lot of weapons.”