(Byfield MA) Way too much Liv Kiricoples for Georgetown to cope with in the second half.
Liv turned in a 16-point second half as Triton defeated the Royals, 48-35, on Monday night at Triton.
“#10 is a great player,” said Triton coach Bryan Shields afterwards referring to Liv. “She works as hard as she can and is never satisfied with what she’s doing. Only a sophomore, I can’t wait to see how she develops in the seasons ahead.”
The Vikings (2-0) needed that strong second half because the Royals only trailed by a point (23-22) halfway through the third quarter after a Brook Higgins put-back basket.
“We played hard,” said Royals coach Kevin Fair post-game. “I definitely liked our effort.”
And through 2 ½ quarters the effort and hard work was enough because both teams missed shots and turned the ball over with an alarming regularity.
The last half of the third quarter, however, Triton put together a string of unanswered points (thirteen) and were in control, 36-22, at quarter’s end.
A Riley Bell runner, a Molly Kimball triple, and a Caitlin Frary layup blended with six points from Liv Kiricoples to gain separation from the pesky Royals.
“That third quarter killed us,” admitted Coach Fair. “We had too many turnovers and too many missed layups.”
Even when the visitors successfully broke the persistent Triton pressure, they often missed the in-alone layup at the other end.
“We want to play fast on both ends,” said Coach Shields.
The Vikings missed plenty of shots too. Decisive for them was taking advantage in the last part of the game of having Liv Kiricoples in close to the basket.
The new rules eliminate, for the most part, taking the ball out under the basket. Triton used sidelines out-of-bounds to their advantage. The Royals tried to front Liv in the post, but the inbounds passers often lobbed over the defenders to Liv who had the lane to herself.
Neither team gave the other any kind of defensive break. Both teams committed twenty-seven turnovers by my unofficial count. Most of Georgetown’s were in the backcourt while most of Triton’s were in the frontcourt.
“We struggled against their press,” said Coach Fair. “It was disappointing because we practiced really hard against it.”
“This game was real tight early on,” said Coach Shields. “Georgetown stuck right with us.”
Liv Kiricoples finished with twenty-one points. Teammate Caitlin Frary added eleven.
Tyrah Marcelin (9 points) and Carena Ziolkowski (8 points) paced Georgetown.
Everyone played even though the game was a close one for quite a while. I think, after seeing two games, that the short season and no post-season will encourage coaches to use more players. Enjoy the moment, seems to be the approach.
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