Two numbers figured prominently in Western Hills' 58-37 loss to Lexington Christian Monday in girls high school basketball action, and they both came in the first half.
One was 15, the number of turnovers committed by the Lady Wolverines. The other was 10, the number of offensive rebounds grabbed by LCA.
"If they score on half of them that puts them up by some 20 points," WHHS coach Bryan Edwards said after the home loss. "If we cut out at least half of those (turnovers and offensive rebounds), we're right there in the ballgame."
The game was tied at 5-all midway through the first quarter, but the Lady Eagles went on a 12-1 run for a 17-6 lead at the end of the period.
Lexington Christian kept the pressure on in the second half and extended its lead to 19 points, 36-17, at halftime.
"That's our style right now," LCA coach Ralph Sallee said. "We're a pressing team. We don't have a starter over 5-8, so we have to put pressure on teams.
"Tonight we wanted to put pressure on the perimeter and keep them from getting the ball into Meredith Plant," he added. "She's a very good player. I don't know what she ended up with, but she worked hard for her points. She was the focal point of our defense. She's a very hard working player."
Plant finished with a game-high 14 points, and she had 11 rebounds.
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.