Franklin County girls basketball coach Joey Thacker admitted he doesn't really know what to expect from his team once it takes the court.
He said his squad can compete against the best teams around or promptly lose to the worst.
But he still wouldn't want to imagine his team down 15-0 to Shelby County (10-8) midway through the first quarter.
That was the case Friday night as the Lady Flyers looked like a deer in headlights out of the gate. FCHS could never recover from the large deficit and despite a late comeback lost 55-44.
FCHS (7-6) didn't score its first points until 3:22 were left in the first quarter when Lindsie Barley hit a 13-foot jumper from straight away. FCHS scored only four more points the remainder of the quarter and trailed 21-6 after one quarter of play.
SCHS' full-court press to begin the game and the play of Amanda Green set the tempo from the start. The Lady Rockets applied pressure and forced turnovers - 22 total - that resulted in easy baskets. As a result, Thacker said his team needs to not be so timid and play to its own style.
"We looked like we never worked against a press at the beginning of the game, and we take a 15-minute segment every day to work on that. We were just so tentative," Thacker said
"And if we're going to get where teams like Shelby County are, then we need to get over that. We need to get over what is across the front of somebody's jersey and go out and play the way we know how to play."
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