DANVILLE — Being away from school the past two days because of the weather seemingly carried over to the basketball court for the Danville girls basketball team.
The Lady Vikings shooting touch seemed to be frozen during Thursday’s Big 12 Conference contest against the Peoria High Lions, who were able to claim a 57-45 victory.
“We didn’t shoot it well,’’ said Danville coach Brian Anderson, whose team made just 32.7 percent (17-of-52) of its shots, including just 6-of-25 behind the 3-point arc. “We were also sloppy. Turnovers (21) killed us and free throws (5-of-15) killed us.
“We were just discombobulated, or disjointed the whole game. We don’t have a big enough margin of error to be disjointed like that. We have to be locked in all of the time.’’
But it definitely wasn’t just poor shooting for Danville (7-8 overall, 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference).
The Lady Vikings actually made 40 percent (10-of-25) of their shots in the second half, but they saw the Lions turn their three-point lead (22-19) into the 12-point final margin.
Peoria High’s Mckenzie Jenkins scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the final two quarters and most of her offense came on easy shots within a few feet of the basket.
“Peoria is a good team, with a good record,’’ Anderson said. “We were grinding really hard in the first half, but the shots weren’t falling. It was almost like we couldn’t do it long enough. We just kind of ran out of gas in the second half.
“We had about a four minute stretch in the second half were we lost it. We lost our composure and we lost our competitive spirit. They got a couple of run outs, where they just beat us down the floor. We just didn’t compete in that stretch like we did in the rest of the game.’’
The Lions (10-5 overall) went on an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter, building a double-digit lead and the Lady Vikings did get any closer than seven points in the final minutes.
“Shots are not always going to fall, but at least we were competing except for that one four-minute stretch,’’ Anderson said. “We needed to find other ways to win. You always hope that the shots are going to eventually fall, but we needed to be better on the defensive end.
“That’s tough to do against that team, but we have to find other ways to score.’’
In the final eight minutes, Danville was able to get itself to the free-throw line eight times, but the Lady Vikings were a disappointing 5-of-15 at the foul line in the game.
“We did a better job of attacking the lane and hopefully, that will carry over to Saturday,’’ said Anderson, whose team is at Peoria Manual on Saturday. “But, turnovers and free throws were a big difference maker tonight.’’
Danville junior Alexis Hoskins was the only Lady Viking to score in double digits against the Lions as she finished with 14 points. Senior Michaela Jones was next with eight, while Zena Day had a team-high nine rebounds.
Joining Jenkins in double figures for Peoria High was Jailynn Lawson with 14, Jakeesha Hawkins had 12 and Israel Evans chipped in with 10.
In the junior-varsity contest, Peoria High defeated Danville 62-34. D’Nija Parker led the Vikings with 12 points, while Jalae Parker finished with nine.