ANDERSON — It turns out one good quarter wasn’t nearly good enough for the Anderson Lady Tribe basketball team to notch its first win of the season in the home opener against Fishers on Wednesday.
Anderson played the Tigers even over the final eight minutes but fell 67-48 to go to 0-3 heading into a home North Central Conference opener against Richmond on Friday.
“We’ve been preaching to them we need to play 32 minutes,” said Anderson coach Shannon Cleckley. “We’ve got to play four quarters.”
The first quarter was a nightmare of poor shot selection and even worse shooting for the home team. The Tribe hit 2-of-11 from 3-point range over the first eight minutes and missed all four of the 2-pointers to amass just six points in the quarter.
“We emphasized that we needed to go to the basket,” said Cleckley. “But I guess they thought that since they were at home they could just shoot 3s.”
The second quarter was only marginally better as the Indians scored just eight and hit only a third of their shots.
“It was amazing that we were only down nine (23-14) at halftime,” said Cleckley. “You’d have thought we’d been blown out by then. Then the third quarter was a disaster.”
Anderson gave up more points in the third than it had in the entire first half and trailed 48-29 going to the final stanza.
Finally the Tribe got clicking on both the offensive and defensive ends, scoring the first nine points during the opening two minutes of the fourth to trail just 48-38. But Fishers regained control with a 9-4 run over the next 2:30, and the lead never again got as small as 10 points.
“I think if we play four quarters like we did the fourth, it would have been a different outcome,” mused Cleckley.
Staisha Hamilton and Tyra Ford did most of the heavy lifting on the offensive end. Ford had 19 points, taking 23 shots to get six to fall. Hamilton scored 10 off 19 shots. The Tribe shot just 32 percent from the field for the game while the visitors hit half of their 52 attempts.
“We were just rushing our shots and taking too many 3s,” said Cleckley.
Fishers’ sophomore guard Audra Emmerson led her team with 18 points followed by Tamia Perryman with 10.
Anderson just barely lost the rebound battle 39-37 against the taller Tigers. Karlee Goodwin had nine boards followed by Ford with seven and Makyra Dixon with six. The Tribe had 16 turnovers but only one in the final quarter, and that came in the final nine seconds of the game.