MHS girls experience befuddles A.L. Johnson early

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 30, 2007

THOMASTON &8212; Marengo High School&8217;s varsity girls team moved to 2-0 on the season Thursday evening on the road, while A.L. Johnson&8217;s young program got off to a slow start in a 62-15 loss.

A.L. Johnson is looking to find their identity after losing five seniors off of last year&8217;s team. A team lead by juniors, the Eagles are struggling to overcome youth and inexperience.

The Panthers on the other hand are an experienced team that has already taken their first win, a 69-42 victory on the road.

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The group came out early against the Eagles and brought traps, half court pressure and presses to confuse their inexperienced foe into turnovers &8212; causing the group trouble getting past half court numerous times.

In the first half of the game, the Panthers outscored the Eagles 39-8, racking up 17 points in the first quarter and 22 in the second. In the second half the pressure turnovers slowed after Eagle adjustments, and A.L. Johnson found their niche putting up fast-break points.

But the damage was done and, while the onslaught slowed, the Eagles never had enough to mount a comeback.

Agee said the one thing the team will have to work on after this game is making points at the penalty stripe.

Wolf said her group&8217;s progression during the game was a plus and she hopes the team can continue to build as the season continues.