A win is a win, and the Sandy Creek girls will take Tuesday’s victory.
But the defending state champions in Class C-1 left a lot to be desired in a 52-28 win at Adams Central.
“Like I told the girls, ‘What do we expect? When does skill overtake slop?’ We need to do better than what we did tonight,” said Sandy Creek coach Russ Ninemire, whose preseason No. 3-ranked Cougars improved to 4-1. “We played, we went through the motions, but we didn’t show a lot of consistent skill. We had a play here and a play there, but we never really put anything back to back. Nothing to take away from Adams Central, they have a big heart, but tonight we didn’t take the step we needed to.”
Reigning Tribland player of the year Mikaela Shaw tallied 18 points for Sandy Creek to lead all scorers, but the University of Nebraska at Omaha recruit saw her role change later in the game. She did not score a bucket in the last 12 minutes of the game, as she worked more on helping spread the ball around, grab rebounds and play good defense.