The Stanfield High?School girls basketball team’s misfortunes continued Friday night, as they dropped their seventh out of seven Blue Mountain Conference games.

The Tigers lost 43-38 to Weston-McEwen at home, despite outscoring the Tigerscots 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

“We gave up second chance opportunities, we didn’t get out on shooters,”?Stanfield coach Kyle Cowan said. “Defense is our issue right now, if you look at most of our losses it’s because we’re giving up a lot of points.”

The Tigers?(6-9, 0-7) struggled to maintain a cap on the Tigerscots’ (10-6, 4-4) offense, particularly in the first quarter, when they started off the game with a 16-point explosion compared to the Tigers five.

Sophomore Marlene Bodmer caught fire from behind the arc in the first, scoring nine points on three 3-pointers.

Bodmer led the Tigerscots in scoring with 12.

“Our biggest issue was defense,”?senior Brittany Gregerson said. “We gave up 24 points in the (first) half and thats what killed us mainly.”

The Tigers used a stall offense in the first quarter to try and control the pace and limit the amount of action in the game.

“We’ve been able to compete with people for three quarters in past games, that’s been our issue,” Cowan said. “We’re leading through three and then we end up losing the game in the fourth. So we just kind of decided we were going to play three quarters of a basketball game. Didn’t work out very good for us tonight, just because when they did get the ball they converted, and we didn’t challenge their shots well enough, so they were able to put up enough points to put us in a big hole to start.”

The Tigers did not get a lead in the game, but managed to get the score down to six points in the third, before the Tigerscots broke out on a 9-0 run to end the quarter.?

The Tigers were in passing lanes, and finding good buckets, but ended the quarter on a sloppy note that put them back in a 15-point hole.

“There were bright moments, like when we climbed back in it, but it was our fortunate bounces is what caused that,”?Cowan said. “They missed shots that they should have made. They had some layups they missed, and it kept us able to chop away at that (lead).”

And despite their late run, the Tigers were unable to claw back in the game. Gregerson led all scorers in the game with 14.

Hailey Cox added nine, and Kaci Kamm scored five, and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Tigers will need to pick it up quick in league play, as the Blue Mountain Conference has swallowed them up so far this season.

They will get another crack at a BMC win today when they travel to Elgin.

“We’ve got to get a win,”?Cowan said. “This is not good, where we’re at. We’re not sitting in a good spot by any means. Nobody wanted us to be here, so we’ve got to do something to get out of this hole.”

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