By Robbie Robertson
Winston County Journal
The Louisville Wildcats played only one contest last week, dropping a 68-50 contest to homestanding Kemper County on Tuesday night.
The game was the only one of the week for Louisville with the Nov. 15 contest against Choctaw County rescheduled for later in the season. The Wildcats were scheduled to play at New Hope on Tuesday and will return from the Christmas break and host Kemper County on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Kemper County game will be the last one that the Lady Wildcats have to sit out after serving a four-game penalty for an altercation with Southeast Lauderdale at the Philadelphia Girls Classic.
Louisville coach Kenyon Ross said despite the final score, he thought this was a game his team could have won.
“They were missing some key guys, but were still pretty good,” Ross said. “I thought the game came down to offensive rebounds. If we would have limited them in those 50-50 balls, it would have been a much closer game that it was. They just basically outworked us on the boards. We had guys standing around while their guys were working. I told my guys that’s a want-to thing and has nothing to do with coaching.”
The Wildcats had the early lead as they outscored Kemper 15-11 in the first period. But Kemper started to take control in the second period as they outscored the Wildcats 20-15 and led 31-30 at the half.
Kemper took control of the game in the third period as they outscored Louisville 20-7 and led 51-37 at the end of the period. Kemper continued to extend its lead in the fourth as they outscored Louisville 17-13 for the final margin of victory.
Ross said Kemper’s rebounding was the difference in the game.
“The score was 31-30 in the first half and 14 of their points came off of second-chance points,” Ross said. “When your leading rebounder is your point guard, that’s a problem. We don’t have a big post player and we aren’t shooting it very well right now and not running the floor as hard as we need to. Once we starting doing that, I think it will be a different story for us.” In all, 11 players scored for Louisville as Chris Frazier was the only player in double digits with 10 points. Tequavious Braggs had nine points while Sherman Eiland had seven points.