Lock Haven women overwhelmed by Edinboro

LOCK HAVEN — For the Lock Haven University women’s basketball team, the growing pains continue.

Playing in the PSAC can be difficult enough, but when you go into the season with an inexperienced squad, the task of maturing is much more difficult.

Sunday afternoon at Thomas Fieldhouse, the young Lady Eagles saw their season mark against PSAC foes slip to 0-4 with a 94-52 loss to Edinboro, possibly one of the best teams in the conference.

“I think Edinboro is a very good team,” said LHU head coach Jennifer Smith. “My hat is off to them because I think they are going to have a very successful season. We have to come and be a little more ready to play and when the opponent hits you, you have to be able and ready to respond. You just keep telling the kids about it, but that is the process (of growing). We are getting there and I am very thankful that we don’t have any more back-to-back games this year because playing in those is not really one of our strengths. Again, we are getting there, but we have to focus on reducing the number of turnovers and allowing the other team to get as many offensive rebounds as they are now.”

An uncontested layup resulted in a Boro bucket. Throw in a couple more scores and 90 ticks of the clock into the game, Edinboro led 10-2, and that was just the start of the Haven’s troubles.

Continuing their hot shooting, the Lady Scots (7-0, 4-0) were successful on 11 of their first 15 attempts from the field which led to a 33-13 lead at the first turn and they never looked back.

First half stats pretty much told the story as the Lady Scots shot 50 percent overall, 53 percent from beyond the arc.

“That was some of the competition we are going to see this year,” said Smith. “Edinboro is the best team we have played this year so we need to be able to respond to it. Some teams might come out and hit their first ten shots. That is going to happen, and when it does, you have to stick to your game plan because there are 35 more minutes left to play. These kids are learning.”

Leading the Lady Eagles offensively was Rileigh Devine with 12 points, Ahnera Parker came to life off the bench with 11 points and four rebounds.

Playing possibly her most consistent game of late, Maimuna Kenneh tallied six points, she also had 11 rebounds.

“She (Parker) is a pretty skilled offensive player,” said Smith. “She does have the ability to hit the three consistently and we are trying to work on that with her. We are also trying to teach her the importance of playing defense and having a consistent work ethic, but she is taking steps in that direction. We have some good freshmen. They just need more experience in their development.”