AVON — The Avon girls’ basketball team had its chances last night, but its inexperience caught up with them.
With only a senior and junior on the roster, the young Orioles fell to the Southport Cardinals, 62-53.
Avon coach David Cupp starts two freshmen and knows that this season he is metaphorically feeding his young players to the wolves.
“Part of me feels guilty for throwing freshman out there in this environment because they are not ready. So hopefully things like this we learn from,” he said. “Tomorrow we are going to watch the last five minutes of this game and break it down.”
A Hannah Eiler layup and Rachel Griffin free throw on back-to-back possessions cut the Cardinals’ lead to 46-50 with 3:30 remaining.
But the inexperience affected Avon as Southport went on an 8-2 run to put the game out of reach.
“We got it within four late but we just don’t know how to get those four points,” Cupp said. “We are just young.”
Sophomore Brooke Peters led the Orioles with team-highs of 13 points and 16 rebounds. The sophomore was all over the court snatching rebounds and drawing fouls.
After playing in three varsity games as a freshman, Peters has worked herself to be one of Cupp’s preferred players.
“She is my all-time favorite kid that I’ve ever coached. She gives everything that she’s got to me, wants to win and wants to be really good,” Cupp said. “She’s a bulldog, she’s a competitor and she’ll bite your face off, but in a good way. She wants to win. I was really proud of her tonight.”
Freshman Taylor Speckman had 10 points and Shelle Daniels and Megan Price each contributed eight.
Southport jumped out to a 13-4 lead by making its first six shots.
Avon dug themselves a deeper hole with eight first quarter turnovers but the Cardinals went cold as they would miss seven of their next eight shots.