Columbus East struggled offensively in Saturday’s girls basketball game against Franklin Central.
Only three Olympians scored more than two points. As a result, they fell to Franklin Central 53-42.
Britney Ballard lead the team with 13 points, followed by Addy Galarno with 10. Eight of Galarno’s points came from the free-throw line.
Karli Reynolds contributed nine points, and Kristen Lyons added eight for East (3-2). Claire Cunningham was the only other Olympian player who scored a basket, ending with two points.
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East coach Danny Brown was not pleased with the way his team played offensively. This was the first time his team has faced a zone, and the Olympians were unable to execute against it.
“We have to make shots, “Brown said. “We’ve played pretty good defense so far this year, but I told them I’m a little disappointed in our scoring output right now. Our defense for the most part has kept us in games, but right now we have to get somebody who can score.”
Keyla Hines, Rachel Loobie and Sammi Wessel did not have problems scoring for Flashes (3-1). They combined for 36 of Franklin Central’s points.
Hines came up big for the Flashes with two big steals to help her team pull away in the fourth quarter. East shot well from the free-throw line, hitting 13 of its 17 free throws. Brown said they shot well from the line but didn’t hit the ones that matter most.
“We have to hit them in key points,” Brown said. “We missed a couple in key points that would have cut it to one at one point, and we missed them both. So it’s all when you get them. Of course, a coach wants 100 percent, but I give Franklin Central credit. They’re a good team, and they came in and took it away from us.”