Low intensity leads to Hannibal loss

Low intensity leads to Hannibal loss
Hannibal senior guard Kaylee Falconer goes past two Macon defenders for a basket in Tuesday's game.
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Posted: Feb. 5, 2020 6:21 pm Updated: Feb. 5, 2020 6:26 pm

HANNIBAL | The Hannibal girls basketball team was unable to keep their intensity and momentum from Friday's upset over Monroe City in their home matchup against Macon on Tuesday.

The game was close in the second half, but Macon pulled away in the second half to post a 57-36 win. 

“Our intensity was not there in the beginning of the first quarter and the beginning of the third quarter,” said Hannibal head coach Evan Cerven. “I really thought we kicked that habit, especially in the Monroe City game, we kept our attention in every second of that ballgame.”

The Pirates were unable to get much going in the second half of the game, as they were outscored by the Tigers, 29-14.

Cerven said his team needed to improve on the mental side of the game.

“We (have) to believe that we are a good ball team and we have to believe that Monroe City game and those games prior weren't just something that happened by accident. We got to believe that we have the skills to be a good ball club, when we are. Those nights when we do, we get to showcase our skills, but if we are second guessing ourselves too much, you have what happened tonight.”

Hannibal senior guard Emma Deien led the team with 10 points, as she drained three 3-pointers. Sophomore center Bella Falconer was second on the team with nine points.

Macon junior Kate Hawkins scored a team-high 19 points. Two other Tigers reached double-digit points, with sophomore Lexi Miller scoring 15 points and junior Tierra Wood scoring 11 points.

Cerven said Hannibal only showed intensity in flashes in Tuesday's loss and needs to work on consistency.

“If it's not going to be consistent, it's not going to win ballgames,” Cerven said. “So that's what we are going to be working on. Making sure that we get back to that intensity that we had last week.”

Hannibal is now 8-6 for the season, while Macon is now 13-4.

Up next – Hannibal hosts Kirksville on Friday in their homecoming game, with tip off scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Scoring by quarter

HAN – 11 | 11 | 9 | 5 – 36

MAC – 14 | 14 | 11 | 18 – 57

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