The Columbus Lady Titan girls’ basketball team fell to 1-6 Tuesday night after being defeated 52-27 by the Labette County Lady Grizzlies at home.
Columbus looked to make a game of it early, as Labette struggled to find a rhythm in the first quarter, and ended the first period down by only four, but a nine to three second quarter and a 13 to six third was the end of Columbus’ hopes for an upset.
The Lady Grizzlies are now 6-0.
Both teams struggled with shooting all game, Columbus was only 11 of 44 from the field and Labette was just 18 of 56, hitting 25 and 32 percent respectively.
Columbus had no players in double figures, Center Jessica Anderson led scoring with nine points.
Morgan Workman led scoring for Labette with 12 points on three treys and was three-of-three from the line. McKenna Britton was also in double figures with 10.
Labette Head Coach Kristi Snider said her team struggled early, partially because of six-foot three-inch junior center Anderson.
“She just big,” Snider said. “She’s strong and that posed a little bit of a challenge.
“We couldn’t find any continuity early,” she said. “We just couldn’t get anything to fall during the first half.”
Lady Titan Head Coach Kenny Boeckman agreed.
“Early in the season (Anderson) averaged 20 (points) a game,” Boeckman said. “Teams are beginning to zero in on her.”
He said the defensive pressure from Labette was a big factor in the loss.
“Their defensive pressure kind of dictated what we did on offense,” he said. “We were never in any kind of offensive rhythm whatever.”
The Lady Titans will be in action tonight at 6 p.m. in Independence, the boys’ game will follow.