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Fillies take a step back in loss at Mason Co.

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By Mike Aldridge

After the game Monday night in Mason County, Fillies’ Assistant Coach Chris Reffett said that the coaches felt like the team took a step backward in the stifling loss.  
“We thought that we had made some improvement with our ball handling and ability to withstand defensive pressure, especially after Saturday’s game, but tonight it was like we had never worked on it at all,” he concluded.
The Fillies began the game with one of the worst quarters of the season.  
They scored four points and turned the ball over 10 times as they were only able to get off five attempts from the field.  
Mason County’s pressure defense caused the Harrison County ball handlers to make error after error, many times without getting into the offense at all.  
The score at the end of the first period was 17-4 in favor of the Lady Royals.  
The Fillies seemed to improve in the second period as they cut down on turnovers and were able to get into the offense at times.  
They were still out scored by a 13-10 margin in the period and went into the halftime break with a deficit of 30-14.  
Harrison County was having some success on the boards in the first half out rebounding Mason County by a 12-11 margin.
The turnover blues returned in the third quarter and the Fillies again managed only four points for the entire period.  
During this period Harrison County could not buy a basket as made only one of 12 attempts from the field while Mason County was connecting on six of 15, including two of two from the three point arc.  
The Lady Royals backed off the pressure in the fourth period as they coasted to the 62-30 victory with the junior varsity playing the final stanza.  
Mason County had balanced scoring with two players, juniors Alivia Bierley and Mackenzie Butler leading the way with 12 points each.  
Mason County ended the game with a 30-26 rebounding edge over Harrison County as they improved to 11-5.  
Jordan Doram led the Fillies with a 16-point, 17-rebound effort as the 6-foot junior scored one half of the Fillies points despite being double teamed for the game.    
The loss left the Fillies at 2-13 with a game Saturday at Fleming County the next outing.  
The Lady Panthers are 6-7 with a date Friday at 10-5 East Carter before they host the Fillies on Saturday.  
Harrison County will follow this game with a home match with 1-14 Deming on Wednesday, Jan. 16.