ESKRIDGE — Offensive rebounding is a big facet of basketball. The West Franklin squad gave up too many second-chance points in Thursday’s season opener in Eskridge.
The Falcons fell 40-35 to Mission Valley.
“Second-chance points is what allowed MV to win the game,” West Franklin Coach Kyle Conley said.
West Franklin scored just four points in the first quarter but heated up after that.
“We just came out flat,” Conley said. “The first quarter killed us, and we struggled to get into our offense.”
The Falcons closed within 22-20 at halftime and led 29-28 after three quarters.
“I like the fight that my girls showed through out the game,” Conley said. “They didn’t give up and they worked until the final buzzer. We had scoring from seven different players and I think those numbers will only go up. We will learn from this, and we will get better.”
West Franklin was paced by senior Sierra Miller with 13 points.
West Franklin plays 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wellsville.
Mission Valley (40) — Browning 12, Masters 1, Hodge 4, Furman 4, Kraus 10, Cain 7, Hill 2.
West Franklin (35) — Reed 4, Steele 6, Shaffer 6, Whittington 2, Flory 2, Yelland 2, Miller 13.
PRAIRIE VILLAGE 57, CENTRAL HEIGHTS 38
RICHMOND — A tough full-court press kept the Lady Vikings from winning on their home court Friday. They lost to the Prairie View Buffalos 57-38.
“Their full-court press gave us problems all game as that created a lot of easy baskets for them off turnovers,” Scott Lane, Vikings head coach.
The Vikings came out with intensity in the first quarter, Lane said, and shot the ball well scoring 14 points to the Buffalos nine. The Buffalos answered back, though, outscoring the Vikings in the next three quarters. Missed free throws hurt the Vikings, who went 16-40 at the line.
Sophomore Brianna Erhart had a big night with 15 points for the Vikings. Senior Emily Feldman was the top scorer for the Buffalos with 20.
Despite the lose, Lane said he is pleased with his team’s performance against the Buffalos in their season opener.
“I was very pleased with our effort tonight. We played very hard on both sides the court,” Lane said. “This team has a fire helps them play hard at all times. I look forward to them getting in better shape and growing as a basketball family.”
Central Heights (0-1) plays at 6 p.m. Monday at Richmond.
Prairie View (57) — Emily Feldman 20, Madie Griffin 16, Cierra Randall 9, Kaylee Waterman 8, Brittney Diehm 4.
Central Heights (38) — Brianna Erhart 15, Regan Markley 7, Sydney Meyer 7, Sam Stegner 4, Whitney Kraus 3, Kenzie Hayward 2.