The Mayfield Lady Cardinals fell in their home opener 45-36 to the Murray Lady Tigers on Monday night at Mayfield High School.
The Lady Cardinals struggled throughout the game to match up with the Lady Tigers’ size, losing the rebounding battle 30-21.
With Mayfield’s rebounding struggles came trouble with scoring in the paint as most of the Cardinal offense came from beyond the arc or at the free throw line.
In the first quarter, Mayfield controlled Murray’s biggest weapons, Calli Carver and Angela Gierhart, coming back from down 7-2 early to tie things at nine at the end of one.
Trouble began to mount for Mayfield in the second as Murray began to limit its turnovers and get into a groove with Carver scoring 11 of her 23 points to give the Lady Tigers a 22-13 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Lady Cardinals managed to get shooting guard Kyler Henson going offensively but failed to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard, surrendering four of Murray’s five three-point baskets in the third quarter alone.
Entering the fourth down 12, the Lady Cardinals refused to give up, fighting back and cutting their deficit to five with just over four minutes to play.
Missed opportunities by Mayfield and Lady Tiger free throws were the difference down the stretch as Murray held on for the 45-36 victory.
Following the Lady Cardinal loss, Mayfield head coach Brad Nanney was proud of his team for battling back against the Lady Tigers.
“I’m pretty happy with how it went considering it's the first game,” Nanney said. “That’s a tough opponent, Murray is still a good basketball team and we knew that going in. We knew we’d have to fight and scrap and I’m proud of our team in the second half for not laying down when the lead got to 10 or 12. They fought back and cut it down to five but that’s a team we’re going to have to beat.”
Murray 9 13 16 7 45
Mayfield 9 4 13 10 36
Murray: Calli Carver 23, Angela Gierhart 13, Makenzie Turley 6, Jade Oakley 3.
Field goals: 17. 3-pointers: 5. Free throws 6-7. Reb: 30. Fouls 9: Ast: 9. Record 1-0.
Mayfield: Kyler Henson 11, Madison Felts 9, Hayley Sullivan 6, Desiree Thomas 4, Mya Thomas 4, Addaley Smith 2.
Field goals: 12. 3-pointers: 6. Free throws: 6-8. Reb: 21 Fouls: 13. Ast: 7 Record 0-1.