- Published on 26 December 2011
- Written by B.J. Fictum
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DAYKIN — Leading unbeaten Diller-Odell 16-9 after one quarter, the Meridian girls basketball squad had smiles on their faces.
Those smiles eventually wore down and turned upside-down three periods later as the Griffins tied the game 24-all at halftime and ran their way to a 53-42 win, thanks to defensive changes.
Meridian head coach Robert Schropfer said a combination of factors spelled problems for the Mustangs.
“Diller-Odell started extending their defense in the second half which made it harder for us to get into our offensive game,” Schropfer explained. “We missed three uncontested layups in the second quarter which, if made, would have allowed us to keep that six-point lead. They also hit a couple of threes in the second quarter where we didn’t get out and guard the perimeter.
“I thought we played hard the whole first half, but nothing really catastrophic occurred.”
Meridian’s shooting stayed fairly steady until the final stanza when crunch time arrived. and the Mustangs had to step up their attempts, he added.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 28 print edition of The Crete News.