Scarlets stopped by cold shooting in pair of losses
ARLEE — The Scarlets will enter the District 14-C Tournament on a five-game losing streak after a pair of losses last week, but their coach isn’t too worried.
“It’s not the best, but we’re OK, we just didn’t shoot well for some reason, but that’s the name of the game,” Arlee coach Richard Bachmeier said of the 45-38 loss to the Lady Panthers in Alberton Thursday and a 39-26 loss to Noxon in Arlee Saturday.
Despite shooting close to 20 percent against the Lady Panthers, the Scarlets took a slim 31-30 lead into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 15-7 in the final frame. With the Scarlets focusing most of their attention on Lyndi Ishler, the Lady Panthers’ main outside threat, Dani Hanley hit two of her five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. While the Scarlets did a good job holding Ishler to only 10 points, Hanley led all scorers with 17 points.
Senior Chelsea Allaire led the Scarlets with 13 points, with 11 of them coming in the first half. Freshman Kristyn Adams followed with 10 and Melissa Ivanoff added eight. Mahalia Hendren, another freshman, finished with five points and hauled in 13 boards.
In their final home game of the season, the Scarlets had an 11-7 lead after the first quarter, but then went cold from the field, only scoring seven points over the next two quarters – they scored four in the second and three in the third.
“If you can’t make baskets it’s hard to stay up,” Bachmeier said. “I feel like we can play ball with them, we just couldn’t get the ball in the basket. And we had good looks.”
Adams and Ivanoff finished tied for the team-lead with seven points. In her final home game, Allaire finished with six points. Tiffany O’Neill, Tayla Dejarlais and Becca Nelson each finished with two points.
The Scarlets (4-6, 7-11) will play St. Regis at the Ronan Event Center at 4 p.m. Thursday to start the tournament. The Scarlets swept the Lady Tigers during the regular season.
“We’re where we want to be, if we play good ball we’ll be fine,” Bachmeier said. “I’m not afraid of anybody. If we keep our turnovers down we’ll be OK, and we did that this weekend.” The Scarlets only committed 14 turnovers against Alberton and 15 against Noxon.
Alberton 45, Arlee 38
Arlee 11 12 8 7–38
Alberton 14 9 7 15–45
ARLEE - Chelsea Allaire 13, Melissa Ivanoff 8, Mahalia Hendren 5, Kristyn Adams 10, Tiffany O’Neill 3.
ALBERTON - Andi Clark 8, Chloe Lehl 7, Dani Hanley 17, Jenna Rausch 2, Lyndi Ishler 10, Olivia Lausch 1.
Noxon 39, Arlee 26
Noxon 7 12 8 12–39
Arlee 11 4 3 8–26
NOXON - Kim Marich 10, Karlynn Therrian 2, Shelby Swant 2, Ashley Wiltsie 9, Stephanie Larkin 7, Rachel Stettler 1, Jordan Wilkinson 8.
ARLEE - Tayla Dejarlais 2, Chelsea Allaire 6, Melissa Ivanoff 7, Kristyn Adams 7, Tiffany O’Neill 2, Becca Nelson 2.