Scarlets succumb to district's top teams
ARLEE — The Scarlets couldn’t stand up to the pressure of the district’s two best teams last week.
The young Scarlet squad committed 26 turnovers in a 46-27 loss to the district-leading Savage Heat in Hot Springs Thursday and 25 turnovers in a 52-23 loss to the Charlo Lady Vikings in Arlee Friday.
“We found out where we are this weak and we have a ways to go,” Arlee coach Richard Bachmeier said. “Basically, we have to handle the pressure better than we did. I don’t know what else to say.”
The Scarlets’ weakness all season has been their ball handling. Thursday the Savage Heat exploited the weakness with a 1-3-1 zone, and Friday the Lady Vikings took advantage of it with their man-to-man defense. Both teams used their defense to put the game away after the first quarter. The Scarlets were outscored 37-to-7 in the first quarter last week.
With three freshman starters, Arlee is younger than most teams in the district, but Bachmeier said they can no longer use this as an excuse.
“We’re at the point where the girls have to step up and get better. We’re not a young team anymore. We’ve played 16 games,” Bachmeier said. “We’ll get there. I haven’t given up on them yet,” he added.
Against the Savage Heat the Scarlets shot 29 percent from the field only connecting on 15 of 51 shots. Melissa Ivanoff hit two 3-pointers in the first half to finish tied with Mahalia Hendren for the team lead with eight points. Hendren led the team with eight rebounds. Chelsea Allaire and Kristyn Adams finished with four points apiece and Tayla Dejarlais added three.
Against the Lady Vikings Friday, the Scarlets only shot 17 percent from the field, missing all five attempts from behind the arc and only hitting on 8 of 41 shots inside the arc. Allaire went 4-for-10 to finished with a team-high nine points. Ivanoff added six. Hendren scored four points and led the team with eight rebounds. Adams and Tiffany O’Neill each finished with two points.
The Scarlets (4-5, 7-9) travel to Alberton Thursday and wrap up the regular season with a conference game against Noxon at home Saturday. The Lady Red Devils are in third place in District 14-C and a win against them would give the Scarlets a big confidence boost heading into the district tournament, Bachmeier said.
Hot Springs 46, Arlee 27
Arlee 3 10 10 4–27
Hot Springs 17 10 10 9–46
ARLEE - Tayla Dejarlais 3, Chelsea Allaire 4, Melissa Ivanoff 8, Mahalia Hendren 8, Kristyn Adams 4.
HOT SPRINGS - Meghan Massingale 9, MacKenzie Wood 11, Devon White 4, Nicole Beernsten 2, Elsa Schmiedbauer 7, Alyssa Foster 2, Randi Arnold 11.
Charlo 52, Arlee 23
Charlo17 12 15 8–52
Arlee 4 6 9 4–23
CHARLO - Stephanie Maughan 16, Rachel Hoyt 2, Dawn Blevins 6, Kinley Pope 8, Deondra Brown 10, Courtney Couture 3, Jaris Kelley 7.
ARLEE - Tiffany O’Neill 2, Chelsea Allaire 9, Melissa Ivanoff 6, Mahalia Hendren 4, Kristyn Adams 2.