NEW CASTLE, Ind. — In Thursday’s season opener for the Shenandoah girls basketball team, the Raiders had a difficult time solving New Castle’s full-court press. The Raiders (0-1) turned the ball over 26 times in a 57-34 defeat by the Trojans (1-1) at the Field House.
The Raiders’ first three possessions resulted in turnovers. Down 3-0 early in the first period, Jessica Davenport drained a 3-pointer to end the turnover spell and tie the game 3-3. Shenandoah kept battling despite its turnovers and kept the game within reach midway through the first.
The Raiders went 3-for-3 behind the arc in the first, the last trey coming from Rachel Krathwohl to bring Shenandoah within one at 12-11. Krathwohl tallied seven points off the bench and tied teammate Breanne Dunigan for the team high.
However, that was the closest the Raiders would get. The Trojans never trailed in the contest.
New Castle used a 21-2 run in the second quarter to all but put Shenandoah away and went into halftime with a 39-17 lead. Seven different people scored for the Trojans in the second.
Down, but not out, the Raiders turned up the defense in the third. SHS forced seven New Castle turnovers, while only allowing six points from 2-of-11 shooting by the Trojans. Dunnigan was a big factor as she scored five points and had two rebounds. Megan Chapman chipped in with four points in the third quarter.
But Shenandoah’s offensive woes would continued in the fourth period. They shot 3-of-10 and just couldn’t get into a rhythm. The Raiders also committed five turnovers.
Although shooting just 30 percent (12-of-39), the Raiders were perfect from the charity stripe, hitting on all seven attempts, and shot 50 percent (3-of-6) behind the arc.
Credit Shenandoah’s defense for forcing tough shots. New Castle shot 39 percent (22-of-56) from the field and 26 percent (5-of-19) from 3-point land.
Shenandoah returns to action at Blue River on Tuesday.
SHS coach Chelsea Kilian was unavailable for comment.