UNION — The Sims girls (1-7, 0-5) traveled to Boiling Springs Middle School for a late game on Monday, and came up on the short end of the 24-10 final score.
“We let them score 10-12 points very easily by not stepping out and switching on picks during the first five minutes of the game, and that was really the difference,” said Sims Coach Kenny Harris after the game. “Other than that stretch of the game, I was very pleased with our effort and hustle on loose balls. I saw us make some big strides in ball movement and rebounding on the offensive side, and our ‘rookies’ continue to improve. Our goal is to improve in every contest, and we did that tonight.”
The Tigers were led in scoring by center Aniya Byrd with 4 points, Brooke Smith with 3, Cheyenne Lipsey with 2, and April Shugart with 1 point.
Both Sims and Boiling Springs have struggled lately and were looking for a win to get back on track Monday night. In a back and forth contest, it was Boiling Springs that emerged with a 31-23 win.
The Tigers held a two-point lead with just under .10 to go in the half until a defensive mishap resulted in a uncontested three-pointer to give Boiling Springs the lead at the buzzer.
The teams traded buckets throughout the second half but in the final minutes of the fourth quarter Boiling Springs made a few more plays than Sims and iced the game at the free throw line.
“We just can’t seem to get over the hump,” said Sims Coach Cam Willis. “We play well enough to have a shot in the fourth quarter but we never seem to make the plays when it counts. We have to take care of the ball, and I’ve said it all season.”
“I want to say that Douglas Brannon and Jason Rodgers have done a pretty good job for us,” Willis said. “It’s tough on Douglas because he’s been asked to play the entire game every game because he is our only primary ball handler. Jason and Douglas are our only two returning players and they have both had to be leaders, they really have no other choice, and they have both done a pretty good job.”
Both Sims girls and boys teams will host Rainbow Lake on Thursday in the last game of the semester. Conference play will continue after Christmas break.