By Jamie Baker
Sometimes you just get beat by a team who’s better than you are.
That’s pretty much what happened yesterday at the Schottenstein Center with the girls basketball teams from Carey and Liberty-Benton.
Carey lost to Berlin Hiland 73-42 in the Division IV state semifinals while Liberty-Benton fell to Regina 59-30.
Which is better to lose by 30 and know you probably didn’t have much of a chance to beat your opponent or to lose by 1 or 2 and always wonder “what if?”
Not sure what the answer would be. But I’m sure after the sting of the disappointment of losing in the state semifinals wear off, the players and coaches for both schools will have plenty of great memories from their tournament runs.
A couple of other observations…
-- A great year for both teams and strong state tournament following for both schools. Kinda sad though to see so few people at the games compared to the crowds drawn for state boys basketball and state wrestling. The girls state basketball tournament needs to do something to draw more younger players at the elementary and junior high level to watch and more casual basketball fans to the crowd. Maybe some kind of ticket discount for youth teams would work.
-- Carey kind of head that deer in headlights look at the start of the contest and they never could recover against Hiland.
-- Saw Liberty-Benton junior Amanda Hyde’s dislocated finger and it looked pretty nasty. It was sticking up and all out of place. I give her a lot of credit for taping it up and coming back out. Some players wouldn’t have been able to handle that.
-- Talk about rabbit ears, the official working the L-B-Regina game must have super sonic hearing. He was standing in front of me on press row all the way across court from L-B coach Nate Irwin when he called him for a technical foul in the second half. I was a little surprised at the call. Judging by the reaction of L-B fans it seemed like they thought they were getting jobbed by the refs. But the officiating doesn’t really matter when you score only 7 points in the second half.