BANDON — Dave Larsen is still adjusting to coaching girls for the first time, and said working with Myrtle Point has been a learning experience for both coach and players.
The Bobcats got off to a slow start Tuesday and weren’t able to recover against Rogue Valley Adventist Academy in a 38-21 loss in the Gold Bracket at the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational.
The big lesson early Tuesday was watching out for the back-door cut as the Hawks relentlessly picked the Bobcats apart in the first half while scoring the first 12 points and leading by as many as 16.
“The girls are smart,” Larsen said. “Every game, I learn more about what they don’t know.”
The Bobcats adjusted well after their halftime discussion, though Rogue Valley Adventist still stayed comfortably in the lead the entire way.
“I don’t know how many back doors they had in the first half,” Larsen said. “The second half they didn’t have any.”
The Hawks got nearly all their points inside, most off good passing in both halves. Rose Tovar scored 13 points, Zoe Belovitch added nine and Savanah Zamora had eight points, seven assists and four steals.
“That was a good team,” Larsen said. “They’re well-coached. They ran their offense well.”
Myrtle Point got its offense going in the second quarter, finishing the first half on a 7-2 run that included a three-point play by Makenzie Larsen and two buckets from Shay Bateman. But the Hawks started the third quarter on a 5-0 run and the fourth on a 6-0 spurt to put the game away.
“We just need to find scoring,” Larsen said. “Once we get some scoring, we’ll be better.”
Bateman and Madison Brown had six points each for Myrtle Point on Tuesday.
Larsen expects the scoring to improve, just as the defense has gotten better early in the season.
“They’re a good group and they’re hungry to learn,” he said.
The Bobcats face Camas Valley in the consolation game Tuesday.
Alsea 34, Camas Valley 11: Abbie Lowther had 16 points and the Wolverines limited Camas Valley to four or fewer points in every quarter.
Alsea 34, Camas Valley 11
CAMAS VALLEY (11): Michel Bartlett 4, Joy Deross 2, Amayia Plikat 2, Alissa Vradenburg 2, Hailey Holmgren 1, Jessie Ashton, Natasha Hibdon, Noel Krissie, Bella Pool, Krystal Talley.
ALSEA (34): Abbie Lowther 16, Carlee Begley 6, Jasmine Benson 3, Arielle Reed 3, Jessica Carlisle 2, Nicole Griffith 2, Jamison Harper 2, Anna Chilcote, Megan Harper, Lexie Oleman.