Slow start costs Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 15, 2004

&uot;The first quarter set the tone for the whole game.&uot;

That was King’s Fork’s head coach Josh Worrell’s main assessment of his Bulldogs’ 68-34 loss Monday night to Great Bridge. The Wildcats, thanks largely to 3-of-3 three point shooting in the opening eight minutes, got out to a 22-5 lead in the first quarter.

The deficit grew to 38-10 at halftime, putting the game realistically. At the half, the Wildcats had a 21-9 advantage on the boards, and had forced King’s Fork into 13 turnovers and 4-of-19 shooting from the floor.

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&uot;We lost focus tonight,&uot; said Worrell. &uot;We came out against an aggressive team, they put a lot of pressure on us because they are all the same size and they each can guard anyone.&uot;

The second half saw a more energized attack by the Bulldogs, but it was much too late.

Eric Silver scored 11 of his game-high 14 points in the third quarter.

Silver provided the Bulldogs’ fans with a great shooting display, as he knocked down three three-pointers within four Bulldog possessions in the last couple minutes of the third quarter. Dion Gaines also added eight points and Brandon Gilchrist led the Bulldogs in rebounds with six.

The Lady Bulldogs came closer in their game, falling 65-60 to the host Lady Wildcats. Latora King led King’s Fork with 22 points, and Sharde Brown added 18.