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Poplar’s Girls Split Games In Lockwood


Poplar’s girls basketball team split its two games at the Lockwood tournament during the weekend.

The Indians lost to Lodge Grass by a final score of 8955. Lodge Grass gained a 37-22 lead in the first half.

Poplar bounced back with an 83-27 victory over St. Labre. Poplar led 48-17 at the half and then outscored St. Labre by a 21-3 margin in the third quarter.

“Against Lodge Grass, we ended the game with 49 turnovers and with St. Labre 29 turnovers,” Poplar coach Frank “Bosh” Gourneau said. “We need to look at coming out with more intensity and taking care of the ball as you won’t win many games having that many turnovers.”

The Indians will host Harlem on Saturday, Dec. 16.

“After the first 13 practices, we have basically had games and pregame practices, so we haven’t really got to break things down and work on things that needs to be worked on for offense and defense. Having a stretch of practices here before the Harlem game will help us work on those things and get more reps on both sides of the ball in practice,” Gourneau said. “As a team, we need to start playing with more effort and emotion and making the right decisions at the right time. It seems our decision-making process is backwards regarding either taking a lay-up or passing to make the easier basket or it is delayed a bit regarding making a pass which results in a turnover.”

The coach feels the players need to play with more confidence as a team and trust each other.

“As the season moves along, I see us making big strides in those areas that need improvement. It is still early, and we have a lot of things that need to be worked on and having continued practices rather than games and pregame practices will allow us to work on and fix things that need to be worked on,” Gourneau said.

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