BY ANTHONY VENCE firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a tale of two halves as the Clinton Prairie Gophers hosted the Benton Central Bison for a scrimmage Thursday night.
The score was reset after each quarter. The first quarter was played half court man-to-man, the second quarter was played zone and the final two quarters the teams could play any scheme.
The Bison won the first two quarters by a score of 20-14 and 16-10.
“I thought we had a bad start in the first quarter,” Gophers’ head coach Ryne Smith said. “I didn’t think we were ready to play mentally, and I thought they treated it just as another practice when it was kind of a game situation.”
The Gophers bounced back in the second half, winning the final two quarters by a score of 20-14 and 13-5.
Smith said his team’s physical play was part of the reason for the scores in the final quarters.
“We weren’t as physical as we could’ve been on the glass in the first two quarters,” he said. “I think we kind of stepped it up in the last two that we played, so that helped us out.”
Smith said physical play will be key to the team’s success in their first regular season game when they host Frankfort Wednesday.
“We have to be physical, especially against Frankfort because they’re going to come in here and they’re going to want to muscle us up,” he said. “Those guys are going to be ready to play. They’re going to be well-coached, I know that, coach Catron’s going to do a good job there, so we’ve got to be mentally ready.”
“I’ve got to know the scouting report and we’ve got to play as hard as we can and then hopefully things will pan out for us,” he added.