Offense absent for DHS at Sesser-Valier

Grace Haney had 7 of Du Quoin's 17 points against Sesser-Valier. (Doug Daniels Photos)

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

January 24, 2018

  (Sesser, Ill.) - Following eleven days off since their last game, the Lady Indians couldn't break out of their losing streak at Sesser-Valier on Monday, falling 35-17 and scoring four or fewer points in three of the four periods.
  Neither team lit up the scoreboard in the first half, and Du Quoin's defense kept them in it at the break down 16-10. Chloe Hill hit a three-pointer to start the second half for the Lady Indians, and the lead was down to just three.
  "I was really proud of the way we came out," said Du Quoin head coach Shawn File. "We really focused on tightening up the defensive front, and made some tweaks to what we were doing on our man-to-man. One of our goals is single-digit quarters, and they had 16 at halftime."
  But the Lady Devils would score the next eight points on their way to outscoring DHS 19-4 the rest of the way, and Du Quoin fell for the seventh game in a row.
  "Offensively, we just struggled in the second half," said File. "When you don't put the ball in the basket, it doesn't look good and you lose some confidence."
  "This is a good team, but also a team that came in losing two of their last three. This is seven in a row (for us), and I'm not going to make excuses, but we've played seven really good teams. Off the top of my head, the seven teams we've lost to have a record of about 119-35. We've played a brutal stretch here. There's no soft nights on our schedule. I keep telling the girls that's going to pay off, but right now the coach wants it to pay off too, I want to sneak up and beat somebody."
  Grace Haney finished with a team-high 7 points for Du Quoin, Elizabeth Bird added 5, Hill 3 and Katie Smith 2.

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