FULTON, Ill. — Fulton head coach Mike Menchaca wishes he had more time to polish some of the cracks and rust off of his Steamers girls basketball team.
He saw his Steamers go down 45-31 on Thursday to Amboy in just its third home game of the season. One of the traits that Fulton has been guilty of is sluggish starts. This game was no different.
The Steamers had just seven points at halftime. Two in the first quarter, thanks to a basket from Kerrigan Enloe five and a half minutes into the game, and five second quarter points. The five points came from a made basket by Autumn Hutton, and three made free throws from Enloe.
“We weren’t ready offensively, not ready to shoot, “ Menchaca said. “It took us a whole quarter to figure out that we have to go to threaten it, and it really hurt us coming out and scoring two points.”
Amboy began in a zone set defensively, and really stayed in it throughout most of the game.
“We’ve been pretty confident facing zone all season,” Menchaca said. “For some reason, we just chose not to drive the gaps and move the ball. Amboy did a good job creating issues, and their top two in the zone worked their butts off tonight.”
Despite such a slow start, the Steamers have found ways to make games interesting, and the fourth quarter was when Fulton tried to steam its way back.
Freshman Jordan Price tried to lead the drive for the Steamers scoring six points in the fourth quarter for Fulton. Rachael Beiermann also scored six points, all from the free throw line, and center Betsy Leonard had four points in the paint in the attempted comeback.
“These girls have fought all year long like this, we come out flat, then we fight,” Menchaca said. “We make every game a game, and I’m proud of them for that.