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Bulldogs get into Tri-River Conference schedule

The Culver High School girls basketball team scored in double digits in only the fourth quarter, falling to the Class 3A Riverside Pirates 54-30 on Friday in Boardman.

“We just shot ourselves in the foot with too many turnovers,” Culver head coach Scott Fritz said. “We didn’t handle pressure well, and we just weren’t aggressive enough against it.”

Hannah Lewis and Raeanne Slaght each scored eight points for Culver, but they couldn’t match four Pirates who all scored eight points, plus leading scorer Jenna Shimer’s 11 points.

Fritz said a bright spot in the second half was Lewis was more aggressive going to the hoop, which drew defenders off teammates so Lewis could get the ball to them. Other than that, Fritz was hard pressed to find any other silver lining in defeat.

“We let them dictate how we played, and we’ve been doing that a lot lately,” Fritz said. “We’ve watched game film, and we need to find a way to simulate more pressure when we practice.”

Riverside scored in double digits every quarter, and put 30 points on the board in second and third quarters combined.

“Our girls need to believe they are as good as they can be,” Fritz said. “Once that clicks, we’ll be fine, but we just aren’t there yet. Right now, it’s just trying to find that.”

The Bulldogs will take on Western Mennonite on Friday in Salem.

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