The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 13, 2012

Viking boys fall, girls dominate

Van Holland

TARBORO — A lack of hustle and turnovers were the just a couple of the Tarboro Vikings problems Wednesday night when they hosted the Rocky Mount Prep Jaguars in non-conference action. The Jaguars came out and turned up the pressure and ran away from the Vikings. Tarboro was defeated 85-46.

Tarboro head coach Craig Savage wasn't pleased with his teams overall performance and said he is going to make some major changes at practice today.

"We are not hustling on the court like we are suppose to," Savage said. "Our lack of effort is terrible. We have guys walking on the court and not giving us a 100 percent."

Savage wasn't pleased with his team after the game, because he said several of his players hustled faster to the locker room after the game then they did on the court. He said by the time he could get into the locker room some of his players were dressed and were joking around like they hadn't even lost a game.

"We have to make some drastic changes because this isn't cutting it," Savage said. "Some of the guys got into the locker so fast they were dressed before I could get in there and talk to them. I am not going to have that."

Three other problems the Vikings faced were the Jaguars top three players, Jacob Barrett, Gary Smith and Donte Samuels. Those three combined for 58 points. Barrett led the way with 31.

The Jaguars jumped out to an early lead and blew the game open by the outstanding play of Barrett. The Jaguars went on a 10-0 run before the Vikings would score. Tarboro got their first basket of the game with 4:48 left in the first quarter when Delvin Jones hit a three pointer. Barrett took control of the game and scored five points in the first alone, but had four assist. Rocky Mount Prep led Tarboro 23-6 after one quarter. Jones had all of those points.

Tarboro turned the ball over 12 times in the quarter, which led to 10 Jaguar points.

The second quarter was much of the same, Barrett took over again and scored 11 points in that frame. Tarboro's offense was unable to get any kind of system going because of the Jaguars man-to-man pressure. Tarboro trailed 42-17 at halftime. Tarboro had 20 turnovers at halftime which led to 18 Jaguar points.

"Our defense just wasn't there for some reason," Savage said. "When we get out hustled it is like we give up. I just don't understand it."

Jones seemed to be the only bright spot for the Vikings offensively. He finished the game with 16 points.

Tarboro just couldn't stop the Jaguars quick and explosive offense.

Tarboro finished the game with 32 turnovers which led to 28 Jaguar points.

Rocky Mount Prep was 28-42 from the free throw line, while Tarboro shot 6-16.

"We can't win like we are playing right now," Savage said. "The lack of effort and hustle has hurt us this entire season. We have to play better then what we are playing. We can't continue to play with the lack of effort in consecutive games like we have for two straight nights."

Savage said his team lacks heart, leadership and other things. He has seen only one or two players on the court trying to be leaders every game and said that is something that he has to change. He said with the others, he just doesn't know where they're at.

"This just isn't good to watch every game," Savage said. "We are just going to have to get rid of the people that don't want to be here. I am just going to start playing the guys that I think want to be here and play an entire game for us and give us great effort in practice and work hard every night. That is the only thing I can see changing the way we play."

Lady Vikings 71

Lady Jaguars 39

After a back and forth first quarter, the Lady Vikings turned the defensive pressure up several notches on the Lady Jaguars in the final three quarters of action and went on to blow them out. Tarboro defeated the Jaguars 71-39.

Tarboro got offensive production from everyone on the roster except for two players. Ten out the twelve players scored. Courtney Perkins and Shayla Thorne led the way with 11 points each, while Nyasha Savage added 10.

Tarboro poured it on the Jaguars in the second half when the Vikings went to a three-two full court press and forced the Jaguars to turn the ball over 14 times in the quarter. The turnovers led to 18 points for the Vikings. They shut down the Jaguars completely in the second quarter and only allowed them to score two points.

Lisa Jones led the way for Tarboro in the second quarter scoring eight points. Savage added six in the quarter. Tarboro started the quarter on a 16-0 run before allowing a Jaguar basket. Tarboro responded by going on an 8-0 run to close out the half with a 44-16 lead.

Tarboro has been plagued with turnover problems the entire season and were averaging over 20 turnovers a game, but they cut that down and only committed 12 the entire game.

Viking head coach Jamie Willoughby has been working on putting pressure on the defensive end of the floor against their opponents so the forced turnovers can lead into quick and easy baskets. Her team put the plan into action which help them seal the win.

Tarboro will be back in action Friday when they travel to Leggett to play the North Edgecombe Warriors.