Updated Sun, Feb 10, 2013 2:29 pm
Federal Hocking found themselves facing a familiar foe when the playoff brackets were announced on Feb. 3. The Lady Lancers were paired with the Southern Tornadoes, who split the regular season matchup with one game apiece.
Fed Hock’s second victory of the season came against the Tornadoes in a 66-57 game where the Lancers surged in the third quarter behind their star player, Cheyenne Singer. The junior poured in seven of her nine points to open the second half, and guard Carley Tabler added 15 points as the Lancers opened up the season 2-0 for the first time in five years.
Tabler and Singer have been playing well for coach Jeff McKibben this season, as the Lancers improved from last season to 6-11 overall and 6-9 in the TVC-Hocking. Teams began to focus on Singer’s inside game and double-teamed her, forcing her teammates to hit shots. Unfortunately for Fed Hock, the shots have not been falling lately.
Following their two wins, the Lancers lost five of their next six. They also went through a rough stretch in January of five straight losses, including a revengeful 55-47 loss on the road to Southern on Jan. 17.
Southern’s win ended its nine game losing streak, and the Tornadoes went on to win four of their next seven games to finish the season. Southern’s record had three more losses than Fed Hock at 6-15 overall, but they were seeded one above the Lancers at No. 8.
McKibben recognizes what has to happen in order for his team to bounce back from their recent loss to the Tornadoes. It all starts from the guards.
“The good thing is that my guards are actually shooting the ball a little bit,” McKibben said following Thursday’s loss to Trimble. “We’ve got to rebound the basketball better. We have to make sure that we don’t commit has many fouls. … We’ve just gotta continue to grow as a team.”
The combined score of their two regular season matchups was 113-112, Fed Hock.
The rematch between the Lady Lancers and the Lady Tornadoes will tipoff at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 11.