McKenzie falls to Goshen, still winless

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Turnovers have been a bitter enemy of McKenzie from the beginning.

It didn't change Monday night either.

The Tigers (0-8) are still looking to notch their first victory of the season after suffering a 75-47 thumping from Goshen.

&#8220We just had too many turnovers in the game, and you can't win that way,” said McKenzie coach Timothy Moorer. &#8220We played pretty good in the first half, but had a offensive letdown in the second half.”

Goshen outscored the Tigers 46-24 in the second half after clinging to a narrow 2-point lead at intermission.

McKenzie also was playing with at least four of its players sitting in the stands and not on the bench. Moorer said that some of his players missed a Sunday practice, so they were not allowed to play or even dress.

&#8220When you don't come to practice, you don't play,” he explained.

Goshen put the game away in the third period when it outscored the Tigers 21-8 to take a comfortable 49-32 lead into the final eight minutes.

Quentin Collins led the Eagles with 32 points, while Janorris Cogburn chipped in 20.

Brandon Kent poured in 21 points to pace McKenzie, while Sattrick Rudolph added 13.

&#8220We've got a lot to learn,” Moorer said. &#8220We need to get back to the basics, including learning to hold onto the ball.”

While the boys varsity team has been caught in a losing skid, Cindy Lowe's Lady Tigers tallied their sixth win in a row with a 56-48 victory .

McKenzie jumped out to a 13-7 lead after the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back to improve to 3-0 in the area.

Lasha Pitts led the Lady Tigers (7-1) with 21 points. Carrena Davison added 14.

More than a quarter of McKenzie's points came from the free throw line. The Lady Tigers netted 19-of-37 attempts from the charity stripe.

ShonKetta Christian was one of three Goshen players to post double figures. Christian led the Lady Eagles with 13 points. Darshae White added 12 and Zaclous Pollard had 11.

McKenzie faces Goshen again at 6 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Southeast Athletic Conference Tournament at Brantley.

The winner of that game will play the winner of the Brantley-Highland Home game for the championship at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Brantley.

McKenzie's boys team will face host Brantley in the opening round of the tourney at 7:30 p.m. Friday.