Turnovers, mental mistakes costly for Jeeps

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Northeast Dubois' head coach Andy Chinn, right, talks with Jazlyn Sander, left, Mia Smith, Madison Cave and Haley Reckelhoff during a game last season. The Jeeps squandered a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter Thursday night, losing a heartbreaker to Paoli, 44-42.


DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois coach Andy Chinn has preached taking care of the basketball, which his players will continue to work on following Thursday's loss.

Senior Madison Cave, who had a game-high 17 points, buried a 3-pointer to give the Jeeps (0-2) a 40-31 lead in the fourth quarter Thursday night against Paoli. However, the Rams went on a 13-2 run, taking advantage of late turnovers the Jeeps committed towards the end. Northeast Dubois totaled 29 turnovers, including when sophomore Hadley Furhman and junior Jazlyn Sander could not execute a pass that went out of bounds in a 42-39 game with 33.9 seconds left, or when Sander turned the ball over that sophomore Kacey McBride took for a layup to trim the Jeeps’ lead to 42-41.

The game-winning 3-pointer came when freshman Jackie Crews drilled a shot to make it 44-42. Northeast Dubois had 9.3 seconds to work with. Chinn said there were four different options to either to tie the game inside or win it from an outside shot, but a jump ball prevented that. Paoli dribbled down the court to secure a 44-42 win.

“We made too many mental mistakes and that cost us the game, ultimately,” Chinn said.

The fourth-year coach for Northeast Dubois said his players weren’t there the final minute of the game. He said the Jeeps work on passes every day and during warmups, but didn’t make eye contact with passes Thursday night. Chinn added his players might have been complacent after building a nine-point lead. He said Northeast Dubois needs to know the situation and mentally understand the game.

Chinn told the Jeeps after the game that they had a lot to be proud of in spite of the loss, and they had some advantages in the game. Northeast Dubois out-rebounded Paoli, 36-30. The Jeeps also showed greater discipline by committing just 11 fouls. Chinn praised his post players for working hard to block out and added learning how to play defense contributed to keeping the foul total low. However, he said Northeast Dubois did not capitalize on the foul line, going 17-for-27 at the charity stripe.

“We did everything to win the game except win the game,” he said.

The Jeeps have a layoff until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night when they host Blue Chip Conference rival North Knox. It is the first conference game of the year for Northeast Dubois. The Jeeps dropped a 43-27 loss to the Warriors on Nov. 6, 2018. Chinn called it a traditionally strong conference. He knows Northeast Dubois will also face some quality competition later this season in Loogootee and Vincennes Rivet.

Chinn said the Jeeps will focus on trying to stop sophomore Graycie Poe, who posted a career-high 24 points in a 37-30 win Nov. 5 against North Daviess. He said the Warriors will have a similar defense to the one the Rams had. Chinn said North Knox can play full court defense, but also has some zone defense.

He said Northeast Dubois will focus on getting the ball in bounds, protecting the ball and trimming down mental errors.

“They’re obviously disappointed,” Chinn said. “They’re upset. We let one slip through our fingers, and we’ve just got to be better Tuesday night.”

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