Bell County couldn’t get anything going offensively on Thursday, as the Lady Cats lost to Claiborne High School 5-0.
“I was thrilled with the game,” said Bell head coach Adam Huber. “These girls were playing down a girl for the majority of the game. They were playing with 10.”
Huber credited his team for clearing the ball on defense and for having excellent position.
“The attacking will come with time,” said Huber. “They will flow better with the game as it progresses.”
The coach said playing defensively was the team’s strategy going into the game against the Lady Bulldogs.
“We only had 11 girls to start the game, and we had a couple go down with injuries. So, we had to play defensive,” said Huber. “They fought and they did well.”
Claiborne controlled possession for most of the game, getting several shots on goal. Going into halftime, the Lady Bulldogs led 4-0. Players who scored in the first half included: Carmen Duff, Ruthie Sorke, Tori Ramsey and Taylor Chittum.
In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs continued to control the game offensively. At 10:50 in the period, Duff scored her second goal of the game. It was the last points placed on the scoreboard to give Claiborne a 5-0 victory over Bell.
“I was really proud of the way that our team performed tonight,” said Claiborne head coach Shawn Peters. “I have a very young team this year. I have nine freshmen. We graduated a lot of players.”
Peters said the team was able to experiment and get a lot of the younger players some playing time, and he was very pleased with the way they handled it.
“Tonight was one of those nights that we had an opportunity that we controlled early, and we kind of kept control,” said Peters. “We did what I wanted to achieve.”
Bell (0-3) will play in the Border Wars Classic in their next outing on Sept. 19. Claiborne (2-4) will travel to Greeneville (3-0) on Tuesday to play the Greene Devils.
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