The Georgia Military College Prep Lady Bulldogs lost to the Westover Lady Patriots 47-7 in the Old Capital Classic on Wednesday night at Cordell Events Center.

The Lady Bulldogs scored first, but the Lady Patriots responded with an 11-0 run and the first quarter closed with the Lady Bulldogs down 13-4.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to struggle on offense, getting shutout in the second quarter, scoring only one point on a free throw in the third quarter and hitting just one shot in the fourth quarter.

Head coach John Griffin said what bothered him the most was not the number of points that the Lady Bulldogs scored, but they did not give themselves the opportunity to score.

“It’s a little disappointing that we could not get into our offense,” Griffin said. “I know we are going to have some difficulty trying to score, but we only got a total of 25 shots the entire game.”

The Lady Bulldogs struggled against the Lady Patriots’ tight defense, which prevented the Lady Bulldogs from working the ball inside.

“(Westover) plays a good man-to-man defense and we couldn’t take advantage by going by,” Griffin said. “They were a little quicker.”

Griffin said that his team has to play better on defense and they cannot beat themselves by turning the ball over.

“I was upset the way we played defense,” Griffin said. “We did not protect the ball well enough and had 29 turnovers.”

The Lady Bulldogs must also learn to play better as a team and help out other players when they get into trouble, he said.

“It’s a learning experience,” Griffin said. “We played four different point guards tonight and if they pick up their dribble, someone has got to come get the ball. We left point guards in some bad trouble tonight.”

Griffin said the loss will be an invaluable learning experience for his young team.

“It’s good for them to play against bigger and faster girls,” Griffin said. “In our region, we may face one or two teams that have the size that (Westover) has, but most of the teams are going to be our size.”

The Lady Bulldogs are a young team with just two seniors and only one that starts. Griffin said most of the teams’ problems are a result of youth and inexperience.

“We are trying to get better. We play everybody on the team,” Griffin said. “Right now we are trying to figure out who can play come January when we start the region schedule.”

The Lady Bulldogs came into this season with only one starter from last year and Griffin said it will take time for the other girls to step into their roles.

“When you come back with only one starter it is going to be hard,” he said. “It is going to take a while to get better.”

To reach Isaac Godfrey, call him at (478) 453-1463.

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