(T-G Photo by Brett Turner)
During Friday's game against Fayetteville, the Vikings got good looks through most of the game, but for one reason or another the shots just wouldn't fall.
That string of bad luck cost the Vikes in the 69-57 loss, marking the fourth straight defeat the Vikings have suffered during this slump.
"We're struggling to put the ball in the basket--especially from the free throw line. The kids are really trying hard and giving good effort. It's just not falling for us right now," said Community coach Robbie Davis.
In retrospect, Community did in fact pour on the offense, but couldn't come up with the early points needed to keep pace with the breakneck speed of the Tigers. In the final two quarters, the Purple and Gold amassed a whopping 39 points.
Despite that rallying effort, the Vikings just couldn't overcome the struggles early in the game.
The Tigers took an early control and built an 18-10 lead after the first quarter. They led 37-18 after the first half, making a comeback seem all but impossible.
But the Vikings did come out swinging in the third and matched the Tigers' pace of 14 points.
Community really got the offensive juices flowing in the fourth quarter and amassed 25 points. Conversely, the Tigers were able to come up with 18, which was enough to secure the 12-point margin of victory.
While the Vikings struggled from the floor, the area that did the most damage was the free throw percentage.
Community only connected on 15-of-29 attempts at the free throw line--a number that if higher, could have had an impact on the outcome of the game.
Still, the Vikings got big points from Luke Primm, Tanner Simmons and Blake Fanning, who scored 18, 14, and 11 points, respectively.
"They're good kids and they work hard. We're going to keep working and keep trying,"
The Vikings got another chance to work out some kinks outside of district play on Saturday when they hosted Mt. Pleasant, but results were unavailable at press time.
Community 10 8 14 25 -- 57
Fayetteville 18 19 14 18 -- 69
Community: Luke Primm 18, Tanner Simmons 14, Blake Fanning 11, Zeke Grissom 7, Tyler Cowan 3, Logan Pierce 3, Taylor Paschal 1.