CLARKSBURG — The No. 2 Notre Dame Combating Irish are 17-3 and as proficient as any individual in Course A.
Nonetheless coach Jarrod West is concerned, a fear that didn’t go away in Wednesday’s 68-58 senior evening acquire more than the Tucker County Mountain Lions.
“We’re in difficulty. If we really do not turn some things, get some leadership, perform with a feeling of urgency, it could be a short March. We may possibly not get to March,” coach West claimed. “I know that may possibly sound ridiculous from a crew that’s been No. 1 most of the time, No. 2 now, but we’re not actively playing very well. I really do not know which buttons to drive, but we’re not actively playing very well. It is frightening. And it’s sad for the reason that this is the most proficient crew that I’ve experienced, with 11 or 12 seniors. We’re in a difficult scenario.”
Jaidyn West scored 12 of his game-substantial 22 factors in the fourth quarter to go with 6 steals and 4 assists and ND made use of a 17-8 run from late in the 3rd quarter to early in the fourth quarter to create some separation.
“He’s got to perform far better, nevertheless,” coach West claimed. “We settle for also many contested 3s. He’s capable of making them, but he’s struggled to shoot a minor little bit. He’s got to get in the paint and make layups or dump down or kick out.”
Tyler Hardesty also arrived on in the ultimate period with 6 factors and finished with 15.
Gabe Zummo additional 12 factors, seven rebounds and 4 assists and Nate Helm contributed 10 factors and seven rebounds.
Jeffrey Snyder’s 21 factors and Corrick Ambrose’s 14 led Tucker County (6-12).
Notre Dame took a 12-6 guide in the initially quarter many thanks to an 8- run and ended up up by as many as 11 at 23-12.
Down 25-15 heading to the second quarter, Tucker County went on an 8- run halfway via the period to seize the guide at 29-28 as Ambrose and Wyatt Betler strike 3s.
Notre Dame answered with 6 in a row of its possess to guide 34-29, but Tucker County got back in two at the split, 36-34, on a Betler 3.
“We made use of to hang our hats on protection, force protection. And what we’re demonstrating on the flooring correct now may possibly be the worst protection that I’ve at any time experienced on a crew,” coach West claimed.
“We’re an offensively-minded crew and that will not work in Charleston (at the condition tournament). We rely also considerably on our ability on offense. We experienced 36, but we gave up 34.”
With Notre Dame primary 41-40, Helm built a layup, then bench spark Elias Gordon put back a overlook then tallied a layup to go the cushion to seven factors.
It was a 49-43 contest heading to the fourth.
Snyder lower the hole to 4 with a basket, but West built a 3 then a layup to extend the guide to nine.
Tucker County pulled back in 6 at 58-52 on 4 straight Ambrose factors, but Notre Dame scored the up coming seven, 4 from West, to go up by double figures for excellent.
“We built adequate performs to get by,” coach West claimed. “If we perform in the up coming two game titles like we have in the last two, we will get rid of. I told the fellas, be sad, for the reason that we have the option to be anything particular. But the way we’re on the lookout correct now, we could seem back and say, ‘We threw it away.’”
The Irish head to Charleston Catholic on Friday right before closing the typical time at Madonna up coming Tuesday.
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