FLORENCE — The Florence Lady Buffs struggled holding onto the ball early, compiling 20 turnovers in the first half in an eventual 30-15 loss to the Lago Vista Lady Vikings on Friday.

Shali Simpson scored six points to lead Florence, tying for game-high honors.

Sloppy play dominated the game, with Florence (1-2) shooting a paltry 13 percent (5 of 37) from the floor. Lago Vista didn’t fare much better, shooting 17 percent (11 of 62).

“The first half was tough,” said Florence head coach Drake Stanczak. “We had 20 turnovers in that half alone, and that’s hard to get any rhythm going when you do that.”

The first quarter epitomized what Stanczak was talking about, with Florence only scoring two points. Heading into the locker room at half with only four points on the board, it was clear Florence needed to do something.

“We played aggressive,” said Stanczak, “I told the team at half to slow down a little bit. We were rushing in that first half, and we want to get out and run on fast breaks, but we needed to slow down and run our offense.”

Able to create looks in the paint in the second half, Florence simply could not get its shots to fall.

“We missed so many shots down low,” said Stanczak, “We just left a lot of points on the floor tonight in missed layups and free throws.”

“We have a lot of girls who haven’t played varsity ball before, and there’s a learning curve there.”

Florence heads to Holland for its next game on Nov. 26 to face the Hornets in the Hornets’ season opener.

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