Legends hold off Lady Rebs

Shooting is necessary for winning basketball, and the Lady Rebs learned this obvious fact the hard way on Thursday.

Lackluster offense from both the charity stripe and the perimeter doomed Ole Miss as the Ohio Girls Basketball Report Legends took the exhibition 84-78 Thursday. It is the final tune-up for the Rebels before opening the regular season at Nebraska on Sunday.

The Legends led from the midway-point of the first half and opened up a double-digit lead on several occasions. Ole Miss hit a lowly 1-13 attempts from 3-point range and shot a frustrating 55 percent from the free throw line. OGBR sustained the lead with 7-of-20 from outside the arc and a serviceable 71 percent at the stripe.

"I don't feel that we played a solid 40 minutes in any capacity," Renee Ladner said. "It is early, and we will get better, but I was very displeased. We work too hard to play like that.

"They did settle for too many threes. If you can't hit three in a row, then you better not shoot them. There are other ways to beat people. Whether it is breaking them down off the dribble or in transition."

Facing a 10-point halftime lead, the Rebels responded out of the break and cut the deficit to four points throughout the half but would never get closer. A turnover or opponent basket pushed the lead back out and killed Ole Miss' momentum.

"It think it is mental," Ladner added. "When you cut it to four, you better find a way to make a stop and take care of the next possession. I think it is growing pains when you have a freshman and a sophomore leading the pack. They made the bad pass or didn't pay attention on defense."

The Rebels put four players in double figures led by Shawn Goff's second consecutive double-double. The junior poured in a game-high 19 points with 11 rebounds. Alliesha Easley and Kayla Melson each added 13, while Danetra Forrest rounded out the superlatives with 12 points.

Ole Miss outrebounded the Legends by seven caroms, but OGBR transitioned 20 turnovers into 27 points.

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