After a rough start, the Lone Tree offense showed signs of life in the second half of a 71-47 loss to Iowa Valley on Monday.
The Lions struggled with turnovers during a 23-1 second quarter run, but took better care of the ball in the second half.
“I thought we attacked the zone a little bit better,” Lone Tree coach Tom Squiers said.
“In the second half, I thought we had better ball movement.
“We made some shots. I think those were important, but you know we’re only in game three. So we’ve just got to keep working to get better.”
Sophomore Mitchell Koedam scored 13 points in the second half and led Lone Tree with 17 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Tyler Bell had 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Cade Patterson scored six points while Adam Knock was 3-4 from the free throw line and finished with five.
Brody Ward scored 32 for the Tigers and made five 3-pointers.
Iowa Valley hit seven from outside, while Drew Gaulley finally ended Lone Tree’s drought from outside with a 3-point make in the fourth quarter. The Lions were 1-19 from the 3-point line.
Iowa Valley improved to 7-2 with the win as Lone Tree dropped to 0-3. Prior to tip-off on Monday, Lone Tree had just one player with more than two career starts: Alex Viner, who had five.
The inexperienced Lions scored just 59 total points through the first two games and spent the winter break focusing on that side of the court.
“We really emphasized the offensive end, because we’re really having hard time scoring the ball right now,” Squiers said. “We can’t throw it in the ocean right now. We can’t make a layup, we can’t make a free throw. Until we get better offensively, we’re going to struggle.”