The Lady Blues were probably thought of as a doormat entering district play.
After finishing 2-6 in district play to tie with Iowa Park for last place a season ago, many didn’t expect much from the largely in-tact team in 2013-2014.
That is why, after Graham’s 57-34 victory over Iowa Park in the opening game of the district season, Blues coach Lindsay Griffin thinks her team might have raised some heads and brought attention to her quietly improving program.
“I think having this win will give our girls some confidence,” Griffin said. “I feel like everybody in the district is going to be surprised by that score. That puts a target on our back and that’s a good thing. We’re going to have to bring it every night now. We earned some respect tonight, and with that comes the responsibility to compete.”
Pinpointing a single statistic or player responsible for the victory might be a difficult task, but if the Blues hope to continue the success, keeping turnovers at a minimum while getting double-digit steals could be a good place to start.
Led by Madison Farmer’s nine steals, the Blues took the ball away from the Hawks 15 times while turning it over 17.
For Griffin, those steals combined with the overall defensive performance stood out the most.