Wednesday's 41-30 girls basketball loss to Lake Forest Academy was particularly frustrating for Fenton.
"We're better than this," Fenton coach Tim Anderson said after the Season's End Tournament game. "And that's what I'm having trouble dealing with right now. It's kind of what happened to us over Christmas. We got some really good looks and didn't finish, and it has a tendency with us to compound. It's a snowball effect. We haven't figured out a way yet to turn it around, and this was the net result."
Fenton (13-8) finished with 23 turnovers and made just 11 of 53 shots.
"We missed way too many shots," Anderson added.
Lake Forest Academy (9-6) took a 28-17 lead midway through the third quarter, but Fenton finished the period with a 6-1 run, then cut further into the Lake Forest Academy lead in the fourth quarter, pulling within 31-27.
"That's the team we are," Fenton senior guard Tina Guarino said. "We should have been up with them more, even on top."
Then Caxys coach Chris Tennyson brought 6-foot-3 Khadidiatou Diouf back into the game. Diouf scored the Caxys' final 10 points to bump the final margin back to double digits. She finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
"She's a little sick right now, so I think mentally she's a little bit checked out," Tennyson said. "And that's fine. But I think fourth quarter she decided I'm going to come and play and so she got some rest in the third and 10 points in the fourth quarter really helped us. And if we're able to pound the ball inside and she can be strong with it like she was, that frees us up on the perimeter a little bit too."
"All the credit in the world to her. She's a great post," Guarino added.
Part of the Caxys' strategy for stopping Fenton was stopping Guarino, who was held to 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Lake Forest Academy's Jasmine Sawyer shadowed Guarino all over the court whenever the Bison went on offense.
"She's a great defender," Guarino said. "I give her a lot of credit. She kept me working. We don't see a lot of teams that play up in your face like that, though. It was definitely different."
"She's a very good player and she's going to get better as time goes on, so we decided to take the ball out of her hands as much as we could," Tennyson said of Guarino.
Freshman guard Ellie Wassmann led the Bison with 13 points before fouling out with 1:21 to play. She also grabbed 6 rebounds.
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