Both teams should try to put yesterday's game behind them.
The farther, the better.
Arundel went more than 13 minutes before scoring its first field goal, and visiting North County came away with a sloppy, 32-25 victory yesterday in a Bay Division girls basketball matchup.
The Knights won despite going 11 of 39 from the field and committing 30 turnovers. Arundel lost because it made just 10 of 65 shots and committed 25 turnovers.
"I'm not pleased with how we won, but I'll take it. I know we can do better, and so do the kids," said North County coach Sally Entsminger, whose team lost to Arundel, 57-45, in last year's Class 4A, Region IV quarterfinals.
"We played well the first half, then we lost our composure."
The Knights (3-1) almost lost the game. Arundel trailed 16-4 at halftime, but fought to within one point twice in the fourth quarter behind an effective zone press.
"It looked like we were rocked backed on our heels and lost some of our aggressiveness," Entsminger said. "Arundel hung tough; they didn't quit. We were lucky tonight."
The Wildcats' only point of the first quarter came on a Sarah Melby free throw with 7:05 left. They missed all 11 shots from the field and made nine turnovers.
Junior center Joy Farmer opened the second quarter with a follow, giving North County a 10-1 lead. Arundel (1-2) didn't answer until 4:33 remained, when Alina Smith made a free throw.
The elusive first field goal didn't come until 2:43 was left, when Shannon Noon passed inside to Smith for a layup, reducing the Knights' lead to 12-4.
North County's Becky Webb and Arundel's Virginia Gonski tied for game-high scoring honors with nine points. Farmer was averaging 25 points coming in, but had just six yesterday.
Arundel coach Lee Rogers, whose team held a 42-31 rebounding edge, blamed the offensive drought on "poor shooting and lack of patience."
"They didn't do a good job doing the things we asked them to do," he said. "I'm disappointed in the way we played. My seniors didn't take charge and I thought they would.
"It's early in the season. I guess we'll have to re-evaluate what we're doing."
Gonski's basket inside off a Noon pass cut North County's lead to 22-21 with just over four minutes left. The Knights' Jeanette Merrick answered with a short baseline jumper, and Emma Ketterle hit from the outside. Free throws from Farmer (two) and Ketterle (one) stretched the lead to 29-21 with 1:48 left.
North County won its first two games before losing to Northeast, 57-53, on Friday. Arundel has dropped two straight since opening the season with a 40-35 victory over Poly.