Patience remains a virtue that the Corinth Holders girls basketball team has yet to grasp.
As a result, the Pirates fell victim to a 71-31 defeat Thursday at the hands of Big East 3A Conference member Wilson Hunt.
The loss sent the Pirates of the Two Rivers 3A Conference to their third loss in four outings, and the first without point guard and leading scorer Tajah Clark. Clark had suffered a knee injury earlier in the week at Nash Central.
The Pirates had difficulty getting the ball beyond the 3-point arc, going six minutes without a basket following Khadijah Neal’s score off a dish from Melanie Tola at the 5:47 mark of the first period.
After that, the Pirates suffered through a deluge of quick hands by the Warriors, who generated six steals. Then there were six unadvised passes and a pair of possessions bobbled out of bounds.
“And I’m sure they (Warriors) scored points off all of them,” said Pirates coach Brandy Smith. “We were just trying to force things too much, trying to make something happen.
“At the same time, not trying to realize playing within their own game – instead trying to elate things that are not there.”
By slowing their play, the Pirates cut down on their turnovers by quarter, slicing the errors in half in the second period, then by one in each of the following quarters.
Ballard finished the night with 14 points, one of three Warriors in double-figures scoring.