It was a rough go during a five-day span for the Tallmadge girls basketball team.
The Blue Devils dropped to 4-4 overall after losing to host Louisville 58-32 Wednesday. Host Tallmadge also fell to 2-2 in the Suburban League American Conference after losing to Copley 53-33 last Saturday at James O. Maddox Court.
The Blue Devils fell behind 18-11 after the first quarter and trailed 36-15 at halftime against the Leopard.
"Our biggest concern was Louisville’s press, but I thought we handled it pretty well," Tallmadge head coach Brett Bickar said. "Once we got the ball across half court past their main pressure, we had a lot of turnovers and they converted those into a lot of easy baskets."
Senior guard Lizzie Bickar scored 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead the Blue Devils
"Lizzie shot the ball pretty well," Coach Bickar said. "She also created some plays for her teammates. Her defense was very good too. She had a lot of deflections."
Freshman guard/forward Maya Dexter added six points for Tallmadge. No one else scored more than four points for the Blue Devils.
Tallmadge trailed 28-5 in the first quarter against the Indians and didn’t recover.
"We helped Copley a little bit in the first quarter," Coach Bickar said. "We were out of our rotations defensively, but I give Copley credit. They shot the lights out and played good defense.
"We battled the rest of the game, but you dig yourself that kind of deficit … with our struggles offensively, it’s really hard to come back from anything like that."
Despite the tough defeat, Lizzie Bickar scored 17 points, including two 3-point shots. She also had eight rebounds and four steals.
"Lizzie is just a good competitor out there," said Coach Bickar. "She’s just out there busting her butt all the time from when the game starts to whenever we decide to pull her out. That just needs to become contagious on the team and that will help us moving forward."
Senior forward Jill Catalano battled through an injury to score six points and record seven rebounds and two steals.
"Jill is definitely not near 100 percent, but she’s giving us everything she has," Coach Bickar said. "It was a typical Jill game, a little bit of everything and just solid play."
Dexter scored four points and added four rebounds and a steal.