Lynn turned in its worst shooting performance of the season on the biggest stage in a 40-27 loss to Keith Tuesday night at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
Lynn’s first trip to the Final Four proved to be a short one as the Bears shot just 17 percent (10-of-59) from the field on the night and didn’t make a single 3-point attempt (0-for-16).
As a team, Lynn took 19 more shots than Keith.
Lynn star center Jackee Dodd had trouble adjusting to Keith’s twin towers of Harriet Winchester and Lyteisha Phillips. The duo held Dodd to just 13 points on 6-of-20 shooting.
That was plan according to Keith coach Cecil Williams.
“The gameplan was to double-team (Dodd) whether she had the ball or not,” Williams said. “We put one girl in front of her, one girl behind her and we let them shoot the three-ball all night. We weren’t going to let just one player beat us.”
Dodd, who took over Lynn’s win over R.A. Hubbard in the Northwest Regional Tournament championship last week, wasn’t able to duplicate that success against Keith. Against Hubbard, Dodd had 10 unanswered points during a key stretch in the third quarter that put the Bears ahead to stay.
She struggled from start to finish on Tuesday.
“I expected them to be big, but not that big,” Dodd said of Keith’s size. “They are big and tall and they block shots. I don’t think that was the problem, though. I just wasn’t hitting shots that I usually hit.”
I should have hit those shots. If I would have hit those shot we probably would have won the game.”