INDIANAPOLIS – The Zionsville girls basketball team knows their margin for error isn’t very big if they are going to win basketball games this winter.

Thursday night showed what can happened when they don’t take cared of the ball.

Zionsville turned the ball over 24 times, and fell to Cathedral 48-27 on the road.

“It’s almost like we get in a panic state with the ball,” Zionsville head coach Andy Maguire said. “I hate to say that right now, but we don’t have anybody that when they get the ball really wants it and is confident to make that next pass. In the second half, we attacked the rim better, we just didn’t hit shots. We just have to continue to work on the things we have been in practice.”

Zionsville led 6-4 midway through the first quarter, but Cathedral turned up their defense and scored the 12 points and never trailed again.

The Eagles defense kept them in the game as long as they could, only allowing four points in the first five minutes of the second quarter, but the Eagles offense couldn’t match it.

“Defensively, our goal was to keep them under 40,” Maguire said. “We didn’t quite get there, but really we did a nice job. We made them shoot some tough shots. But really, a lot of their offense was our bad offense that led to offense for them.”

Zionsville got as close as eight early in the third quarter, but Cathedral closed the quarter on a 16-3 run to put the game away.

Eagle junior Katey Richason scored eight points in her first game of the season after battling an injury that sidelined her for seven weeks.

Maguire said he thought she was good for her season debut after a layoff.

“I thought she was fine,” Maguire said. “The problem now is we have to have the ball in her hands to start with. And so much attention goes to the ball, so it puts some pressure on her. We haven’t been able to work on that a lot. We have a couple more practices that we have to take advantage of before we face Western Boone.”

The Eagles are off until next Tuesday, when they host Western Boone.

“They play really hard,” Maguire said. “Kara Brewer has been doing a nice job and Megan (Alexander) has been doing a great job with this group. They are playing with confidence, which we aren’t right now. Teams that play with confidence usually do pretty well.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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