HORN LAKE, Miss. -- The Blytheville Chickasaws opened the 2012-13 season with a 54-43 loss to Broad Street High School of Shelby, Miss.
The two teams combined for 59 total turnovers with Blytheville committing 34 of them.
"They (Broad Street) ran a 2-3 zone and then a 1-3-1. We had a hard time adjusting and then when we did adjust, we still kept turning the ball over," said Blytheville head coach Jeff Flanigan, who made his debut on the Chickasaw bench Thursday night.
Blytheville (0-1) trailed 17-4 with just a few minutes left in the first half before trailing 22-19 heading into the third period. The Chicks tied the game at 23-23 early in the third but back-to-back turnovers lead to another run for Broad Street, which led 37-31 heading into the fourth.
"I thought that if we could get it back to a tie game and have a clean slate we'd be alright but then we were right back in catch up mode again."
One bright spot was the Chickasaw defense. While they coughed the ball up 34 times, they did manage to to swipe 25 turnovers of their own under Coach Flanigan's full-court pressure defense.
"We pressed the whole night," said Flanigan. "They (Broad Street) did not score a basket out of a set offense all night. Everything was off one of our turnovers or on free throws."
For the game, Norderres McKillion led Blytheville with 12 points, Larry Bolden added 12 and Jerrod Knowles chipped in six.
The Chicks are off tonight and play Rosa Fort High School of Tunica, Miss. at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.