It’s a good thing Mooresville High School’s girls basketball team has a while before engaging in its next scheduled game.
It may take a while for the Blue Devils to get over the way their season-opening appearance ended.
Mooresville, which had all three of its initially-scheduled games set to take place earlier in the month delayed by conflicts, lost all of the more than 20-point lead it held in the second half alone. The Devils allowed the eventual game-winning basket to be scored at the game-ending buzzer to endure a 46-44 defeat to cross-county foe South Iredell.
Idle over the remainder of the Thanksgiving holiday break covering exactly one week’s time frame, the Devils will take their 0-1 record back into play when making their home court debut early this week.
After building a 25-9 lead in place at the halftime break, the Devils pushed their advantage deeper into the double-digit department early in the third period before falling victim to a comeback storm by the Vikings.
Mooresville, which remained in the lead by 19 points with around one minute remaining in third period play, still held the upper hand into the final minute of play and appeared on the verge of clinging to the lead in the final seconds.
After failing to corral a rebound off a missed shot late in fourth period play, the Devils watched as a South Iredell player drove the length of the court and banked in a layup as the game-ending horn sounded. This was the only lead of the game for South Iredell.
Mooresville cruised early behind the total of three successful shots from three-point range dialed in by top returning leading scorer sophomore shooting guard Griselda Callejas. Additional assistance on the offensive front came from Ellie Goins and Lillian Davis, who each also added one made three-point shot to the cause. No additional individual information was available.
The Devils are back in action when playing host to Kannapolis Monday night, it also the first of three games on tap for Mooresville within a five-night span.