COVINGTON — Joe Smith has seen this before.
His Tri-County North boys’ basketball team has been able to play a solid two or three quarters against most opponents, but has yet to put together a complete game.
It’s happened mores times this season than the first-year coach would like.
And it happened again on Friday, Jan. 6, at Covington, as the Panthers suffered a 52-36 setback.
With the loss, North falls to 1-9 overall and 0-4 in the Cross County Conference on the season.
Against the Buccs, North trailed just 13-10 after the opening quarter and despite scoring just three points in the second quarter only trailed 21-13 at halftime. The Panthers were outscored 31-23 in the second half.
“Kind of the theme of our season,” Smith said. “(We) can’t seem to play four quarters of basketball.”
North shot just 29 percent from the field. The team was lead in scoring by Brian Stinson, who scored nine points. Bailey Lairson added eight and Zach Edgin chipped in seven.
North was scheduled to play at Bethel on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Panthers will host Ansonia on Friday and will travel to Preble Shawnee on Saturday.
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