The steps have been small, but Hanover girls basketball coach Brian Fisher has seen improvement in the second half of the season as the Indians fell short in their bid to qualify for the post season tournament

The tough part for the Indians, according to Fisher, has been trying to put a complete game together.

“We are making strides in the right direction,” Fisher said. “We are giving a lot of effort and improvement, but we have not put the complete game together. We had a good game plan for Silver Lake, but we got tired at the end and it cost us. We played a zone, but Silver Lake made us work and they tired us out at the end. We tried to run the transition offense in the game and we did, and that also wore us down. We wore ourselves down a little bit.”

The Indians had a 30-16 lead with 5:06 left in the third quarter against the Lakers Tuesday, Feb. 6, but struggled to score for the rest of the game.

Silver Lake outscored Hanover, 24-7, in the fourth quarter, going on an 11-3 run at the end of the game and rallied from a 34-25 deficit for a 49-41 win.

The Indians’ quest for a post season bid was denied in their next game against Pembroke on Friday, Feb. 9 in a 56-31 loss to the Titans.

Hanover trailed Pembroke, 25-18, at halftime and struggled offensively in the second half.

“Every game for us had been a tournament game,” Fisher said. “We were trying to tie for second place (in the Patriot League Fisher Div.) and get into the tournament that way. We were trying to get into the post season any way that we could. The game with Silver Lake was tough one, because we were up by 14 in the third quarter.”

Despite the back-to-back loses eliminating the Indians from the tournament, Fisher said there have been some bright spots in recent weeks, including getting some of the younger players playing experience.

“We have three seniors on the team and some younger players and they are learning,” said Fisher. “Some of them have played a lot more than others have this year, but they are learning from a different perspective. We did well against Patriot League Keenan Div. leading Duxbury, we had a chance to win that game. We are starting to play better.”

Another way Hanover is getting better, according to Fisher, is getting more scoring in its attack.

While the Indians at times during the year struggled to have someone come close or reach double figures individually in a game, they did get two strong individual performances in their 49-42 win over North Quincy on Feb. 2. Senior captain Taylor Scott scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while junior Erin Flynn added 13 points.

The Indians also had three different players score in double figures in the Silver Lake game Feb. 6. Kathryn Fallon scored 11 points, and Flynn and Janey Devlin both had 10 points each.

“Kathryn Fallon got us going early on in the Silver Lake game with her shooting,” Fisher said. “Taylor Scott, she is a heck of a player and does a lot of nice things. Erin Flynn is shooting the ball better.”

“We had three players in double-figures in the Silver Lake game and that is an improvement for us.”

Hanover was scheduled to face Scituate at home Tuesday, Feb. 13 and will host Rockland Thursday, Feb. 15 with tip off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Indians will travel to Brockton Friday, Feb. 16 to face the Boxers at 7 p.m. and will travel to Foxboro Jan. 19-20 to compete in the Foxboro Tourney to end the season.