Pine Bluff coach Loy Moore gave three different reasons why his team fell to El Dorado 50-42 Friday: Turnovers, rebounding and officiating.

Pine Bluff coach Loy Moore gave three different reasons why his team fell to El Dorado 50-42 Friday: Turnovers, rebounding and officiating.

“Too many turnovers and lack of rebounding,” Moore said of the loss. “Same story.”

But what was different about the story was Moore’s complaints about the officiating in the loss.

Down 45-42 with 1:07 remaining, Pine Bluff (11-9, 3-4 6A-South) committed a foul, which the official said was a push. That sent Charlotte Bradley to the line for El Dorado (7-8, 5-2) and she hit both free throws.

However, Moore said the officials sent the wrong girl to the line and that Keyanna Smith should have shot the free throws.

“They sent the wrong free-throw shooter to the line,” he said. “We fouled (Smith) and they took her out of the game and let (Bradley) shoot.

“It’s huge. It’s a three-point game, and the wrong person shooting, and that’s a technical. Instead of them getting two free throws, that should’ve been our two free throws and the ball out.”

When Moore asked for an explanation, he said they told him they didn’t know who should be at the line.

“That’s their job to know,” he said. You have three officials out there getting paid to know and they didn’t know who got fouled. It’s frustrating, really frustrating.”

El Dorado coach Stephen Harshaw said he did not know who the foul was called on.

“I don’t know if they called the foul on the ball-handler or if they called it on (Bradley) as she broke open.

“The referee was dead certain that he called it on the right one.”

Down 47-42, Pine Bluff was unable to score on the ensuing possession and fouled to get an El Dorado shooter to the line.

The free throw was missed and Jalisa Smith and another El Dorado player got mixed up. Double technical fouls were given after the scrum and both were ejected from the game.

Moore said his player never should have been thrown out of the game.

“When our kid gets punched in the face, it’s a double technical. Why?” he said. “I don’t understand. What are you supposed to do? Turn the other cheek and have her punch you again?”

Once again, Harshaw did not see any punches thrown.

“I didn’t see anything, honestly,” he said. “There were all on the floor and I just saw people flailing.”

Despite the extra commotion, Pine Bluff tied the game at 42 with 2:45 left before Bradley hit her third three-pointer of the game to give El Dorado the lead for good.

But even then, Moore did not think Bradley got open for her three without some help.

“She hit some real big ones,” he said. “They were staggered and moving and taking out whoever was on her, and of course it was never seen. Lots of moving screens.”

Aija Richardson had 16 points for Pine Bluff and Victoria Broady scored nine. Bradley finished with 17 points for El Dorado.