Lady Dogs use overtime in win
In the first official game at the new Tiger gymnasium, the Lady Tigers fought gallantly but alas, fell in overtime, 39-33 to neighbor Thorndale.
With the 56-27 loss Tuesday night to LaGrange, Rockdale drops to 0-6 on the season.
The Lady Dogs, ranked No. 10 in Class A, improved to 4-3 on the season.
In a physical contest, Thorndale outscored the Lady Tigers 7-1 in the extra period in a game that changed hands 12 times.
"The game was heart wrenching," said Rockdale Coach Liz McQuitter of Thorndale. "It is still a case of us having control and not getting the win. The girls
"Well....we didn't play our best game of the year," said Thorndale Coach Bradley Dickerson. "We struggled with turnovers and missed shots most of the game. Due to foul trouble, we had to go to a zone to try and slow down Ivory (Douglas) from going to the basket.
Rockdale constructed the largest lead in regulation when Annie Wilde canned a jumper from the left side to make it 21-16 with 58 seconds left before halftime in the Lady Tigers' most productive quarter of the season.
However, they followed that by managing just two points in the third quarter when they were 0-for-6 from the field and Thorndale grabbed the lead 26-23 by the end of the quarter.
The lead changed hands six times in the final eight minutes and it appeared that Rockdale might pull out the historic win after Brittany Frei hit a turnaround and connected on the bonus free throw after being fouled to put the Lady Tigers up 32-30 with 21 seconds showing.
However, Jordan Heine sank two free throws with six sconds showing to send the game into overtime, which was dominated by the Lady Dogs.
Rockdale was without its leader Ivory Douglas in the extra period after she fouled out towards the end of regulation with a teamhigh nine points
Thorndale won despite shooting 23 percent from the f loor and 35 percent from the free throw line after missing 18 charity shots.
"We shot poorly from the free throw line most of the night," Dickerson said. " Our post players got lots of touches inside and we didn't convert as much as we normally do. I felt like if we could just knock down a few shots and get on a small roll we would be alright.
"We finally made a couple of baskets in a row to have a little cushion there. Points were hard to come by in this game. We need to work on being a little more patient and making better decisions."
The 5-foot-10 Heine led the Lady Dogs with 15 points and was the only player in the game in double figures.
Brittany Frei complemented Douglas with seven points and eight rebounds for Rockdale, while Ashlee Page tried to counter Thorndale's physical play with 13 boards.
"We have to continue to work on our confidence," said McQuitter. " In hindsight, I was pleased withmany things, but we need to close the game out with a win."
The Lady Tigers had trouble finding the basket Tuesday night in their 56-27 loss to LaGrange.
Douglas led Rockdale with six points, seven rebounds three assists and two steals, followed by Wilde's five points.
NIGHT OF FIRSTS
Here is a list of firsts in the first game ever played at the new Rockdale gymnasium: First jump ball—won by Thorndale's Margie Sue Llana. First shot—Kara Niemtschk, Thorndale First basket—Meagan Frei, Rockdale (5:15 1st quarter) First steal—Brittany Frei, Rockdale. First rebound—Ivory Douglas, Rockdale. First foul—Victoria Drake, Rockdale. First free throw—Jordan Heine, Thorndale. First three-point attempt— Kara Niemtschk, Thorndale. First three-pointer—Lance Loewe, Rockdale
|Rebounds:||Frei 6.0, Page||5.0|
|FT%: Wilde||100, Maloy||100|