Lady Tigers kickoff loop play with loss to Yoemen

‘New season’ brings new hope of turnaround
BY BILL MARTIN Reporter Sports Editor

Ashlee Page posted two doubledigit games at Franklin. Ashlee Page posted two doubledigit games at Franklin. The opening of district play is a chance to either remain in the status quo or turn things around for the better.

While getting closer to the turnstile, the Rockdale Lady Tigers could not overcome

poor shooting and weak rebounding night and lost their District 24-3A opener to Cameron Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium 37-25.

The Lady Tigers drop to 2-12 on the season.

Rockdale missed 26 of the 34 shots (23 percent) they took and managed just 26 rebounds against a beatable Cameron squad.

A hindrance of 21 turnovers, including seven in the fourth quarter when the Lady Tigers were two-of-11 from the field, prevented them from making a late run at the Lady Yoemen.

“My focus r ight now w it h the team is to get better,” said Rockdale Coach Liz McQuitter. “Instead of long term goals, we are taking it one game at a time. I also want them to know that they do have some control over their destiny.”

Victoria Drake turned in her best scoring effort of the season with nine points in the Lady Tigers’ loss to Bremond in Franklin. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Victoria Drake turned in her best scoring effort of the season with nine points in the Lady Tigers’ loss to Bremond in Franklin. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Rockdale actually jumped out early 5-0, but in a back-and-forth affair, trailed just 8-7 after the first period and 13-12 at halftime and would never own the lead again.

Two huge lapses in scoring would doom the Lady Tigers.

Between the second and third quarters, Rockdale went almost 10 minutes without a field goal as Cameron surged ahead.

In the fourth quarter, as the Lady Yoemen constructed a double digit lead, the Lady Tigers went seven minutes between baskets.

Meagan Frei fronted Rockdale with six points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Vickie Drake and Ivory Douglas chipped in five points and three steals apiece

“Competence will breed confidence is what I have tried to instill all year,” McQuitter said. “I think they are seeing that becoming fundamentally sound in all areas is key to our success, but so is transfer of knowledge to application in a game, and competing every time we take the floor.

“Pride in this program and the blue and gold is an intangible that we are trying to drive home. This is a great group of young ladies, but at some point, you have to just go out and take what you want.”

Franklin Tournament

In a holiday tournament they have always done well in, the Lady Tigers dropped three games.

Rockdale lost to Hearne 52-36, Bremond 32-26 and Academy 34-24.

Against Hearne, Ashlee Page erupted for a season team high of 16 points while also collecting seven rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.

Douglas turned in five points, nine rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

In the Bremond game, Page hit double figures again with 10 and just missed out on a doubledouble with nine boards.

Drake had her best scoring night of the year with nine.

In the opener against Academy, Douglas totaled seven points.

“We certainly are capable of having won several games we lost and can still win ball games. This, I already know. The key is to get them to know and believe it.

“With district a new season starts. It is a chance to get refocused and play to our potential. In the meantime, while we are in the storm, keep learning, and never stop believing.

“A s far as the t wo w ins, I thought after the Waco Reicher game, we were on our way. I was baffled by the lack of confidence we still exuded entering the Franklin tournament. It is a tournament in which we have always done well. I tend to lose sight of the lack of experience, but that said, we are over a third of our season and it is time for us to step up.”

NOTES— District 24-3A features three of the top 10 ranked teams in the state. Bryan Rudder (14-2) sits atop at No. 1, Navasota (16-1) follows quickly at No. 2 with Madisonville (8-2) at No. 10.
Team District Overall
Navasota 1-0 17-1
Madisonville 1-0 9-2
Cameron 1-0 0-0
Taylor 0-0 0-0
Rockdale 0-1 2-11
Bryan Rudder 0-1 14-3
Caldwell 0-1 0-0
Tuesday’s results: Cameron 37,
Rockdale 25; Thorndale 60, Taylor
35; Navasota 69, Bryan Rudder 54.

Player Games PTS AVG
Page 10 57 5.7
Douglas 13 63 4.8
Frei, B. 13 56 4.7
Drake 13 32 2.5
Wilde 12 28 2.3
Maloy 13 23 1.8
Pannell 12 22 1.8
Frei, M. 13 23 1.8
Sieber 11 8 0.7
Young 9 4 0.4
Larocca 3 2 0.7
Coumont 12 6 0.5
Hearn 12 5 0.4
Willems 4 0 0.0
Team Leaders
Rebounds: Page 6.1, Frei, B. 6.0
Assists: Douglas 2.5
FT%: Wilde 100, Maloy 63
3PTS: Wilde 4, Maloy 2

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