Lady Tigers can’t handle Lady Buffaloes, Leopards
The Lady Tigers now stand 6-17 on the season and 0-4 in District 23-3A.
With Smithville’s upset win over navasota Tuesday night, the Lady Buffaloes (11-12) take sole possession of first place in the league standings at 4-0.
Having difficulty finding the range, Rockdale trailed 19-5 after the first period and then 36-9 at halftime.
Giddings continued to cruise in the second half, outscoring the Lady Tigers 29-19 for the victory.
Sofia Rojas put up nine points to lead Rockdale, followed by Janeeane Maloy’s seven and Victoria Drake’s six.
Six-foot senior Cassiday Melcher paced Giddings with 18 points and 12 boards.
In their most inspired effort of the season, the Lady Tigers came out with a vengeance in the second half after trailing 25-12 at intermission.
Employing a full court press, Rockdale harassed LaGrange into seven turnovers, which is two more than they had in the first three quarters combined.
The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Leps 26-24 in the second half and 16-11 in the final period when made a run at their oppo- sition.
Trailing 46-30, a turnaround in the lane from Jill Young, a pull up by Victoria Drake and a bucket in the lane from Lisa Vest pulled the Lady Tigers to within 10 with 1 minute, 20 seconds remaining.
Drake canned another pull up jumper from the right side to make it 47-38, but Rockdale had run out of time with 32 seconds showing.
“If we play hard the whole game, good things can happen,” said Rockdale Coach Liz Galloway McQuitter. “This is a game we could have won.
“There were some good things that happened tonight. Am I happy about a loss—I’m not.”
Drake pumped in 12 points (including 10 in the second half) as the only Lady Tiger in double figures, also yanked down six rebounds and dished off a pair of assists.
L aGrange (13- 6, 1- 2) took advantage of its distinct height advantage as 5-foot-11 Breanna Horner was either clogging up the lane or filling the lane on the fast break.
Horner led the Lady Leps with 17 points and 12 boards.