Lady Tigers can’t handle Lady Buffaloes, Leopards

Rockdale still winless in league play


Devin Flores makes an entry pass inside in the Lady Tigers’ district loss to LaGrange Friday night at Tiger Gym. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Devin Flores makes an entry pass inside in the Lady Tigers’ district loss to LaGrange Friday night at Tiger Gym. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Falling behind early, the Rockdale Lady Tigers dropped a 65-28 decision to Giddings on the road Tuesday night.

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.

LaGrange

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.


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